Gone but not forgotten
The Rubble Club is a support group for bereaved architects. From the website:
The Rubble Club is an organisation to remember buildings demolished in their architect’s lifetime. The Club has three key ground rules:
- Firstly the building’s architect must be alive and not party to its destruction
- secondly the building must be built with the intention of permanence (exhibitions, shops and interiors are not eligible)
- thirdly it must be deliberately destroyed or radically altered, it can’t simply burn down.
It was suggested by Isi Metzstein of Gillespie Kidd and Coia who has seen a few of his buildings disappear, including the partially demolished Notre Dame College of Education in Bearden. There's already a lively debate on most articles, from supporters who feel that more could be done to save the building in question, and detractors who point out the fatal flaw in the architect's plan. For Notre Dame it's the flat roofs, based on Moroccan architecture, transplanted to the soggy west of Scotland.