Our Precipitous City – Doors Open Day Event

To celebrate DOORS OPEN DAY

 Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services &

Bridge Readings present:

 Our Precipitous City:

Edinburgh‘s Central Library


 A line-up comprising architect Malcolm Fraser, Edward Hollis author of The Secret Lives of Buildings and Ian Wright, the Library’s development manager will explore Central Library and its ‘elevation’ as an iconic building in the development of the social and cultural life of Edinburgh. This is certain to be a stonking discussion covering George Washington Browne’s original design for the Library and his confident Frenchy-freestyle; how the building sits within our precipitous city – ‘posh front door up in the air, backside in the Coogate’ – and some drawn responses to these challenges; and literature in the heart of our city. How a city’s meaning and integrity is clarified, and elevated, by the written and spoken word.

5pm Saturday 26 September 2009

Reference Library Reading Room

Central Library

7 George IV Bridge Edinburgh

FREE – just come along!

 Further information: 077894 319868 / helen@bridgereadings.net

 About the Panel:

Malcolm Fraser is the director of his own firm of architects in Edinburgh which is known for its modern, highly-crafted projects including Scottish Poetry Library, Dance Base and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. He has been a Stirling Prize finalist and twice voted Scottish Architect of the Year. Fraser has been Deputy Chair of Architecture+Design Scotland and Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. He writes on Architecture and culture in general and has lectured in Europe, the United States and China.

 Edwards Hollis was born in 1970 in London. He studied Architecture at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh before joining a practice, working first on ruins and follies in Sri Lanka and then on villas, breweries and town halls in Scotland. He now teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and The Secret Lives of Buildings is his first book (Granta, 2009).

Ian Wright is Edinburgh born and bred and has worked in the city’s libraries for over 30 years. As well as penning one of the first books on the subject, The Organic Wine Guide, he has been a broadcaster and reviewer and has chaired numerous events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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