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January 16 2014

Ten climate change visions of the future unveiled in RCAHMS student comp
Ten watery visions of a future Scotland swamped by climate change have been unveiled by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) after they laid down the gauntlet to students at Edinburgh College of Art to put pen to paper and imagine what this world might be like.

Inspired by the pictorial esquisse style, popular in art colleges throught the thirties and forties, Designed Spaces for Changed Places was geared toward eliciting the immediate reaction of students to the brief by giving them just 48 hours to compose their entries.

This saw second-year master of architecture student Wynne McLeish emerge victorious with a striking portrait of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge bedecked in a series of floating piers to fend off rising sea levels, an approach which found favour with judges for its blend of fantasy and practicality.

McLeish said: “Having the liberty to design without thinking about planning or costings enabled me to have fun with creating a proposal that was based on pure design. As the brief specified Scotland as the location, I began by identifying our most iconic landmarks, thinking about how these might be affected by extremes of climate change and how they could be reconfigured to provide new adaptable living spaces for future generations.”

RCAHMS plan to re-run the competition next year when it will be open to entrants from all Scotland’s art colleges.
Calum Duncan McCafferty pitched a giant floating city moored off Edinburgh
Calum Duncan McCafferty pitched a giant floating city moored off Edinburgh
Conservation specialist Dr James Simpson, judging chair, highly commended Mark Scott's proposal for the reoccupation of a broch
Conservation specialist Dr James Simpson, judging chair, highly commended Mark Scott's proposal for the reoccupation of a broch

Eleanor Marshall prepared this balmy tropical house by the sea
Eleanor Marshall prepared this balmy tropical house by the sea
Ewen Miller plans to exercise air rights above Edinburgh Castle to raise a new elevated settlement
Ewen Miller plans to exercise air rights above Edinburgh Castle to raise a new elevated settlement

Robert Hebblewaite was named joint runner up for this coastal long-house titled 'Living on the Edge'
Robert Hebblewaite was named joint runner up for this coastal long-house titled 'Living on the Edge'
Rory Lamb envisages a land riven by volvanic eruptions
Rory Lamb envisages a land riven by volvanic eruptions

This esquisse of an autonomous house earned Ekaterina Shirkina a joint runner up place
This esquisse of an autonomous house earned Ekaterina Shirkina a joint runner up place
Wendai Zhu's esquisse details an energy exchange skyscraper
Wendai Zhu's esquisse details an energy exchange skyscraper

Zhao Xie's 'Floating City' imitates an iceberg to offer inhabitants sea views. The vision was highly commended
Zhao Xie's 'Floating City' imitates an iceberg to offer inhabitants sea views. The vision was highly commended

2 Comments

Wonky
#1 Posted by Wonky on 16 Jan 2014 at 13:07 PM
These ideas may become invaluable if the UKplc neo-con mob get there way; despite the hard evidence of our most diligent climate change scientists. It looks like the baw is well & truly burst- what with bonkers Boris' planned runway extensions, the wider exploitation of arctic oil fields, & closer to home, the promise of cheap gas from fracking in the green fields of New Jerusalem.
The short term cash/petroleum junkies will incinerate the planet before they repent, unfortunately- some systems ( very dysfunctional ones at that) will not change; the evolutionary fate of anything that does not change is destruction. Ideologues/fanatics ( for that's what market fundamentalists are) will not, cannot change.
I hope I'm very wrong, but the myopic pygmies are at the wheel of this suicidal death machine; ahead is the wall of natural necessity but they can't see it, until it's too late, only seeing the immediate road & nothing of what lies ahead.
I'm off the buy a house on top of a very high hill.
john b
#2 Posted by john b on 17 Jan 2014 at 11:47 AM
Doomed, we're all doomed. Well at least Dystopian visions can be a reality now.

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