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“Scots” Architecture – Crichton Wood

Scotland had its own native architecture with a critical period 1570 -1620 when architects explored complex spatial and aesthetic principles well ahead of their time. Architect Crichton Wood will show Robert Adam flirting with the style, David Bryce developing the style, both in bad and good ways, and Macintosh & Lorimer continuing and developing the Scots style. He will then show from his own work ways to continue and develop a Scots style, showing the potential but also the dangers.

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“Thinking the unthinkable” – the future of town and city centres – Professor Leigh Sparks

“The high street has suffered from 50 years of benign – and not so benign-neglect. We can continue to patch and mend or we can start thinking more radically. That is, if we feel there is any value at all in having high streets?” Professor Sparks is Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and his challenging presentation and discussion will confront key issues in the future of high streets

V&A Museum Dundee

The V&A Dundee – One Year On – Philip Long

Philip Long is well-known to Dundonians as the Director of the dramatic new V&A Dundee and has managed this key Dundee project from its very earliest days. It will have been open for a little over a year and Philip will give us an update on the progress of this important and challenging Dundee Waterfront landmark, telling of successes (and possibly lessons learned), with perhaps a glimpse into the future.