But he said the artist, designer and architect was ignored during his own lifetime and forgotten about for many years after his death in 1928.
Speaking in BBC Scotland documentary Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius, to be broadcast on June 5, Goudie says Mackintosh now “belongs to Glasgow”, but while his buildings are hailed as masterpieces, the icon would be unimpressed by other structures in the city of his birth, particularly around its famous riverside.
He said: “Mackintosh was all about designing buildings that learned something from their environment – from the history and the context of the place in which they were built.
“And here we are at the very heart of Glasgow, by the Clyde – the river that gave Glasgow its identity, its pulse, its history and its future – and it’s a desolate wasteland of the most incompetent architectural carbuncles.
“These are homes for people and they just look like bits of space junk that have been deposited here. This is the Glasgow style of today and I think Charles Rennie Mackintosh would have been deeply disappointed.”
He added: “Great buildings have character – they have soul – and there have been few people in history who could breathe life into a pile of bricks and timber the way ‘Toshie’ could.”
As Scotland celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, the one-hour film looks at the great architect’s legacy and also reflects on how he was never fully appreciated in his homeland during his lifetime.
Goudie said Mackintosh is now “part of the furniture” in Glasgow, but was once rejected by the city.
He said the group of artists known as “The Four” – led by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald – was sneered at and lambasted as “the Spook School”, and objects in their unique decorative style, inspired by nature, Celtic art, mythology and medieval fairytales, were branded “ghoulish” and “hideous” by critics of the day.
In contrast, the emerging Glasgow-style was lauded in cities such as Vienna, where thousands turned out to give Mackintosh and Margaret a hero’s welcome in 1900.
More than 24,000 visitors marvelled at their work in the great Viennese Secession Exhibition, which marked the beginning of the Modernism movement in Europe. Goudie said: “As an architect, Charles was dismissed by many as eccentric. In his lifetime, Europe understood Mackintosh in a way his own country never did.
“Few tears had been shed when, in the 1960s, his work was left to fester in derelict, leaking buildings.
“Buildings that are today hailed as masterpieces were once threatened by Glasgow’s urban motorways. In the 150 years since his birth, Glasgow’s relationship with her famous son has always been strained.”
He added: “The city that rejected him now plasters his image on everything from tea towels to fridge magnets.
“I expect Charles would crack a wry smile if he could see how he’s celebrated today in the city of his birth.”
Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius is on BBC2 Scotland on Tuesday, June 5 at 9pm
Source : EXPRESS