Building Knowledge

An Architectural History of the University of Edinburgh

By Nick Haynes, Clive B Fenton

Format: Hardback

Combining beautiful new photography with rare archive material, Building Knowledge explores the evolution of Edinburgh University through its celebrated architecture.

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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is a lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment. They take on the responsibilities of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments, which has been managing and recording the historic environment for more than a century. Their books deliver wonderfully illustrated and immaculately researched titles to anyone with an interest in Scotland's history and heritage.

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Edinburgh is a city renowned for critical thinking, cutting edge breakthroughs and unique creativity. At the heart of these enlightened ideals lies the University of Edinburgh, which has influenced life in the capital since it was founded in the late sixteenth century.

Building Knowledge: An Architectural History of the University of Edinburgh reveals how the structural fabric of the University has often reflected the changing priorities of Edinburgh scholars. Buildings which emerged from the initial mishmash of the Old Town were to become iconic Scottish landmarks - from the classical magnificence of Robert Adams' purpose-built Old College, to more controversial Modernist developments, like Basil Spence's monumental central library.

Combining beautiful new photography with rare archive material, Building Knowledge explores the evolution of the University through its celebrated architecture. Many leading figures have graced the University's halls, laboratories and lecture theatres, from David Hume and Emeritus Professor Higgs, to Robert Louis Stevenson and Dolly the Sheep. Its buildings will continue to inspire the education of students for generations to come.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Historic Environment Scotland
Publication Date 19 Jun 2017
ISBN 9781849172462
Number of Pages 256

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