Category: appropriation

wasteland projects

After a successful project launch and open studio day on Friday (pictures to follow- thanks for coming!) we have developed a few ideas into small project proposals for various wastelands around the City of Edinburgh. We want to install some physical interventions around the city on a temporary basis and see if they encourage people to use and see these wasted spaces in new light. Our first project is still in the pipeline but see below for a sneaky peak!

Check here or on twitter for more updates soon … !

Before...

Before…

Proposed after!

Proposed after!

no more wasted efforts…

Necessity is the mother of invention.

There is nothing sadder than the paucity of creativity seen all too often; where budgets are high, virgin resources a-plenty, and imagination is surplus to requirement.  I’m fed up with the same design solutions replicated place after place, design teams across the world featuring clones of the same photoshop manufactured images.

Difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions… working with grassroots community groups, I’ve seen it first hand. Engaging, inviting, ‘human’ places arise from wasted ground, putting the land in urban settings to greater effect making it work harder for the benefit of environment and society.  A harder working landscape architecture and truth to the existing potential of a place is central to my approach and my understanding of what our profession offers.  Don’t waste design efforts on the ideologies of a corporate client, design for creativity and for the realisation of places which are real.  This is why the Wasteland Collective is such an exciting collaboration, and a natural complement to the project work I engage in.

The Collective is a place to demonstrate a different outlet for landscape architecture, showing how successful temporary landscapes and other grassroots projects can be.  We hope to reveal the lessons we’ve been learning in realising such projects, to suggest methods, approaches, and techniques to enable others to take hold of their urban places and use them more fully – to invite people to appropriate these urban wasted spaces.

Identifying need is the start of a creative process… and working within the context of ‘need’ ensures nothing goes to waste.