The New Tenement: Tradition and modernity


A one-day conference at the Mackintosh School of Architecture on Friday 10 May 2013 Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ

Organised by Miles Glendinning (University of Edinburgh) and Florian Urban (Mackintosh School of Architecture), in partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture and DOCOMOMO-International, and with support from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (University of Edinburgh), the conference will examine the re-emergence of the tenement as an urban building form.

The tenement has been ‘reinvented’ all over Europe since the 1970s. The conference will focus on the renaissance of this widespread and, until recently, very controversial housing type, which for the purpose of this conference will be defined as dense flatted residences on a street block plan. Tenements are particularly prominent in Scottish cities and have been a symbolic battleground in the long-running confrontation of ‘history’ and ‘modernity’ in the built environment. There, and in many other European countries, nineteenth-century tenements inspired a variety of new buildings that adapted features such as perimeter block plans, variations of small-scale design, multifunctional spaces, and regional aesthetics to contemporary uses and preferences – in the process synthesising elements of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity.’

While the New Tenement is now widely accepted as a desirable dwelling-type, the new vision of the city and its inhabitants is subject of on-going debates. This includes questions of difference and local identity as well as ideas about individual responsibility and the role of the state. Against this background, the conference will contextualize the international ‘tenement renaissance’ since the 1970s and its continuation today.

Other contacts

Ruxandra Stoica (University of Edinburgh) & Ambrose Gillick (Mackintosh School of Architecture)


Architectural Conservation Masterclass with Dr. Wolfgang Förster ~ 9 May 2013


Masterclass on Thursday, 9 May by Dr. Wolfgang Förster, Head of the Department for Housing Research and International Relations, Vienna, Austria

The 36th session of our annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses features leading national and international figures at the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies within Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh.

This year’s contributors are internationally acknowledged experts in their areas from the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Romania and Turkey. Each of these evening sessions will address a subject of major national or international significance within architectural conservation or cultural landscape heritage.

The Masterclasses take place on Thursdays, beginning at 5.30pm. There will be time for questions and debate at the end of each session, followed by a wine and nibbles reception at 7.00pm.

The series is recognised for purposes of Continuing Professional Development.

Time: Thursdays, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
University of Edinburgh
74 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DF
See map here

(access via vehicular gate on Lady Lawson Street, or through pend from Lauriston Place and straight ahead to the main ECA entrance portico: the Main Lecture Theatre is at the top of the main staircase)

e-pay Full series      £180 (45 students)
e-pay Individual masterclasses      £20 (£5 students)
Students must present a valid ID card.

EVENTBRITE     UoE staff and students only (with valid ID card)

We gratefully acknowledge the grant assistance provided by Historic Scotland, SPAB in Scotland, and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Conference Programme

THE NEW TENEMENT: Tradition and Modernity

Friday 10 May 2013, 10.00 – 20.00 hrs
Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, Glasgow School of Art (Basement), 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ

Organised by the Mackintosh School of Architecture and DOCOMOMO-International, with support from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (University of Edinburgh)

Prof. Miles Glendinning (University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Florian Urban (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art)
Dr. Ruxandra Stoica (University of Edinburgh)
Dr. Ambrose Gillick (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art)

Attendance is free of charge, but seating is limited. Please book your space by sending an e-mail to Ambrose Gillick a[dot]gillick[at]gsa[dot]ac[dot]uk



09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome – Christopher Platt, Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and Florian Urban, Mackintosh School of Architecture

10.10 Keynote Speech: ‘Reinforced Tenements – The Law and Urban Form in Scotland since 1707’

Richard Rodger, University of Edinburgh
10.50 SESSION 1 – The international tenement renaissance – the historians’ view
Moderator: Florian Urban, Glasgow School of Art

Katharina Borsi, University of Nottingham
Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College Dublin
Richard Rodger, University of Edinburgh
12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30 SESSION 2 – New Tenements – Recollections of Pioneering Actors
Moderator: Miles Glendinning, University of Edinburgh

Raymond Young, founder of ASSIST architects, Glasgow
Wolfgang Förster, Department for Housing Research and International Relations, City of Vienna
Stuart Gulliver, University of Glasgow, former director of Scottish Development Agency
15.30 Coffee break

16.00 SESSION 3 – The New Tenement – Current Practitioners and Standpoints
Moderator: Neil Baxter, Secretary, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Christoph Kohl, KK architects, Berlin
Ken MacRae, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art
Karen Anderson, Anderson Bell Christie Architects, Glasgow, Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland
18.00 Concluding remarks – Miles Glendinning

18.15 RECEPTION – Mackintosh Room, Mackintosh Building, First Floor