RSA Architecture Forum 2019 – Our Place On Earth

Douglas Gordon, The End of Civilisation, still 2, at Gagosian Gallery. Photo by Colin Davidson.

RSA Architecture Forum 2019 – Our Place On Earth

Our Place on Earth
This year’s RSA Forum will challenge the popular idea that ‘people make places’ by demonstrating that our ‘place on earth’ remains a powerful and omnipresent force that fundamentally affects our person, our national character, our culture and therefore our art and architecture.

The Sublime Tradition
Historically Scottish art and literature have wrestled with ideas of awe, intensity ruggedness, terror, and vastness emphasising our insignificance in the face of Nature, arousing emotions, and stimulating the imagination. Romantic Scottish art of the past has been more distinct from the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘picturesque’ aesthetic qualities more associated with the English tradition. The Scots evidence a more apocalyptic and laconic character flirting with both the grandeur and violence of natural phenomena; Scotland at the edge of the world.

The Modern
Fast forward and Scotland’s industrial culture and the imposition of the modern programme clearly disrupts our historic relationship with nature to create a very different sublime experience. Certainly the promise of post-war planning policy and the imposition of modernism architecture across Scotland a disaster, with dictate and economics brutalising our communities and leaving legacy environments derelict of meaning.

The ‘Now Challenge’
Places make people, by listening better to our communities, returning to our landscapes and celebrating our unique climates we can reinstate both meaning and art in our architecture.

Chair: Paul Stallan RSA  (Elect)

Panel: Jude Barber, Jonathan Charley and Patricia Fleming 

Jude Barber
Jude Barber is an architect living and working in Glasgow. She is a director at Collective Architecture – a 40-strong, employee owned studio across Glasgow and Edinburgh. Jude has undertaken several close collaborations with local organisations, activists, artists and writers in parallel with her studio practice at Collective Architecture.  She was co-director of the award-winning Empire Café with writer Louise Welsh during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  Jude also exhibited ‘The Better Days’ solo exhibition at the Briggait Gallery Spaces, Glasgow during the 2016 Archi-Fringe programme.
Jude previously worked with Reiach and Hall Architects and Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh, Dominique Perrault Architects in Paris and was a founding member of GLAS Co-operative (Glasgow Letters on Architecture and Space).  

Jonathan Charley
Jonathan Charley is an independent writer, editor and critic. He studied architecture in Portsmouth, London and Moscow, wrote his PhD on Soviet Architecture and worked in community architecture for seven years. He lives in Glasgow and for many years was the Director of Cultural Studies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. He has been a lecturer and tutor across the world from Moscow, to Berlin, London, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. In 2012 he was appointed as the Project Director for Scotland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice that received the Royal Scottish Academy Gold medal for Architecture. Alongside exhibitions and media projects, such as Foreign Bodies (2004), the award winning GLAS Project (2006), and Critical Dialogues (2013), he writes mainly about the political, social and cultural history of architecture and cities. Most recently the edited collection Routledge Companion for Architecture, Literature and The City (2018), Memories of Cities: Trips and Manifestos (2013), and the co-edited Writing the Modern City: Literature, Architecture and Modernity (2011). He is currently working on a new book The Monologues of City X, that explores the history of the capitalist city through four fictional narratives – capital, machine, nature and utopia.

Patricia Fleming
Patricia Fleming Projects is a contemporary art gallery based in Glasgow, working closely with emerging and established visual artists from the UK and beyond. Patricia Fleming has worked as an independent curator for over twenty-five years, establishing significant artist-led initiatives in Glasgow and further afield. The first studio opened in 1991, in the city’s East End. Provided free for artists and offering them a weekly stipend and monthly materials allowance, this space became an important resource for Glasgow’s growing contemporary art scene, supporting a wide range of artists including; Martin Boyce, Roddy Buchanan, Anne-Marie Copestake, Jacqueline Donachie, Michael Fullarton, Douglas Gordon, Kevin Hutcheson, Jim Lambie, Jonathan Monk, Mary Redmond, Eva Rothschild, Ross Sinclair, Stephanie Smith, Simon Starling and Richard Wright.

Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH
Tickets £12 | RSA Friends & Patrons £10
Doors open 6.45pm | Event 7pm   Post-talk refreshments available

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Image: Douglas Gordon, The End of Civilisation, still 2 at Gagosian Gallery. Photo by Colin Davidson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery and the artist.