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Event Preview: ACT Symposia Spring 2015

January 20th, 2015





Strathclyde's Architecture school has announced their ACT programme for 2015, which builds on the success of last year's sessions. Award-winning artists, academics, artists, architects and writers have been invited for a carefully curated curriculum of Architecture, Culture and Technology seminars.

Current themes are:

  • Modernity and Identity
  • Urban Art Practice
  • Land and Rights to The City

The series begins on the 5th of February with Modernity and Identity. Speakers on this theme include Gary Boyd, Reader in Architecture at Queen’s University, Neil Gillespie, Architect and director of  Reiach and Hall and Ashraf Salama, Professor, Head of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. All three esteemed speakers also have a connection to the Venice Biennale Architecture programme 2014.

Each session takes place on a Thursday evening, from 1600-1830. The symposia are open to all. For professional architects this is an RIAS-RIBA accredited CPD course.

Dates for sessions:

Modernity & Identity 5th February;Urban Art Practice 19th February;Land Rights to the City 5th March

Times: 1600-1830 for all sessions

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Department of Architecture,  75 Montrose Street

RIAS members - £10 per symposium; Students and unemployed - £2.50

For more information and to book please reply to

// Reviews to follow


CPD: Evening Symposia series at Strathclyde Architecture Dept.

January 14th, 2014


Strathclyde University is hosting a series of four evening symposia on discourses related to Architecture, Culture and Technology.

These have the added benefit of being CPD accredited for RIAS-RIBA and carrying 12 credits, as well as half-price for RIAS members, with further discounts available for advance booking. There are also concessions available for students, and it is possible to pay per symposium or on the door.

The first of the four starts on the 30th January with the topic 'Film, Architecture and The City', featuring talks from film makers Murray Grigor and Chris Leslie, alongside Professor Iain Borden from UCL.


The series runs on Thursday evenings, 4-9pm, at The James Weir Building on the university campus, until and including 27th February, except on the 13th February.

// for booking please click here

// Coverage to follow in February

Information correct at time of going to press. Article updated 15.01.14

Event Preview: Design Skills Symposium, Glasgow

January 10th, 2014




This year's Design Skills Symposium run by A+DS has an exciting agenda and venue. It will be held on the 20-21st March at the Emirates Stadium. With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a backdrop, the event will feature how a focus on a design-led approach to the creation of healthy sustainable neighbourhoods and community engagement can help to build the conditions for greater urban and economic resilience.

The event is intended for both built environment professionals, and people with an interest or involvement in the creation of places. It is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Clyde Gateway. A varied programme is on offer, including presentations, masterclasses, site visits and practical design exercises. The Scottish Government is running a pre-symposium drawing workshop entitled 'Drawing Places', designed for delegates wishing to implement drawing and design skills at The Lighthouse on the 27th February. This is provided at no extra cost; full details are also available on the symposium website.


// Bookings made before the 17th January are eligible for early bird rates. Discounted places are also available for students, recent graduates or individuals representing community groups.

// Coverage of the event will be published in March.



DNA Hub: Crowdfunding for Glasgow's Creative Community

October 30th, 2013
DNA Hub: Crowdfunding for Glasgow's Creative Community


Glasgow’s creative scene has been on the rise for many years now, and is starting to be celebrated in the mainstream, with innovations like the MAKlab facility recently featured on Glasgow City Council’s ‘People Make Glasgow’ tourism campaign. A new community creative hub DNA, led by Darren Kavanagh, is revitalising an empty central retail unit in Glasgow’s Style Quarter that has been vacant since the late 90’s. Just off George Square, 12-16 Frederick Street is the home for pop-up shop and arts venue DNA. DNA will offer affordable display, retail and studio space for creative start-ups to exhibit and sell their work and run events. An artisan café is also planned as a welcoming frontage for the community.

DNA is engaging with the architectural community, and has hosted an exhibition by architectural research and design collective Lateral North. During the exhibition the collective held well-attended free design consultations for prospective clients and tutorials for Masters students. Next month, entries from the recent Glasgow Institute of Architects’ design competition will be displayed at an exhibition at the venue, with shortlisted entrants invited to present at the opening night on the 13th November.

Though yet completely renovated, in its first few months so far DNA has hosted over 200 events including art exhibitions, charity projects, fashion shows and pop-up events. The response from the creative community and the general public has been strong, with over 9000 visitors and a growing crowd-funding campaign currently online. The campaign aims to raise £10,000 to help finance the growth plans, and there are incentives including free shop and exhibition space, discounts, and marketing plans. A party is planned for the 30th November for all contributors. Kavanagh says “Contributing to this campaign will mean the world to not just us at DNA but the many people who use our spaces on a daily basis”.


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// DNA Hub, 12-16 South Frederick Street, Glasgow G1 1HJ

// Glasgow Institute of Architects exhibition “Connecting The Seven Lochs”, opens Wednesday 13th November at DNA, and runs until 20th November.




Crumpled City Maps by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Palomar

May 17th, 2011

Reviews / Mapping / Travel

Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Palomar has come up with an innovative new map product that displays fresh 'out-of-the-box' thinking.  Trademarked as 'Crumpled City Maps' - the range  refreshingly does, well, exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin, so to speak.

The maps are printed on a special textile which is weatherproof, smudgeproof and light. As a designer,  I'm also a fan of the clear, simple iconography and clean graphic design employed in the overall look of the product. Too often maps become overcrowded and muddled with over-designed typography and complicating coding - this map is the antidote to unneccessary complexity. It won't replace an OS map for a field expedition, but it serves its purpose well as an informative, accessible and durable travel map that rips up the rulebook on conventional -tearable- street maps.

Read on for product specifications, and cities available in the range.

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