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Benson+Forsyth Architects: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 8 May–23 June, 2010

Benson+Forsyth Architects: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 8 May–23 June, 2010 Benson+Forsyth Architects: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 8 May–23 June, 2010 So, how will history view Benson+Forsyth Architects’ considerable oeuvre? Such speculation may seem premature at this stage because, given the strength of the work displayed at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Annual Exhibition, we can expect the practice to consolidate its already impressive output over the coming years. Recent successes include proposals for two iconic 21-storey residential towers in Islington following an invited competition were they beat Panter Hudspith, Flaq, Studio Egret West and John McAslan. No doubt, the announcement of having secured planning permission will come as a welcome (financial) fillip for the practice. Anyway, when the weighty monographs and discursive eulogies eventually appear, most will probably laud Benson+Forsyth as indefatigable torchbearers for the ideals of Heroic Modernism. Equally, some critics may deride the practice as unrepentant acolytes of (late) Le Corbusier, slavishly reworking the same constituent project again and again. The truth, of course, is much more complex and deserving of a more considered response than possible in this brief review. London-based, but Glasgow-born, Gordon Benson commands enormous respect within the profession, especially after completion of the magisterial Museum of Scotland which condenses a ‘. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Benson+Forsyth Architects: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 8 May–23 June, 2010

Architectural Heritage , Volume 21 (1): 118 – Nov 1, 2010

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Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
Subject
Reviews; Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2011.0011
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Abstract

Benson+Forsyth Architects: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 8 May–23 June, 2010 So, how will history view Benson+Forsyth Architects’ considerable oeuvre? Such speculation may seem premature at this stage because, given the strength of the work displayed at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Annual Exhibition, we can expect the practice to consolidate its already impressive output over the coming years. Recent successes include proposals for two iconic 21-storey residential towers in Islington following an invited competition were they beat Panter Hudspith, Flaq, Studio Egret West and John McAslan. No doubt, the announcement of having secured planning permission will come as a welcome (financial) fillip for the practice. Anyway, when the weighty monographs and discursive eulogies eventually appear, most will probably laud Benson+Forsyth as indefatigable torchbearers for the ideals of Heroic Modernism. Equally, some critics may deride the practice as unrepentant acolytes of (late) Le Corbusier, slavishly reworking the same constituent project again and again. The truth, of course, is much more complex and deserving of a more considered response than possible in this brief review. London-based, but Glasgow-born, Gordon Benson commands enormous respect within the profession, especially after completion of the magisterial Museum of Scotland which condenses a ‘.

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2010

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