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Cecil Balmond selected to work with Charles Jencks on an innovative contemporary landmark for Scotland

About Creative Director, Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks is one of the foremost international artists working in his medium.  His Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, is one of the most original and highly praised contemporary gardens as is his recently completed life Mounds at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh.  He engages with a wide range of contemporary themes from science and cosmology to war, regeneration and man’s relationship to nature.

Charles Jencks divides his time between lecturing, writing, and designing in the USA, the UK, and Europe. He is the author of the best-selling The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (re-issued as The New Paradigm in Architecture, 2002). He has also written numerous other books on contemporary arts and building, including What is Post-Modernism? (fourth edition, 1995) and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (second edition, 1997). His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Frances Lincoln, 2003) and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda. Landform projects have also been completed in Europe, and his current concern is working with Cern on an iconographic and green project. He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, (Frances Lincoln, 2005), Critical Modernism, (Wiley 2007), and The Architecture of Hope with Edwin Heathcote, on Maggie Centres (Published by Frances Lincoln 2010). The Story of Post-Modernism, Five Decades of Ironic, Iconic and Critical Architecture (Wiley, 2011) brings this resurgent tradition up to date while his recent landscape work is summarised in The Universe in the Landscape (Frances Lincoln, 2011).

www.charlesjencks.com

About Artist Cecil Balmond

Balmond creates new horizons in art and design. His dynamic approach is informed by the art of geometry and the science of non-linear organization and emergent form.

Balmond’s art has been presented in a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions including ‘Frontiers of Architecture 1’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2007); ‘H_edge’ at Artists Space in New York (2006); ‘Solid Void’ at Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago (2008-2009); ‘Forum 64’ at Carnegie Museum of Art (2009-2010) and ‘Element’ at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in Tokyo (2010.)

He has published several books, of which ‘informal’ won the prestigious RIBA Banister Fletcher Prize in 2005.  Balmond is Professor of Architecture at Penn Design, and founder of the NSO (Non-Linear Systems Organisation), a groundbreaking material and structural research unit at Penn.

He has published several books, of which ‘informal’ won the prestigious RIBA Banister Fletcher Prize in 2005.  Balmond is Professor of Architecture at Penn Design, and founder of the NSO (Non-Linear Systems Organisation), a groundbreaking material and structural research unit at Penn.

Balmond runs his studio in London, a research-based practice involved with art, architecture and design.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers.

The creative team is supported by the projects technical team to help make the the design grounded and practically deliverable for the site. The Technical team is a consortium of regional businesses who are committed to the project and what it can do for Dumfries and Galloway. The technical team consists of, Smiths Gore, Asher Associates and McGowan Miller.The project is managed by Wide Open for the Gretna Landmark Trust.

www.balmondstudio.com


 


 


 

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