Designs on Democracy: Architecture and Design in Scotland Post Devolution

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John Hunt Publishing, Dec 14, 2012 - Design - 172 pages
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Whilst there are some studies of architecture in Scotland post-devolution, writings on design are largely non-existent. Designs on Democracy seeks to fill that gap and ranges over the debates concerning architecture, urbanism, design and the Creative and Cultural Industries and the policies, people and places that stimulate and animate them. The book also tells a story about Scotland s creatives where they work and how their ideas and what they create and design contribute to Scotland s democratic culture and identity.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Alan Pert Director NORD Architecture Introduction
5
A Beacon For Scotland
9
Architecture and Design Centre or Multiplex?
12
An Art Lesson Glasgow has to Learn
18
Why Do We Need Art Schools?
20
Progressive Pragmatism
27
Subverting Design
32
Design Through Industry
37
An Architect Who Truly Deserves His Iconic Status Charles Rennie Mackintosh
104
Miles
107
When is a Designer not a Designer?
110
Defining Place
113
Global Warning viii
119
Designs on Making Scotland Competitive
123
The Creative Class In Scotland
127
Why Ceramics Education in Scotland Hasnt Quite Died
129

Burning Questions 3 4 5 6 7 8
43
A Score Created For Frozen Music
48
Urban Models and the Worldwide Expansion of Urbanism
52
Motion and the Scots Invention of Mobility
56
Patronising Places
60
The Lighthouse and Scotlands Policy on Architecture
70
Design Defines the Century
77
The Great Heritage
81
No Place for Public Hanging 17 Designs on a Budget
88
Welcome to their Space
91
Glasgow Design City
94
Sun Sex and TEA
133
Aberdeens City Square Project Represents a Loss of Democracy
136
The Future is Digital?
138
Creative Industries and Scotlands Urban and Rural Creative Economy
147
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Aberdeen Doesnt Need a McGuggenheim and Shouldnt Have to Vote on it Either
160
Acknowledgements
162
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Stuart MacDonald OBE was born and brought up in Scotland where he  trained in fine art. He was the founder Director of the Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture and Design and is Emeritus Professor, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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