We were delighted to have met this month with a delegation from the North Kelvin Meadow campaign. This project, vigorously driven by local residents and their time and care in nurturing public space over a considerable period of time, warrants serious discussion and raises important issues for 21st century cities. More details concerning the campaign (and information as to how you can get involved) can be obtained from their website.

Glasgow's Post-War Listed Buildings: Listing the 60s

"The architecture of Glasgow has always been one of originality and dynamism, representing the city as a place which embraces creativity wholeheartedly. The pace, ambition and scale that characterised the city's expansion in the decades leading up to and at the turn of the 20th century resulted in buildings that were at the forefront of new structural technology, as well as architectural innovation." New Glasgow Society welcomes Ranald MacInnes, Head of Heritage Management at Historic Scotland on Wednesday 21 November at 6:30pm for an open discussion & presentation on 'Listing the 60s'. A copy of the recent publication 'Glasgow's Post-War Listed Buildings' will be available for free to all attendees. 

We are curating a Pecha Kucha event: Parallel Cities: Unseen urbanism, phantom towns and the places we almost (or never) had at the Lighthouse on Wednesday 28 November. This promises to be an evening of profound insight and alternative urban vision, given the mystic diversity of the theme. Speakers (and it looks to be an eclectic evening) are yet to be confirmed, but tickets are available via the Lighthouse website or by calling 0141 276 5365. (Pecha Kucha is the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat" - as a format for show and tell, has become very popular around the world. It rests on an intense presentation format based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds each.)

We're very excited about a forthcoming engagement with the excellent The Drouth magazine. This future collaboration promises a visually stunning exhibition at the NGS space in the spring of 2013. More news as we have it.

In parallel, discussions are ongoing regarding celebrations of Glasgow's public mural work, much of which is currently under threat - we hope to be able to pull these together into a mixed event or series of events early next year.

"The building’s response to context is akin to that of a supermarket to its Tarmac": our resident straight-talker found the topic for this month's rant provided so much rich material that it has had to be published outside the run of this summary. If you want to know where the Riverside Museum falls down, read on here. Responses (from Ms Hadid or anyone else) are, as always, highly welcome - we exist to stimulate debate.

Personal gripe of the month: a good chunk of international visitors to Glasgow make their way from the Airport to the city via the Clyde Tunnel. For some time now we have greeted them there with a sight reminiscent of the best efforts of the Luftwaffe. McDonald's are, if it needs to be said, a massive multinational concern who pride themselves, apparently, on 'good neighbourliness', corporate responsibility, and their famous ability to construct a new outlet in a few weeks. How come this one has been rotting in a highly visible site for a couple of years?

Lex Lamb


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