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Laura Hainey

in Glasgow

Architecture & Design Scotland


Since 2012 Architecture and Design Scotland’s Materials Library has showcased sustainable, traditional, innovative, recycled and low carbon building materials at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. Laura Hainey will tell the story of some of these interesting materials, charting their source, environmental properties and use in Scottish buildings. Architecture and Design Scotland are Scotland’s design champion, bringing people together to create better places. / @ArcDesSco

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Textile-Reinforced Concrete: Material of the Future

@ VOL 20 ON NOV 20, 2013

When you hear the words "concrete" and "textiles," you think of bunkers, gray urbanity, and bleak high-rise structures. Kevin Pidun of Lehrstuhl für Plastik shows us that textile-reinforced concrete opens a new universe of surprising uses and forms for this gray material. 

"Presentation of the Day" on September 3, 2014.

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Material Knowledge

@ VOL 115 ON JUN 25, 2014

After discovering leftover material from Kikutake's 1970 Osaka Expo tower, architectural researcher Nick Bruscia and his students began experimenting with textured stainless steel sheets to create a system of woven face frames. Its reflection of sunlight and resistance to winde make the installation's specular quality and the structural integrity one in the same. Nick comments that he is trying to create knowledge about materials, rather than implement knowledge. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 18, 2014.

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Learning from the Paper Architects of Moscow

@ VOL 15 ON MAY 24, 2016

Ross Anderson shares his journey to explore the Paper Architects of Moscow.

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Passive House Nursery Project

@ VOL 15 ON MAY 24, 2016

Fraser Lovie from the University of Aberdeen talks through the process for designing the new passive house nursery.

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Reading Material

@ VOL 8 ON OCT 26, 2017

"I'm interested in materials in their rawest state ... to the point where it's processed, to user intervention, to post consumption and disposal and reuse."

Yemi Awosile presents Reading Material.

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Sophia Grant, Skills Development Scotland

@ VOL 35 ON OCT 25, 2018

Over the last two years Sophia Grant has been working in the Service Design and Innovation Directorate at Skills Development Scotland to define the skills that Scotland’s people will need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, and to consider how these skills will be embedded in SDS’s apprenticeship qualifications. Before arriving in Scotland, Sophia worked for the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs where she applied human-centred design to transform public services relating to passports, citizenship and births, deaths and marriages.

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Huts: The Renaissance Of Hutting In Scotland

@ VOL 7 ON NOV 22, 2018

Setting up the Architects practice, Quercus Rural Building Design in 2002, in the Scottish Borders, Peter Caunt has become involved in building his own designs and those of others. With themes of energy efficiency and use of natural and locally sourced materials.  He has worked in many techniques including  timber frame, oak post and beam, ICF, SIPS, hemp lime and straw bale.  Mostly for domestic construction projects extending into hut designs for the movement that is reviving hut culture in Scotland.

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Housing 2.0: A Sustainable, Habitable Future

@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Chris Morgan is an architect and a Director at John Gilbert Architects with over 25 years’ experience in ecological design and sustainable development. He has maintained a range of experience from masterplanning and energy infrastructure, through to award-winning and innovative architecture, research and teaching. Previously a Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design, Chris is one of only four architects with advanced sustainable architecture accreditation from the RIAS. He is a design review panellist for Architecture + Design Scotland and has certification in Passivhaus design, building biology and permaculture. / @johngilbertarch

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Self Build in Glasgow

@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Upon completing her first Self-build in 2002, Angela Doran became a committed advocate of self-provided housing models. She wholeheartedly believes that Custom and Self-build should be options available to all, regardless of wealth or social status. 

As well as completing further individual projects while running a small development company, she has worked for several years as a consultant to Self-build groups and local government. She specialises in building connections between communities and agencies, such as regeneration companies, planning departments, local authorities and housing professionals, ensuring that the needs of each are met equitably. Currently, Angela is leading Glasgow City Council’s pioneering Self-build project in Maryhill, while continuing to provide help and support to various groups across Scotland through her work as a director of Assemble Collective Self-build. She is also the Scottish Rep for NaCSBA.