Questions about whether the Glasgow School of Art should maintain control of the Mac will be raised at a Scottish parliamentary committee, as criticism mounts over the college’s stewardship of the building
Four experts have been invited to Holyrood to give evidence next week (20 September) on the fire that almost completely destroyed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landmark building in June.MSP Joan McAlpine, convenor of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, said the session would explore ‘how we got to this point, whether lessons were learned from the past’ and how to move forward. One of the witnesses, Mackintosh expert Roger Billcliffe, told Glasgow’s Evening Times that while he is still considering what he will recommend to MSPs, he believes that using the Mackintosh building as a teaching facility is ‘not reconcilable’.‘The building is a work of art and a museum; it should be treated like one,’ he said. ‘The future of the building should be under consideration and questions over whether it should remain as a school should be asked.’ [ . . . ]
Computers should take charge of the rebuilding of Glasgow School of Art rather than pedantic architects, according to the biographer of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Roger Billcliffe, an art historian, said that the fire which destroyed the art school in June “won’t be the end of the world”, even if the charred hulk of the building had to be demolished.The blaze was the second at the site in four years. It led to a computer survey of the building, which in turn could help restore it to its original glory, Mr Billcliffe told the Edinburgh International Book Festival.“The computer will make the drawings to make the building again,” he said. “It may be a good thing that the computer is doing it — it won’t [ . . . ]