Current Concerns

Walter Segal

2018

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

A Walter Segal day down Walter’s Way in Lewisham 19 September 2015, rekindles thoughts with Jon Broome and John Segal; and learning so much from newer enthusiams among younger and fresher residents, self-builders and those open to possibilities, gets me going once again to work for a Segal book out there.  The AA exhibition in January 2016 is much anticipated, and so my mind begins to whirl around all this once again.

Learning From Segal was published 26 years ago, is very difficult to find (Amazon claims to be selling a copy for £126!), and is due for a thorough overhaul and updating – and publishing cheaply.   There is much optimistic discussion again in late 2015 about it being regenerated and published via crowd funding – if you’d be interested to be kept in touch with plans, please contact by email.

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Alice Grahame has got a great Segal website started here. 

(Photo on Architects’ Journal cover and on Learning from Segal cover both taken on the same day in the mid 1970s by John McKean (c))

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Giancarlo De Carlo

2018

I remain in discussion with elèuthera about the hope of publishing a translation of Franco Bunčuga’s conversations in English, they are suggesting with a text by me as an introduction.

Though I (with Eilsabetta Pedron)  made a rough translation early in this millennium, I never managed to interest a publisher. It is exciting that a new Italian edition is out and there is interest in translation, at least from elèuthera, and it has a enthusiastic supporter in Dr Adam Wood.  

By far its best exposure in English so far is by Adam Wood on his blogsite – it is found here

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Adam Wood had given a fascinating, long paper “Giancarlo De Carlo: How to Keep Educational Architecture Human or Creative Anti-Institutionalism” in June 2018 to Radical Pedagogies, Anarchy, Education & Architecture hosted by the Bartlett’s Spatial Engagement Network. It  is found on his blog here. 

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

 

2018

Shortly after the catastrophic destruction of the Glasgow School of Art, in July 2018 The James M MacLaren Society published a version of the (too long!) talk I gave in beautiful Fortingall nearly a decade ago.  (It can not be found online.)

 

2017

I am invited by The National Trust for Scotland to be part of an advisory group overlooking the necessary conservation and restoration work at The Hill House.

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The Hill House drawing room in winter, photograph by John McKean (c)

 

2015

18 February 2015, the ‘first ever exhibition of Mackintosh’s architecture in London’ opens at RIBA, having come from Pamela Robertson’s wonderfully comprehensive project at the Hunterian in Glasgow. (found here) 

The RIBA Journal asked me to locate Mackintosh’s importance as architect for today, to go with this exhibition which of course I had not yet seen at all,  My piece in the February 2015 issue of RIBA Journal is here.

Olly Wainwright in The Guardian says that the exhibition shows Mackintosh to have had over 1000 collaborators.  This bizarre comment he takes from Pamela Robertson, aiming  to oppose the ‘isolated genius’ picture which he claims (quoting a discussion of my book in 2000 found here) to be my position, though he doesn’t name me. Ah well. 

Fifteen years ago, my book was discussed by Mark Lawson on Front Row on BBC Radio 4.  On 17 February 2015 on Front Row the new exhibition was discussed by Amanda Levete – who, unlike me, has actually seen the show which opens tomorrow.   She makes it sound like an exhibition of exquisite drawings of the exteriors of buildings. She says “it misses out the essence of Mackintosh.” What a pity.

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Photograph at The Hill House by John McKean (c)

 

 

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Piero della Francesca

2017

September 2017. Second Piero della Francesca completed; “Piero’s Eyes” lecture coming up; and much else – thus my ‘Concerns’ page remains (for ever?) in restauro.(photographed mid September 2017 in Bologna)

 

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Peter Moro

2015

Fascinating to reread Peter Moro’s memoirs to get me in the mood for the day celebrating him on November 14, 2015.  And I revisit my discussions with him over the few years from 1989, and my writing about The Royal Festival Hall.  In October-November 2015, my mind begins to swirl around that great building once more.  For more on the Royal Festival Hall see here.

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Cognoscenti Travel

2017

Cognoscenti Travel Ltd winds up its business (it’s been hard work!) and its website is taken down.  Many of its posts might, slowly, reappear on this website.

2015

Cognoscenti ‘s presence on the web has filled almost all my available electronic time over 2014-5, just as researching, planning and learning about the content of its new tours has filled most daylight hours – most recently the comprehensive background document given to travellers to The Renaissance City in September 2015.  And 2016 will have even more tours than 2015, two of them excitingly brand new.

cognoscentitravel.co.uk enters its third year of independent flight!