The Book Factory
An Exhibition of New Ideas for Penicuik by the Nackintosh School of Architecture

PRESENTED BY 3RD YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

Opens Friday 15 June 2012 (1 till 4) then all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday (10 till 4)

Arranged by Penicuik Community Development Trust  with space kindly lent through Alan McDougall Solicitors, Penicuik.

 

 

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JOHN STREET

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MUNGO’S WELL

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LAMB’S PEND

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BANK STREET QUARTER

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SEEING MORE:

TOWERS & VIEWS

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THE HIGH STREET

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LITERARY SYMBOLS

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FLEXIBLE SPACE

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HIGH STREET PEND

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HIGH STREET PEND:

GATEWAY ON A JOURNEY

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PATHWAYS & TEXTURES

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NEW SPACE ON THE BLOCK

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THE BOOK FACTORY: All the images above reflect the students’ four-day display  in Penicuik High Street in mid-June 2012

Later on this page are some images from the much larger display of the full 70-strong Third Year Mackintosh School of Architecture students’ work in Glasgow.. The work in both selections was based on time spent exploring the streets of Penicuik in autumn 2011.  Drawing on the town’s rich history and the location between Edinburgh and Little Sparta, the students inspired new connections between poetry, prose, performance and place, through Penicuik’s links with papermaking, printing and publishing.

 

When the Mac came to Penicuik

 

image004In Michael Hoffman’s film Restless Natives, the heroes are looking for somewhere to hide.  “Why don’t we go to Penicuik?”, one says to the other, “No-one will find us there!”

Last year, someone in Glasgow had the happy idea of hiding a third year architectural project in Penicuik.  image006And we in this place were the ones to feel the better for it.  Penicuik is a sleepy dormitory town where nothing much seems to happen. Of course I could tell you that it was once home to Joe Bell, Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes, and James Arnot Hamilton the designer of image008Concorde, and Albert Watson, Vogue photographer of countless faces, including the currently iconic picture of Steve Jobs. 

But you can forget all those old facts about Penicuik, what makes the difference nowadays is when people take the trouble to be truly in the place, to appreciate, to look and listen and take notes. Just seeing the tens of students in our streets, talking and walking, sitting on steps quietly sketching, and then to see and hear some of the ideas they have been putting together, is an inspiration.  Our history stretches from our close links with Finland and Japan, to poets and novelists and statesmen.  Gladstone was our local MP image012and Prime Minister. 

Visitors pass through between Edinburgh and the south. To Little Sparta, and the image014Great Polish Map at Eddleston.  What do they see?  Our Bank Mill Project, now on hold, aims to restore a papermill. Our Lost image016Garden of Penicuik is now bringing an amazingly vast Victorian walled garden to production, our new Press project in the town centre will this year demonstrate Penicuik’s role in the enlightenment of words and images through image018the Scottish printing trade.

image020Thank you, Mac students, for giving our little place the true and earnest value of your attention. You have helped to create a currency which can only appreciate.

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Penicuik Community Development Trust   

 

 

Some images from a much larger display of the full 70-strong Third Year Mackintosh Architecture students’ work at Glasgow School of Art.

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-click above to see the full size copyright image on flickr

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Lambs Pend Penicuik

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Lambs Pend Penicuik

Lambs Pend

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John Street Penicuik

Castle Buildings, Penicuik High Street

 

 

PENYCOE PRESS AND OLD POST OFFICE

(CURRENT PENICUIK TRUST PROJECT)

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

(CURRENT PENICUIK TRUST PROJECT)

 

THE PENICUIK STOREHOUSE

(CURRENT PENICUIK ALLIANCE PROJECT)

 

PENICUIK EXHIBITIONS

 

PENICUIK GREATS

 

ARCHITECTURE

 

PAPERMAKING

 

2011 BANK MILL PROJECT STALLED

 

PENICUIK UPCOMING

 

PENICUIK CINEMA

 

ILLUSTRATION

 

BACKGROUND TO THE CREATION OF THE GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

 

JACKSON STREET SCHOOL: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY