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House in the City. Architectural plaque in a blue blox
Object Type: Heritage
Artist/Maker: Aberdeen Council
Dimensions: overall: 19.2 cm x 23.3 cm x 3.5 cm
Item ABDRG2010.120 is an engraved commemorative brass plaque in a hinged box (possible wooden) that is finished in a navy mock croc vinyl. The plaque was produced as a result of the LOOK festival from the 15th-24th June 2005, described as “A ten day celebration of the arts in Aberdeen. See your city in a different light. Discover the power of imagination.” in the accompanying brochure at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/files/LOOK_FINAL.pdf.
The festival was sponsored by Aberdeen City Council and RGU and took place in various locations around the city of Aberdeen. This item is a plaque to detail a piece of work entitled House Building. This was a series of miniature houses created by Professor Jonathan Woolf. These were an installation at The Green, St. Nicholas, Castlegate in Aberdeen.
Engraving on the plaque reads:
HOUSE IN THE CITY
The project invites reflection on the nature of the city and how we choose to make it. The installation of miniature houses refers back to a known building type, the bothy, a traditional Scottish vernacular small dwelling. It is dignified, humble and strong, representing our nostalgic longing to live independently, surrounded by nature.
The layout however mimics the march of suburban development that has blurred the relationship between city and countryside while at the same time creating a whole new set of spatial and cultural conditions.
The project refers back to the roots of the site pre 1666 (the great fire of London) when the urbanscape was composed of timber buildings. The project will engage with local school children who will work with the Robert Gordon’s University’s students to explore ways these building forms can be developed and configured in their location.
The installation requires participants to consider ‘change’, living and dwelling in cities in the past, present and future.
The intervention has a unique link with the site sponsor Mitsubishi . Aberdeen was home to the renowned Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Black Glover, who pioneered the Japanese industrial revolution whose promotion of modern coal-mining, ship-building and other technologies later grew into the industrial giant Mitsubishi group.
In considering his extraordinary achievements, the story also reminds us of the powerful and positive forces of change that can help shape the fortunes of cities and their inhabitants.
Object Number: ABDRG2010.120
Plaque given to the Scot Sutherland School of Architecture and built environment as a result of their involvement with the art festival 'LOOK 'in 2005