Walk the Talk!Invitation

Sustainable Design along the Union Canal

I work for the University of Edinburgh and part of my role involves supporting student projects that focus on sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

We would like to invite you to attend a short series of meetings with University of Edinburgh students taking the MSc Advanced Sustainable Design course. The course is run by lecturer John Brennan. The Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative steering group is already kindly contributing to the project and we would also like to extend the invitation to FCI members.
The students are considering sustainable design along the Union Canal from the basin to the bypass, in collaboration/consultation with community members with an interest in the canal. Final student designs will reflect student creativity but also the ideas of community members. These designs can be shared with the hopes that they can inspire sustainable development along the canal site.
We would be holding three meetings over the course of Semester 2 and unfortunately the dates are fixed as they must align with student course needs. If you are interested and have the time, here are further details:
7 February, late afternoon/early evening Map and meet phase
Venue would be the department for Sustainable Design on Chambers Street. Students would present their initial ideas and models for development along the Union Canal. This meeting is open to all who are interested from FCI and any other community groups or organisations.
28 February Balancing phase
Starting at Edinburgh College of Art late afternoon, ending early evening at Akva for drinks. Students will be considering how to balance different factors - socioeconomic, ecological, etc, for coherence and a cohesive view of the canal. This will lead to a programme of work and focus on specific sites by the students. It would again be open to all to give feedback and express their interests - this is where stakeholders "put in their orders", what they like from the students' work so far, and in what directions they want students to go.
4 April Programme phase:
This phase would start with pairing students with individuals from FCI or other groups/organisations who are happy to work more closely on the project (identifying and working up specific places along the canal). This meeting will be late afternoon/early evening at John's building on Chambers Street. This will be another session open to all, showing the work for final comment.
We would be very grateful if you would come and join us! Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested.

Dr Elizabeth Vander Meer Climate Policy Manager Elizabeth.Vandermeer@ed.ac.uk | 07554432750 I am out of the office on Fridays
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