‘Whaur Extremes Meot': intomstionaliy ’mohiio architecture.
big opening event. . . in Belgrade, the people were not co-ordinated in any way; they gave separate statements; they wouldn‘t look at each other or talk to each other; they were all very. very caught up in their own problems . . . in Budapest. the bins were all filled to the brim with pictures of Lenin and books on communism: there was nowhere to put our rubbish . . . in Prague. we actually got permission to go into one of the polling stations to take photographs and do interviews; after the results were announced we were given a translation of Havel’s speech to the people: it was an incredible experience. . in Berlin, it took them quite a long time to get to discussing the problems of the city, but when they did come to that point it was veryinteresting. . .‘
For Gunn and Renwick, however,
the most important issue remains architecture and the urban environment. They plan to continue their collaboration and involve themselves in Scottish building projects. ‘We’ve been trying to develop an art and architecture language which actually contributes to an improvement of the environment within the city,’ says Gunn. ‘That’s basically what the project is about. We’re not saying it’s the only way out of current problems, but it may alleviate the problem that’s becoming apparent in Glasgow at the moment - not so much the ofﬁce blocks as the developers moving in.
‘Analysing the videotapes has highlighted various problems that could arise come 1992 with trying to make a universal building technique. People are quite different in character in each city — and that’s something that should be considered.’
And what about the future of the structure itself, after it has housed a month of workshOps and discussions in the Capital of Culture? Gunn is currently recuperating from her travels at home in Kilmarnock , but does not shy away from the possibility of more work. ‘The building may go elsewhere,’ she hints. ‘We’re open to suggestion.’
The structure is open to the public daily, 10am-8pm, with free admission and disabled access. Individuals and small groups interested in performing or holding workshops should contact Honor Mulholland on 0698 64077. The following events (open to the public, though prior notice is requested) are scheduled for its ﬁrst two weeks on Glasgow Green. Events held after Thurs 12 will appear in next issue’s Open listings.
I Construction Workshop Sun 1 , 10am—6pm. The structure takes around ten hours to construct.- Students from Glasgow School of Art will be participating.
I Community Workshop Tue 3, 11am-1pm. (Held in Islamic Centre, 1 Mosque Avenue.) First of four workshops at which the team will initiate discussion on how peOple can begin to control the urban environment. The question is posed, ‘Have you ever wondered why housing schemes are so ugly — and what you can do about it?’
I Children’s Workshop Wed 4,
1 lam—1pm. Using their experience of children’s workshops across Europe, the team will lead kids’ activities in the structure.
I Public Discussion Fri 6, 2—4pm. The ﬁrst of two main discussions involving practitioners of art and architecture and other interested parties. This event will be ﬁlmed on video.
I Community Workshop Tue 10, 11am-lpm. See above for details.
I Children's Workshop Wed 11, 11am-1pm. See above for details.
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