Building a Nation
The Story of Scotland's Architecture
Ranald MacInnes, Miles Glendinning, Aoghus MacKechnie; foreword by Kirsty Wark
9" x 11 1/2" • 160 pages • B&W & color photos throughout
ISBN 9780862418304 • hardback • $35.00 •
Scotland's astonishing architectural heritage is one of the defining images of the country. This book asks what exactly makes "Scottish" architecture, carrying the story from the royal palaces of the Stewart kings when Scottish architecture began to develop the confidence and range that made it distinctive, through to the present day, with its new flowering of creativity following on from years of post-war austerity and municipal planning. On the way it looks at the classical elegance of Edinburgh's New Town, the great Victorian sweep of Glasgow, and the mold-breaking work of Patrick Geddes and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
What comes across is the development of a nation and its incipient sense of identity. For the story of Scottish architecture is the story of attempts to shape, express, restrain or model a national character...
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