Here+Now praised for community exhibition

Hold Me Dear, Rodney Street tunnel, Edinburgh, by Here+Now
Hold Me Dear, Rodney Street tunnel, Edinburgh, by Here+Now

A new Edinburgh-based not-for-profit startup landscape architecture studio has won two awards at the Scottish Design Awards for a community engagement exhibition held in a tunnel.

Here+Now was co-founded in late 2014 by Jenny Elliott, Liz Thomas, and Lisa Jeffrey, with an emphasis on user-centred co-design. The trio combine skills in built environment design and community engagement, and incorporates photography and filmmaking into their practice.

Its Hold Me Dear exhibition, which used Rodney Street tunnel in Edinburh to host a community photography exhibition during the 2015 City Link Festival, was awarded both the Regeneration Award and the Chairman’s Award. The project engaged the community in the months preceding the exhibition with outdoor workshops, speaker events and spot interviews with local residents and businesses to establish how design might be used to have a positive impact in the neighbourhood.

Scottish Design Awards’ judge Heinz Richardson of architect Jestico + Whiles said: ‘This project, initiated by a small not-for-profit design studio, does much to capture the imagination and zeitgeist of real issues at the heart of regeneration. How people use and engage with spaces is critical to the understanding of the transformative impact of design. Curating an installation and online record of personal and moving reflections of places and memories in a way that encourages engagement and participation in local places is worthy of special recognition. A beautiful and highly relevant project.”

The public realm/ landscaping category of the Scottish Design Awards was won by Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture for its garden at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire, a series of tranquil gardens and shaded courtyards. Highly commended was the regeneration of Helensburgh town centre by Austin-Smith: Lord.

Full list of 2016 winners hereĀ 

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