Walks by Design

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As more cities worldwide turn their attention to healthier and more sustainable modes of living, we present our series of Walks by Design, 90 minute walking routes in urban centres that highlight contemporary design interventions en route.

Book for our latest events via our dedicated Eventbrite pages. 

Our Walks by Design are given extra focus with themes that emerge from our allied Programmes - in Edinburgh on Urban Parklands (2015) and High Street Retail (2019), in Kirkcaldy (2018), Grantown (2019) and Belfast (2020) on Linen Heritage.

 

Our introductory Concrete Walk by Design in Edinburgh takes place in June 2021, We’re looking forward to developing our #concreteScotland walks from next year across Scotland’s seven cities with a focus on sustainable construction, all part of our Concrete Designs to Thrive programme. 

Walks are co-designed with local enthusiasts and leave a novel route for anyone to follow or adapt as suits. With Walks by Design we join with related interventions in Scotland and around the world.

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Concrete Walk by Design

8 June 2021

Please tune in live from 8 to 18 June as we develop a Concrete Walk by Design with your help, introducing our new programme, Concrete Designs to Thrive outlining some key themes and objectives. Book via Eventbrite.

Our Concrete Walk by Design is an event series within Archifringe21, each event a separate stop and conversation, which together form a walking route in Edinburgh.

Using your contributions from our live events, we will map the new walking route for future use. 

Live and online

We have taken the decision to limit the ‘walking group’ at each event to those talking and our support crew. While this restricts numbers on the ground, we warmly invite you to join a wider audience by our live online presence at each event.

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Linen Routes along the Connswater, Belfast

16 September 2020

Our new Walk by Design in East Belfast celebrates linen heritage along the river Connswater and the extraordinary urban design of the Connswater Community Greenway itself. The walk was co-designed with local walkers and the expert Greenway guides. The Greenway is a 9km linear park in East Belfast following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces. The route is gradually being transformed into a high quality, vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland. Local residents and visitors alike use the area for leisure, recreation and community events and activities. You can find out more about the Connswater Community Greenway by visiting their website at http://www.connswatergreenway.co.uk/


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Photo by Liz Beaton

Co-Design with EastSide Arts | Plotting new routes together

12 August 2020

During the EastSide Arts Festival 2020 local people were invited to attend an event to help design a new walk, sharing time and stories together to plot a new Linen Walk By Design. Journeys in Design worked closely with the expert guides of the Connswater Greenway team to ensure a safe route focusing on allied linen heritage. The planning walk took place  on Wednesday 12 August, when 25 people joined the event, and offered their creative contributions so the final route took its lead from local people, bringing local linen stories and heritage to life in and around the river.  

You can find out more about the Connswater Community Greenway by visiting their website at http://www.connswatergreenway.co.uk/

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Photo by Maxime Ragni

Talking Shop on the High Street, Old Town Edinburgh

September 2019 to January 2020

Walking out from Dovecot Studios, we trace the development of shopping in the capital from linen halls, luckenbooths and lawnmarkets to draperies and department stores, stopping at contemporary design interventions en route (dates September 2019 to January 2020). Our inaugural walkers contributed their stories of shops long gone supplementing our own research into the British Linen Bank and the development of retail architecture. We give emphasis to the circular economy of the built enviroment by spotting repurposed buildings en route including the Dovecot Studio itself, a former municipal bath house and swimmng pool. 

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Photo by Maxime Ragni

Migration and the Sea, Creative Energies in Leith

26 May 2019

Our stroll out from the Custom Hose in Leith is a celebration of the creative energies contributing to this vibrant quarter today, reflecting on migration and maritime heritage emerginhg from Our Linen Strories exhibtion in 2019. Our inaugural walk stopped at 7 key design interventions and was supplememnted by tales from story teller Jan Bee Brown and Mark Watson of Historic Enviroment Scotland 

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Photo by Maxime Ragni

Linen and the Lang Toun, Kirkcaldy

1 August 2018

Kirkcaldy is known as the ‘Lang Toun’ as its High Street was considered the longest in Scotland, on the rise up from the sea, hugging the meandering Fife coastline. Liaising with the local community in Kirkcaldy, Journeys in Design designed a walk focusing on contemporary Design features and local Linen Heritage as part of Our Linen Stories programme in 2018 and 2019. Insights from those on the inaugural walk contributed to our final mapping project. 

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Photo by Ellie Morag

Design Routes through the urban landscape, West New Town Edinburgh

30 August 2015

Walking west out from Edinburgh's Gayfield Square at the top of Leith Walk, encounter seven key creative interventions en route between the city's many green spaces. Curators Anna Feintuck and John Ennis design a 90 minute walk, collaborating with National Library Scotland using old maps, new mapping techniques and insights from our inaugural walking group. 

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Photo by Ellie Morag

Design Routes through the urban landscape, South New Town Edinburgh

23 August 2015

Walking south out from Edinburgh's Gayfield Square at the top of Leith Walk, encounter seven key creative interventions en route between the city's many green spaces. Curators Anna Feintuck and John Ennis design a 90 minute walk, collaborating with National Library Scotland using old maps, new mapping techniques and insights from our inaugural walking group. 

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Photo by Ellie Morag

Design Routes through the urban landscape, East New Town Edinburgh

16 August 2015

Walking east out from Edinburgh's Gayfield Square at the top of Leith Walk, encounter seven key creative interventions en route between the city's many green spaces. Curators Anna Feintuck and John Ennis design a 90 minute walk, collaborating with National Library Scotland using old maps, new mapping techniques and insights from our inaugural walking group. 

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Photo by Ellie Morag

Gayfield Square Garden Walks, Edinburgh

August 2015

As part of our Summer 2015 programme, locals and visitors were invited to participate in 20 minute lunchtime Garden Walks. These walks retraced and renewed the 1876 pathway around the original Gayfield Square planting scheme, long gone. Guest walkers and outdoor health groups were scheduled to join the walkers.