Castle MacLellan Foods, Kirkcudbright – Taylor Architectural Practice Ltd (T.A.P.)

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Scotland's Housing - More Than Just Numbers

Wed. 22 May 2019


£85 Early Bird

£50 SEDA Members Early Bird

Book tickets


A one day event focused on affordable, environmentally responsible, social and community housing in towns and cities.

The RIAS Bookshop will be running a pop up bookstall at the event.

Over the last 60 years housing in Scotland has been dominated by a drive for quantity rather than quality – a situation not helped by having a very small number of housebuilders being mainly responsible for delivery. However, in the last 20 years dissatisfaction with the lack of affordable, environmentally benign and future-proofed housing in Scotland has been growing.

This concern is widespread amongst central government, local government, the many agencies that this affects, and communities, but we are beginning to see some positive signs of change. Inspiration is being taken from many places, including Germany and Switzerland where there has been a longstanding commitment that sees housing as a right and there are numerous projects from which we could potentially learn a great deal. However, the innovations they illustrate are often perceived as “too difficult” to achieve in Scotland.

The event will address this perception - that “it would never work here” - by providing a forum in which to debate the institutions, mechanisms and actors that need to be put in place to overcome the current barriers and to progress with the best possible advice and experience.

There will also be a video and Skype interview with one of the project founders of a highly successful cooperative housing project in Zurich.

This event is organised by SEDA and the Gaia Group / Gaia Research, and supported by the Ecology Building Society and Architype.

Housing communities and would be “intentional” communities, baugruppe and co-operatives are very welcome. Low/no income applicants should contact


Radisson Blu Hotel
80 High Street
Royal Mile
United Kingdom

9:30am - 4:40pm

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