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CONCRETE

Designs to Thrive

Places and Spaces for Living Well

We introduce our Concrete Designs to Thrive in June 2021, with Scotland's Architecture Fringe.

More details and ticket reservations on our Eventbrite page.

 

Join us live online in a series of encounters along our new Concrete Walk by Design in Edinburgh.

We talk to design experts and enthusiasts as we outline themes and objectives of this latest material journey.

Offer your own questions and comments using the chat function under our video screen.

From the minute to the monumental, concrete is the basis for a huge array of interventions across art, design and industry, the structural warp to a cultural weft of people, places and activities.

 

It is the most utilised material on the planet after water and contributes to 8% of global CO2 emissions. In Scotland, 40% of landfill derives from the construction industry.

 

Designers are confronted by the heavy carbon footprint of this ubiquitous material and seek mindful, functional and sustainable design solutions. 

Concrete Designs to Thrive draws on seven essential acts of life:

MEET, LEARN, NEST, PRAY, HEAL, PLAY, and VOTE.

 

In a rolling series of creative events, we journey to Scotland's seven cities, on the ground from 2022.

Linking interventions at home and abroad, we foster international collaboration.

In all we ask, what places and spaces help us live well and prosper?

 

1 MEET

Culture Hub & City Square

6-6.30pm Tuesday 8 June 2021 
Camera Obscura, Riddels Court  

Emma Olver, Patrick Geddes Centre
discussing Design Legacies 
'By leaves we live' 

2 LEARN

Library & Campus

6-6.30pm Wednesday 9 June 2021
Edinburgh Uni Library and Campus  

Fran Baseby, Special Collections 
discussing Design Archives 
By an urban parkland

3 NEST

Home & Neighborhood

6-6.30pm Thursday 10 June 2021
Old Town Garden  

Paul and Ed, Residents 
discussing Design Regeneration
By an inner city green

4 PRAY

Faith & Sanctuary

1.30-2pm Friday 11 June 2021
Charteris Court Sculpture, St John's St   

Joanna Kessel, Artist  
discussing Design and the spiritual  
By art in the urban realm

5 HEAL

Health Care & Well-Being Centre

6-6.30pm Tuesday 15 June 2021
Scottish Poetry Library   

Ruthanne Baxter, University of Edinburgh Museums 
discussing Design for social prescription 
By walks with nature

6 PLAY

Pavillion & Parkland

6-6.30pm Wednesday 16 June 2021
CRAGS Centre St Leonard's   

Kate Foggo, Edinburgh Frontrunners 
discussing Design for Fun 
By forms in the landscape

7 VOTE

Parliament & Council Chamber

6-6.30pm Thursday 17 June 2021
Scottish Parliament Grounds   

discussing Design with Nature 
By a National landscape