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temporary greening of vacant and derelict land in edinburgh desktop study | jan 2011


SAGE (Sow And Grow Everywhere) is a visionary initiative to generate a massive change in community food growing in the Glasgow Metropolitan region. A joint venture by NVA and ERZ landscape architects, SAGE is transforming derelict and vacant land into vibrant, stimulating, visually attractive spaces for people to grow their own food. It has been designed as a mobile initiative – when land is required for development, the infrastructure can move to a new site.

SAGE (SOW AND GROW EVERYWHERE) Glasgow, by NVA

SAGE is allowing people with no previous experience of growing their own food and herbs to both provide for their families, friends and potentially offer surplus to a wider area. It is complementing, supporting and extending the existing network of community food initiatives. SAGE also offers the potential for the larger initiatives to be developed into vibrant social enterprises. 2

temporary greenspace | vacant + derelict land in edinburgh


Crack Garden, San Francisco by CMG Landscape Architecture

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Turtle creek pump house, Texas by DIRT Studios. Turtle creek pump house, Texas by DIRT Studios. Situated in the centre of a neighbouhood is an abandoned pumphouse with reservoirs that once supplied the neighborhood’s water. These asphalt and concrete volumes transform with a new flow of arts events. Initiating a model for regeneration at a residential scale, existing structures and surfaces are carefully curated and reframed to keep the patina growing. Water flowing through the site is captured for bird baths and filtered before cascading into the creek.

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temporary greenspace | vacant + derelict land in edinburgh


Radiance, Glasgow by NVA Radiance was Glasgow and Scotland’s first major ‘Festival of Light’ produced by NVA. For three evenings, almost 70,000 visitors lost themselves in the sheer enjoyment of an inspiring range of light works by some of the world’s leading designers and visual artists, creating a stunning transformation of the city centre. The festival allowed people to rediscover Glasgow’s remarkable range of buildings and locations resplendent through original lighting schemes, projections, installations, artworks and events.

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Play or Rewind, Sienna, Italy by Cliostraat.

‘Play or Rewind’ demonstrates that even in the most precious and protected urban area, the world heritage site of Sienna, interventions for spontaneous play can contribute to a fresh look at historic environments. Equally, areas that are seen as derelict or worthless can be seen as pleasure gardens and play spaces.

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temporary greenspace | vacant + derelict land in edinburgh


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Invisible Zagreb, Croatia by Platforma 9, 81 Collaborations between the city, architects, artists all dedicated to public engagement with planningand urban change.

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temporary greenspace | vacant + derelict land in edinburgh


NYC strategic vision, USA by Gehl Architects

Gehl Architects formed a strategic vision aimed at improving conditions for pedestrians and promoting a balance between modes of transportation. The vision manifests itself in a series of quickly implemented and affordable pilot projects along the new Broadway Boulevard including projects on Times Square, Herald and Greenly Squares and Madison Square Park reclaimeing nearly 500,000 ft2 (45,000 m2) of public space alongside initiatives throughout the City’s five boroughs. temporary greenspace | vacant + derelict land in edinburgh

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South bridge/ Cowgate, events space for Edinburgh Festival This temporary festival space acted as a venue for comedy and theatre alongside 250 tonnes of sand in the urban beach. Venue organisers are planning on mixing sand castle and volleyball competitions with a programme of salsa and funk.

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Tadashi Kawamata, Public Sculpture/ Installation Art

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