Insect farm, marine research & social housing to deliver a sustainable future for South Uist
August 11 2021
Master's students of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture have begun mapping out a sustainable future for South Uist in conjunction with islanders.
Place, Craft and Community will see the group will explore the challenges of island life and search for social, cultural and economic opportunities in collaboration with Western Isles Council, NatureScot and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Project lead professor Karen Anderson said: "One of the main findings of our study so far, has been the high level of self-sufficiency amongst islanders and their ability to endure a challenging landscape despite the increasing challenges of climate change, depopulation and access to services.
“Our overall ambition is to produce high-quality architectural designs that will add real value to island life. We want to embrace craft in the community's development and build up resilience, creativity and culture. Key proposals that we are suggesting include a marine research and agricultural laboratory, new social housing models, community and tourism-orientated facilities, and an insect farm!"
Work on the first phase will continue through the year at which point the key findings will be presented at an exhibition on the islands and in Aberdeen.
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