Explore Architecture and Place at the 2016 Festival of Politics

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As part of the Festival of Architecture, during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, this year’s Festival of Politics (18-20 August) at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh features a number of events on the theme of architecture and our places.

A full programme of Festival of Politics activities is available here, and below we have highlighted some of the events with a particular architecture focus.

Power to the People: Community Architecture
Friday 19 August – 13:30 to 15:00

How democratic is architecture?  Join the panel to discuss how and why local communities should be involved in local projects that directly involve them, from school conversions to housing associations.  Join our Chair Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect at the Scottish Government, and panellists Fiona Welch, Collective Architecture; Graham Hogg, Lateral North design agency and co-curator of Prospect North; Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library; and David Page, Page/Park architects.

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Healing Architecture: from Maggie’s Centres to dementia-friendly homes
Friday 19 August – 14:00 to 15:30

The Maggie’s Centres’ initiative embraces the ethos that architecture really can help improve cancer patients’ health.  What are architects, health providers and designers doing to meet the challenge of one million people estimated to be living with dementia by 2021 in the UK?  Join Chair Sir Kenneth Calman, Scottish cancer researcher, and panellists Professor June Andrews, Dementia expert and consultant; Neil Gillespie, Reiach and Hall Architects; Andrew Anderson, Centre Head of Maggie’s Edinburgh; and Lesley Palmer, Chief Architect for Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling.

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Scotstyle
Friday 19 August – 17:00 to 18:30

Celebrate the best 100 buildings in Scotland from the last 100 years as nominated by the Scottish public.  The top ten buildings will be announced in the Debating Chamber.  This special event is chaired by Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP, with panellists Neil Baxter, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS); Ruaridh C. Moir architect, writer and lecturer;Fiona Sinclair, architect, author, historian; and Andrew Wright, Past President. In partnership with Festival of Architecture 2016.

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Building our Lego and Minecraft future
Saturday 20 August – 16:30 to 18:00

LEGO® and Minecraft are both phenomenally popular outlets for both children’s and adults’ imaginations.  So what is the appeal of these most simplistic of games and how can we apply Minecraft and LEGO skills to education and encourage a younger generation to design the spaces of the future?  Join Chair, Jacqueline Cassidy, Head of External Affairs for Children in Scotland, and panellists Warren Elsmore, professional LEGO builder and author of Brick History: Amazing Historical Scenes to Build from LEGO; Stephen Reid, 3D modeller; and Susana Ferreira, community engagement architect from Stone Opera. In partnership with Festival of Architecture 2016.

Book here (£6.00/£4.00)

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