Glasgow manifesto for year of design

Glasgow 1999, the organiser of Glasgow’s year as UK City of Architecture and Design, has published its manifesto outlining the aims of and approach to the celebrations and projects.

The manifesto, which has a 30 000 print run is designed by Tank.

Among the projects in the manifesto are The Lighthouse, the 11.1m architecture and design centre based in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed former Glasgow Herald building. Decisions on applications for Lottery and European grants are expected this summer.

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the interior and an extension, both by Glasgow architect Page & Park. Included will be two gallery spaces, a conference room, a roof-top viewing platform and a 100-seat restaurant.

Javier Mariscal and Glasgow-based designer Sam Booth are working on graphics and interiors for The Lighthouse (DW 14 March). Work will start on site this year.

Another strand in the manifesto is The Glasgow Collection, in which the Glasgow Development Agency will help fund – to the tune of 230 000 in the first year alone – the design and development of 45 products. The intention is to bring at least half to market. More than a quarter of the commissions will go to graduates from Glasgow design courses in a bid to establish designers in the city rather than lose locally trained talent.

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