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- The branding of 2016 as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, follows this 2015’s Year of Food and Drink status, and 2014’s Year of Homecoming.
- VisitScotland’s involvement signals the belief that there’s a tourism buck to be made out of selling Scotland’s architecture – both historic and new – as an attraction.
- WHEN fire tore through Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building on 23 May, 2014, the shockwaves spread far beyond the confines of the creative community.
- Turning the festival – and the entire Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – into a financial success is the responsibility, ultimately, of the quango.
- Contemporary structures add a new layer to our built environment, taking inspiration from and sometimes reacting against past achievements in design.
- As Charles Eames used to tell his staff: “Take your pleasure seriously.”
- The Eameses playful mischief is still evident in their home studio, the smaller pavilion that stands across a small courtyard from the house.
- New employees of the Eames Office would be set the daunting challenge of rearranging the keys to make a new tune.
- As the British brutalist architect Peter Smithson, an Eames-admiring contemporary, put it: “They made it respectable to like pretty things”.
- A replica features in the exhibition, providing an appropriately anarchic plinkety-plonk soundtrack to the riot of ideas.