Mackintosh’s architectural legacy is acknowledged as central to Glasgow’s transformation from post-industrial city to cultural destination. Much less acknowledged is the social and cultural milieu of Glasgow that produced the twenty-eight year old architect who would design one of the seminal art school buildings of the 20th Century. So if it can be argued that Mackintosh made Glasgow then one can counter that Glasgow made Mackintosh.
This presentation explores Glasgow’s urban development from the earliest built responses to the glacial formed landscape of the Clyde Valley to the high point of the city at the turn of the 20th Century, which coincides with the realization of Mackintosh’s masterwork for Glasgow School of Art in 1909. Besides exploring the development of Glasgow and the influence of the city on Mackintosh the presentation includes an in depth study of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, a building inhabited and largely unaltered in over a century.