37years / Talking Building
The Pop-Up Exhibition that celebrates 37 years of Design Awards for architecture presented by GIA to 100 buildings either located in Glasgow itself or designed by Glaswegian architects. The pop-up street exhibition is taking place in North Brunswick Street during the Merchant City Festival and it is part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The main concept of the exhibition is to showcase the award-winning buildings against a timeline (1979-2015) and to highlight the importance of 3D visualisation in architecture by employing a humble hoarding system used in construction sites that will emphasize the ‘reverse perspective’ optical illusion as used by artists like Patrick Hughes.
Brightly coloured Talking Building speech bubbles will be placed on the front windows, on the walls and pavements. Buildings – at last – will be able to talk; to ask people what they think of them, hoping to provoke a response. In order to find the buildings, the Talking Building Map will be available during the Festival – both as hard copy and to download – showing the locations of the selected 100 buildings across Scotland: a modern architecture treasure map. Can you find them all?
Please tweet your photos with the Talking Building speech bubbles to #GIATalkingBuilding #gia_tweet #foa2016
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Thank you to all of the architects showcased for all their incredible work throughout the years: they have left an indelible mark on the past by improving our experience of place and they continue to look ahead to design our future.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case it couldn’t be more true: architecture is impossible to describe in only words and the amazing photographs featured are a key component in bringing to light these award-winning buildings. Ross Campbell Photographer; Andrew Lee Photographer; Keith Hunter Photography; Paul Zanre Photography; Grzegorz Piechowicz Photography; Tom Manley Photography; Gillian Hayes / Dapple Photography; Iwan Baan; McAteer Photograph; View Pictures Ltd.; David Grandorge; Neale Smith Photography; Tom Langlands Photography; c-ro Colin Robertson; Phillimore Photography; GIA Photographic Archive; Karen Kalkreuter; Isabel Garriga.
Exhibition Design: Margherita Gallieni; Map Design: Clara Garriga + Isabel Garriga; Exhibition coordination: Karen Kalkreuter + Isabel Garriga