Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange & design charette 2019

In conjunction with the Landscape Institute Scotland’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’

A design for Little France Park, Craigmiller, Edinburgh

The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the outcomes of the Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange that forms part of the celebration of the life and works of Ian McHarg, 50 years on from his seminal work Design with Nature that has and continues to inspire the profession of landscape architecture today.

At a one-day design charrette on Saturday 19th October a number of graduate and professional landscape architects worked with a group of enthusiastic young people interested in design, ecology and sciences on a design proposal for the Central Scotland Greenspace Trust (CSGNT) at Little France Park, Edinburgh.

The day included an introduction of the world of landscape architecture, a presentation by the acting CEO of CSGNT on their aspirations for Little France Park and a visit to the site at Craigmiller, Edinburgh. The two groups followed the design task set out below.

Design Task

How can we use the McHarg principles to turn our observations into a design which fits Central Scotland Greenspace Trust ( CSGNT) needs? CSGNT are happy for you to design the park how you see fit, but have made clear their main objective is creating a healthy and ecologically bio-diverse place which is accessible, usable and attractive to the local community and the adjacent hospital. They have three main challenges they would like to see addressed:

  • 1. Creating a stronger relationship between the adjacent housing and the park; increasing use and activity and making the park part of the community.
  • 2. Improving the relationship with the hospital and the health benefits that the park can provide
  • 3. Improving the existing access points – both form outside and inside the park

An intense two hour design process including an analysis of the site, opportunities and constraints and resulted in two sketch masterplans (on display) following the principles of McHarg’s Design with Nature. Both designs were presented prior to the launch event of the exhibition McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ – A Celebration of Influence and Legacy.

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