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SAH Glasgow Seminar: "Making and Re-Making Glasgow: Heritage and Sustainability"

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Jun 10th at 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM


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$20 general public - PURCHASE TICKETS
$10 conference attendees (may be purchased at time of registration)
Please note that transportation will NOT be provided from the conference site to Queen's Cross Church ( 870 Garscube Rd, Glasgow).

Seminar Program

The SAH Glasgow Seminar will foster a conversation about the ways in which advocacy for heritage and sustainability can work in concert with one another. The Seminar will reflect on each of these key terms broadly, exploring heritage as a public engagement with architectural, cultural, and civic history, and considering sustainability in its economic, community, and environmental perspectives. Speakers, conference delegates, and local attendees will discuss the following key questions: How best can Glasgow (and by extension other post-industrial cities) balance heritage and sustainability for the future? How might these two drivers of the urban form—rather than being perceived as opposing forces—interrelate in support of the community, the environment, and good design?

The seminar will have three segments. At the start, we will invite pairs of speakers to give brief talks focusing on three case studies in Glasgow, that each have a rich (if not always uncontentious) local history as well as being at the heart of discussions about the city's future. These case studies will discuss Glasgow as a city of innovative housing; a city of parks, gardens, and other open spaces; and a riverside city, taking its livelihood and identity from its use and imagining of the River Clyde. The middle segment will be a screening of the short film (Re)Imagining Glasgow, by local artist Chris Leslie, who is known for his consideration of the dynamic role of the built environment, and especially its loss, in the life of the city. This film was originally commissioned for Scotland's 2016 Festival of Architecture, organized by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. The final section of the Seminar will be a panel discussion that will build on these specific examples to address the broad themes of the Seminar through such questions as how preservation and conservation interests can be aligned with development pressures; how local identity can be cultivated around the city's built heritage and how this might enhance future civic planning; and how Glasgow might benefit from a culture economy that looks to both the past and the future for inspiration.

The Seminar agenda will be shaped in part by a crowd-sourced image bank; in the weeks and days leading up to the Seminar, both local residents and visiting delegates will be invited to submit via social media photographs of the city that they feel capture in visual forms the key themes of heritage, sustainability, or ideally the conjunction between these two. These collected photographs effectively will pose a set of questions for the speakers to address and will also be shown on screens during the event; they will also form a visual resource and conference souvenir. Please post photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #sah2017seminar and #heritagesustainability.


8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Welcome, Introduction, Key Questions
9:10–9:35 a.m. – Case Study I: A City of Homes
9:35–10:00 a.m. – Case Study II: The Dear Green Place
10–10:25 a.m. – Case Study III: Glasgow Made the Clyde, and the Clyde Made Glasgow
10:25–10:45 a.m. – Film Screening, (Re) Imagining Glasgow, Chris Leslie
10:45–11:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Legacies for the Future: A Conversation
12:30 p.m. – Close


The SAH Glasgow Seminar is generously sponsored by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Historic Environment Scotland.