Creative Minds

The Personal Sketchbooks Of Professors Andy Macmillan and Charles MacCallum

Edited by Johnny Rodger

Format: Hardback

A beautiful art book of sketches by two of the 20th century's leading architects.

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Taken from over 300 sketchbooks, the 198 drawings included in this book offer unique insight into the workings of two great architects' minds.

Professors Andy MacMillan and Charlie MacCallum were colleagues at the iconic post-war Scottish architectural practice, Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, and at consecutive times, Heads and Professors at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, one of the worldís great architecture schools.

Theirs was a generation trained in traditional, analogue drawing. Hard line draughtsmanship was an essential medium to translate architectural designs into constructed reality.

Never intended for scrutiny, the work here is refreshingly unguarded, full of life, spontaneity and humour. But taken as a collection, these sketches also allow us to see the world as they saw it, with an architectís eye, concerned with space, form, light and detail.

Recording our surroundings with pen and ink is a deeply instinctive human activity. These drawings, from the hand of two eminent practitioners, are fascinating moments captured in time, simultaneously revealing and intriguing, significant for anyone with an interest in architectural process. But their simplicity and honesty makes their appeal universal, a visual feast for those who take pleasure from life observed.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 26 Apr 2017
ISBN 9781911332527
Number of Pages 192

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‘full of the joie de vivre of lively, witty encounters with the everyday world about us. They can be seen as snapshots, executed with virtuosity, speed and affection primarily for their own pleasure... [but] the message they send out in this era of the virtual and the digital is even more palpable. "Look around you!”'

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