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New life in Fountainbridge

Posted on 28 November 2012

Written by:

Maja Luna Jorgensen

Earlier in November we supported a fantastic group who have come together to create a vision to breathe new life into Fountainbridge, a canalside area near the centre of Edinburgh with a rich industrial history.

The Glass-House ran a one-day workshop for the Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative, a group made up of local residents and organisations passionate about what happens to their place. The workshop provided the opportunity for the group and landowners, interest organisations and decision-makers to meet each other and together explore ideas for the future of Fountainbridge.

Below are a selection of photos from the day:

The workshop took place in an empty office space overlooking the site – perfect for reminding ourselves of the physical realities of the area:
We mapped out aspects of Fountainbridge – the history, movement, economy, community uses.
An important part of the day was sharing findings developed in smaller groups. Here FCI Chair, Pat Bowie, shares her group’s ideas for Fountainbridge.
Participants get hands-on and develop ideas through collaging.
What does density actually mean? We thought about what density measures and developed a large model site and context model to test different densities. Here a participant shares her group’s density test and the ideas they developed.

Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative plans to deliver further open days to their local communities, sharing their learning and inviting contributions through model making and other activities.

We wish them the best of luck on their journey to great placemaking!

Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative also captured the day in film:

Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative – Community Design Workshop from JOEL VENET on Vimeo.