What should the future hold for Edinburgh?
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In these extraordinary times, we have an unprecedented opportunity to push the reset button and find better ways of living together. Fortunately, Edinburgh already has ambitious plans that are starting to take shape, and with the launch of a raft of Local Plan consultation documents, now is the time to lend your support.

7N have been debating our response to Edinburgh City Council’s vision for City Plan 2030 since the City Mobility Plan and Choices for City Plan 2030 consultations were launched two months ago. We have held a series of studio workshops to explore key themes, participated in events with industry and council representatives, lobbied colleagues and clients, and drafted and re-drafted our consultation responses.

Whilst there are of course other immediate priorities for local public bodies at the moment, the rapid escalation of measures to curb global pandemic have arguably brought the issues that City Plan 2030 seeks to address into ever sharper focus, and many of us are sat at home wondering what the future holds. There is a danger in these testing times that we go back to basics and forget the aspirations of a few weeks back. Instead, what if we set our sights on establishing a new norm when we emerge? What better place to start than engaging with this consultation and setting the course for Edinburgh 2030.

Through a series of short blogs we explore some of the key policies within CEC’s proposals for City Plan 2030, we explain the aspects which we think will make the most difference, and ask ourselves where we might go further.

consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Observations

Images from our Instagram account which capture ideas, places and things that inspire us.
Now more than ever we need a vision for the future for shared life in our towns and cities. We shared our thoughts on the City of Edinburgh’s choices for a City Plan 2030 #edinburgh #city #planning #future #architecture #ariel #photography #drone #scotland
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #architectmodel #model #modeldesign #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
The Chief Planner for Scotland issued a letter on Friday acknowledging the need to explore alternative approaches to public consultation during the Covid-19 lockdown. We were pleased to present our latest design proposals for Queensberry Properties’ redevelopment of Finance House in one of the first ‘digital consultations’ in Scotland on the 19th of March. See our journal for more info, link in bio.
Our team has been working from home in recent weeks, which has made us appreciate the value of light and bright interior spaces. Working from home is better with a view. This is the view from one of the rooms in Buccleuch Street Accomodation.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
Evening light through the trees at Jordanhill Park.
The first apartments are approaching completion as the team reach the one year milestone at Jordanhill.
Autumnal Tones at Jordanhill Park.
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Our Work - In May, 7N signed the Architect’s Declare open letter which has been signed by over 625 architectural practices. Signing the Architect’s Declare letter involves endorsing eleven ‘pledges’ which range from advocacy and raising awareness of climate and biodiversity emergencies, to significant changes in working practices around carbon modelling, resource use and knowledge sharing. Like many others, we have turned the lens on the operations of our practice and our projects to better understand where we can make a real difference and how meaningful changes can be advocated and realised. Our research will be shared in a sustainability focused blog series to document this journey, but to mark today’s day of climate action we’re offering some initial findings along with links to information others may find useful and interesting ; to read the full article, visit our Journal page - link in bio.
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