Nature on Edge: The Hebridean Resilience Platform – Outer Hebrides, Scotland © Dilyana Krushkova

Nature on Edge: The Hebridean Resilience Platform – Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Dilyana Krushkova

University of Strathclyde

Project Description

Home to over 1/3rd of Europe’s priority habitats, Scotland’s biodiversity is in decline. This is clear in the Outer Hebrides, where the archipelago’s remote location poses a socio-ecologic issue, emerging from the strong connection islander – nature.

Considering biodiversity is about connections, a new croft typology will be created-The Hebridean Resilience Platform, which connects all islands, from Lewis to Barra. The focus is on the southern islands where interventions on several sites are proposed, which will address biodiversity’s issues and affect the larger scale of things through adopting a place-view approach and drawing inspiration from Hebridean traditions, history and habitat importance. This will counteract top down conservation approaches, give locals full control over the economy of their islands and ultimately preserve nature though preserving the traditional Hebridean way of life.

Sustainability Agenda

The sustainability agenda is divided into two key parts. The first one relates to the re-connection to tradition, traditional trades and crafts and preserving the traditional Hebridean way of life. This is accomplished through the creation of the Hebridean Resilience Platform, which acts as a connector between the different islands and their specific characters. The second relates to the usage of local materials and building techniques. It focuses on reinventing building forms and the way local materials are used within this new architecture. Where local resources are unsuitable, traditional techniques are utilized instead.