Online talks, autumn/winter 2020/21
11th November 2020 - 17th February 2021

Docomomo Scotland are pleased to present two online talks over the coming months on Modern architecture and planning. The talks are free, but you will need to register by e-mail. 11 November, 6 – 7.15 pm (via Zoom) “Too Commercial, No Convictions”: R. Seifert & Partners, Selling Commercial Modernism Dr Ewan Harrison, curator, RIBA This talk will offer an historical overview of R. Seifert & Partners, one of the largest, most prolific and most profitable architectural practices in the post-war period. From offices in London, Glasgow and Manchester, the practice designed hundreds of speculative and commercial commissions for property developer…

Docomomo Scotland events in 2020
Talks and tours in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston

[“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Alistair Fair’s talk at Dovecot Studios on 10 June had to be postponed. We’ve also had to postpone the Aberdeen walk scheduled for 25 July (not being confident that conditions by then would allow for it being an entirely comfortable experience). We’ll put out information on rescheduled dates when we can. Decisions on the events scheduled for September and October will be made nearer the time.” By Docomomo Scotland July 24, 2020] Docomomo Scotland established a program of events for 2020, as currently planned, is as follows. Given the pandemic-related restriction changes to the…

Guidelines for submitting the 2019/2020 Homework
Chapters News

Dear Docomomo Chapters, Due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19, we are extending the deadline of June 1st to August 15th, 2020. A plan for new documentation homework has been approved in the last Council Meeting, August 30th, 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia), proposed by the ISC/Registers. With the aim of moving forward to the documentation of conservation good practices, Docomomo Working Parties (WP) have to submit: Working Parties that already have submitted 30 Documentation Fiches and uploaded 50 sites to MOMOVE: (a) 1 fiche for 2019 and 1 fiche for 2020, on an example of Good Conservation Practice. Download the template here: link, and here: link. (b) A bibliography with 5-10 publications (books or articles) on Modern Movement…

Irvine New Town walking tour and lecture
12th October and 12th November 2019, Irving and Edinburgh, Scotland

Due to popular demand, the archaeologist Joss Durnan will rerun his free walking tour Irvine New Town: Scotland’s Lost Utopia, in Irving on Saturday, 12 October 2019, and hold a lecture on the same subject matter in Edinburgh, for Docomomo Scotland, on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, at The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, (preceded by the Annual General Meeting of Docomomo Scotland, see Docomomo Scotland’s article). Irvine was Scotland’s fifth New Town, and is the only New Town in the United Kingdom located by the seaside. As a New Town, Irvine pioneered a number of visionary ideas and built on the innovations…

Modernism at the Glasgow Doors Open Days
10th - 16th September 2018, Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, Glasgow

As part of the Glasgow Doors Open Days from 10 to 16 September 2018, the 1967 Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, designed by Honeyman Jack & Robertson and now Category B listed, became a Festival Pop-Up Hub, at which, over several days, a series of fantastic talks on 20th-century architecture and urbanism were held. It all started, on Monday, 10 September 2018, with Raw Concrete: Brutalism, Architecture and Energy and Glasgow Unbuilt ‘Cultural Centre’, two talks by the architectural historians Barnabas Calder and Alistair Fair respectively. On Tuesday, the architect Mark Baines discussed in his talk, titled In Search of Light: The Architecture of Gillespie, Kidd &…

Fife Modernist Architecture by minibus
9th September 2018, Fife, Scotland

Docomomo Scotland to visit Burntisland, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy on 09 September 2018 We are pleased to announce our forthcoming architectural minibus tour to the Kingdom of Fife, guided by the architectural historians Diane Watters and Katherine Breen, both of Historic Environment Scotland. We will be looking at significant Modernist works, especially post-war housing, as well as some churches and public buildings. The tour includes visits to Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and Glenrothes to see buildings by the famous architectural firms Gillespie Kidd & Coia and Wheeler & Sproson as well as other outstanding architects. The tour will depart from Rutland Square, Edinburgh, at 9.30 a.m., with a…

Talk: Leith´s Cables Wynd & Linksview Houses
27th February 2018, South Leith Parish Church Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

You are invited to a Docomomo Scotland talk on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, from 17:30 to 18:30, in which we will explore how Cables Wynd and Linksview Houses, two major examples of Scottish postwar mass housing, in Leith, Edinburgh, received listed-building status and learn about the current redevelopment proposals for Linksview House. Our speakers are Dawn McDowell of Historic Environment Scotlandand Jude Barber and Nicola McLachlan of Collective Architecture. Part of the 1960s redevelopment of Central Leith, the two housing complexes were designed by the architectural firm Alison & Hutchison & Partners. They are today “among the best of Scotland´s post-war mass urban housing schemes … characterising the ´New Brutalism´ in building current…

Talk: Modernist Legacy in Cambodia and Vietnam
6th February 2018, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

You are invited to a Docomomo Scotland talk by our Treasurer Nick Haynes, an architectural historian, living in Edinburgh. On Tuesday evening, 06 February 2018, Nick will share Modernist impressions of his recent journey through Cambodia and Vietnam. More holiday slideshow than academic lecture, the tour will look at Tradition and Innovationin Modernist architecture and take us to various places in both countries, looking at the fascinating mid-20th century legacy of architectural and urban planning in socialist Southeast Asia. This will, of course, feature the architecture of the Cambodian star architect Vann Mollyvann, but also many works by other designers. The talk will take…

Lecture: Edinburgh´s Interwar City Architect E. J. MacRae
28th November 2017, Methodist Church on Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, Scotland

“Steven Robb, a heritage specialist, will present housing projects in Edinburgh from the interwar period, which were designed by the then City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae. In Robb´s talk, titled Obstinately Traditionalist, the Deputy Head of Casework at Historic Environment Scotland will discuss how MacRae became City Architect in 1925 and took over responsibility for housing from the City Engineer, Adam H. Campbell, the following year. Whereas Campbell had experimented with different building types and prefabrication, MacRae returned to traditional masonry construction, holding firm against Modernism, until wartime restrictions caused a change in direction. His work shaped much of the city outside its centre…

Design for Today film evening in Edinburgh, Scotland
13th December 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland

13 December 2016, Design for Today film evening in Edinburgh, Scotland “To conclude our activities for 2016, we would like to invite Docomomo members and their guests to an exclusive evening with British mid-20th century documentary shorts presenting various aspects of design. Mince pies and mulled wine will surely help to make the evening jolly. Come along on Tuesday, 13 December, from 17:30 to 19:00 at the University of Edinburgh, The Maltings / Minto House, 20-22 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ. The event is supported by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the staff and students of which…