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Beyond Venice

Murray, Gordon (2011) Beyond Venice. In: To Have and to Hold: Future of a Contested Landscape. Luath Press Limited, Edinburgh, pp. 34-38. ISBN 9781908373106

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At the Venice Biennale, NVA art agency along with great minds from many different disciplines gathered together to discuss the fate of Scotland's iconic modernist building, St Peter's Seminary. This paper focuses not merely on preserving the building, but imagining it as a landscape within which new narratives can be woven.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 37650
Notes: Almost thirty years have passed since St Peter's Seminary, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia and located on the Kilmahew estate between the villages of Renton and Cardross in West Scotland, lost its function an was left to the element. The juxtaposition of an infamous twentieth-century-ruin, notes as Scotland's greatest modernist building, sited within a romantic Victorian designed landscape has resulted in a tension which is both exciting and thought-provoking. For the past two and a half years Glasgow-based public art charity NVA have been working with a number of partners to develop a radical plan for the Kilmahew woodland, including the former seminary, In 2010 a group of academics, artists, writers, architects and landscape architects gathered in Venice, during the Architecture Biennale, to discuss the historical background and the future potential for the site as a whole. The book brings together a discursive set of texts and raises questions about how we deal with history and heritage, conservation and preservation, ownership and decision making around contested sites in the twenty-first century.
Keywords: modernist building , St Peter's Seminary , building preservation, Architecture
Subjects: Fine Arts > Architecture
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Architecture
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 13:21
Last modified: 21 May 2015 19:37
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