Architecture Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival

The Architecture Fringe is already underway and the Edinburgh Festival is coming up. There are a huge number of events across these two festivals that the LIS thinks would be of interest to those in the landscape profession from exhibitions to talks to film screenings. Take a look through our list of upcoming festival events that focus on landscape, urban design and place making.

57 Degrees North – Bothy Culture – An evening of short talks, music, stories and song celebrating Bothy Culture past and present

57 Degrees North – Huts in Place – Discover more about the future of huts, hutting and community woodland in Scotland with Northscape and the Abriachan Forest Trust (AFT)

57 Degrees North – The Forest Village – A family day – come and help us create a village of play dens in the magical Abriachan Forest

70 Years of Scotland’s New Towns – Seventy years ago the New Towns Act was established, aiming to build new urban spaces with emerging industry, sanitary housing and plenty of green space. Cumbernauld is one such New Town, and for this event author and STV’s People’s Historian Daniel Gray, who played a key role in our ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld Festival in May, talks to some of the original residents about their experiences of living in this ‘utopia’.

All Signs Point To… – An exhibition presenting work which combine recognisable urban objects with engraved motifs taken from the local urban environment

Arkiv – Connecting Glasgow – An online visual, part cartographic essay, which focuses on transport connections and use of urban space within the city of Glasgow and what improvements can/should be made to improve social cohesion.

Art of Midlothian – An hour of pure Edinburgh indulgence in the form of a personal journey exploring the city. For A Sketchbook of Edinburgh, Iain Fraser and Anne Fraser Sim, owners of the Elephant House café, have commissioned 150 works from four local artists to illustrate their favourite journeys through the city, and they provide an accompanying cultural, historical and architectural commentary.

Brother’s Garden Path – An afternoon of engagement with the community of Possilpark

Curated Conversations – Biomorphis and Leith Creative – Curated Conversations is a series of public co-design events hosted by Lateral North, HERE + NOW and Biomorphis as part of Leith Creative’s People and Places Make Leith Better programme

Custom Lane Reimagined – Custom Lane Re-Imagined seeks to Re-purpose an underutilised lane space to create a vibrant, outdoor social-space for a variety of local community user groups

Erratic Excursions – A series of experimental sculptural interventions which stimulate discussion about ‘placemaking’ and our relationship with nature

Ligne 125 – A topographical study of the post industrial landscape of the Wallonia region of Belgium

Lost Spaces – Graduating students from ESALA exhibit projects exploring the re-use of the old Edinburgh Tramway Depot site in Leith

Mindfullness – Place & Awareness – A workshop on our emotional, moral and sensory connection to space and the built environment

New Typologies – A provocative research and design project to imagine how our shared civic infrastructure will exist in the future, if at all.

Open Close – The Open Close Project was conceived as a way of demonstrating how our smaller urban spaces can become containers for more joy, wellbeing, stimulation and play and the role that temporary art and architecture can play in this transformation

Plan: Build a New Town – Scottish theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane’s Plan is an interactive performance involving a game in which you and your fellow ‘jurors’ build your own imaginary New Town. A show about utopias and refugees, Plan offers a thought-provoking spin on how countries are reshaped following conflict, and has formed a central part of the Book Festival’s ReimagiNation tour of Scotland’s New Towns.

Pollockshields Playhouse: A Retrospective – An exhibition of photographs, video and words documenting the journey of Pollokshields Playhouse; a grassroots project which sought to connect people with under-used public space

Redhall Walled Garden/Therapeutic Gardening, Design & Wellbeing – An opportunity to discover the ethos and delights of the community garden and to contribute to the ongoing process of transformation

Reimagining Future Cities – Though written in 1933, the Charter of Athens still defines how and why cities are built. The Quito Papers is an ambitious global project, led by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen, which is rethinking the vision of how towns and cities are built in the 21st century. Having been to Beijing, London, New York, and Cumbernauld on our ReimagiNation tour, they present their vision to Edinburgh.

Resurrection of St Peter’s – In St Peter’s, Cardross, architectural historian Diane M Watters and Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of the Glasgow-based arts organisation NVA, tell the fascinating story of the short-lived (1966-79) Catholic seminary that has been called both the best and the worst Scottish building of the 20th century. Derelict for years, it will soon be brought into renewed use as a cultural space. Chaired by Susan Mansfield.

The Right to Great Design – An open conversation in the round to explore how the design of the spaces and places where we live, work and play affects us and how we can take action to realise better places for everyone

Spacial Synesthesia – Spatial revelation through sound, performance and installation

Test Unit – An exhibition showcasing this years Test Unit project

Tinker Town #TT2 – TinkerTown #TT2 is a place-making event through den building for children and families; allowing them to play learn and discover while developing their creativity and shaping out their own space in the city

Turncoats – Greener Grass? – Is Scotland the worst place in Europe to be a young designer?

War Zone Creatives – ‘War Zone Creatives’ investigates how our work, and life, is affected, changed and questioned when one the essential parts of our society, infrastructure, has been partially or fully destroyed

War Zone Creatives Film Night – As part of their ‘War Zone Creatives’ exhibition UrbanPioneers in collaboration with Omar Mohammad present the works of Australian artist and filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize winner, George Gittoes, who examines the effects of injustice and global conflict

Don’t forget to refer to the LIS Events Calendar for information on times and locations of these events and more.

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