The Origins of Pleasure Drives and Scenic Routes Seminar

Held at Architecture & Design Scotland – 146 Canongate, Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014.

Who has ever pulled up in a lay-by in Scotland with a picnic table, an overfull litter bin and no toilet for miles? Isn’t it time our beautiful landscape and highland roads had beautiful tourist facilities to match? The Landscape Institute Scotland is delighted to present two inspirational talks by landscape architects Dan Marriott and Angus Corby that cover this topic.

Seminar 1 – A Brief Histroy to Driving for Pleasure, Dan Marriott

Dan Marriott, Principal at Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, Washington DC, discusses the evolution of pleasure routes by addressing 18th century design theories for mobility within the landscape (including those of landscape gardener Humphry Repton and civil engineer Thomas Telford) and shows how such historical understanding may be applied to the new Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative.

Seminar 2 – Reflections on Scenic Routes, Angus Corby

Angus Corby, Landscape Advisor, Transport Scotland, continues with an update on the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative, covering the development of the pilot projects, finishing with the potential influence the initiative may have on major road infrastructure projects, such as the A9 dualling, and general improvements of lay-bys and driver facilities across the Scottish trunk road network.

The Presentations were well received and generated further discussion as documented here

PDF Versions of the presentations are available to download below:

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