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.

Topics
architecture, art, landscape, sculpture
Author
Gerrie Van Noord ed. For NVA
Format
Paperback
Language
English
ISBN
9781908373106 (find on Amazon)

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