All around the world, architecture shapes the character of a place and endures in our memories. Architectural landmarks are some of the only Earthly things that truly endure against time, and can move us, inspire us, awe us and comfort us. As master architect Louis I. Khan once said: “A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured forever.”
Architecture is as important to our daily life as clothing or food, because it too provides one of the most basic human necessities – shelter, a place to rest your head at night. In this way, as someone who is in the process of purchasing a new build and has been able to watch the process of a modern, eco-friendly home coming together from the foundations up, I’ve come to recognise and appreciate both the science and beauty of architecture on a deeper level for the first time in my life. Now, when I walk through busy George Square or hurry down Princes Street, I take a moment to look up at the bricks and mortar majesty of the City Chambers or Edinburgh Castle that tower over us, privy to the passage of centuries and the defining moments of Scottish history, and also the changing of architectural styles and progression.
This Saturday 29th October from 2-4pm, we here at the Women’s Library are so excited to welcome some of the most renowned female architects of the Scottish urban area, women who have been invaluable to the regeneration of Scotland’s cities, their architecture and their changing urban environments in recent decades. So if you’ve always been an architecture buff, fancy learning about something new, are generally interested in art, or, like me, have recently come to appreciate the power of the building, be sure to book up a spot to meet those taking part, hear more about their experiences and join the conversation.
Voices of Experience – Discussions on Architecture is a session that is open to women and men, young and old alike and is free to attend. Please book online at https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/voices-of-experience-discussions-on-architecture/ or call us on 0141 550 2267.