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Leith Institute of Circular Ecology

As natural resources become sparse in the upcoming years, there is a significant value to educating the surrounding neighbourhood on the importance of self-sufficient living and contributing to Leith’s ambitions of becoming a zero-waste community.

Leith Institute of Circular Ecology mitigates the results of climate change by inviting wastewater onto the site, where it undergoes a passive water purification process before supplying the site with a constant flow of fresh water. The clean water is utilised throughout the site in each of the processes that contribute to the programme’s circular ecology such as composting, the growth of barley crops, hydroponic hops growth, brewing, aquaponics, and vertical farming, where produce grown throughout the year is used to serve the on-site restaurant. Food waste from here goes directly into composting, contributing to the production of nutrient rich soil, where the circular process begins again.
Students of the Institute will no longer be hindered by classrooms and exams, instead they will learn through kinesthetic and visual means. By gaining the relevant knowledge and understanding of circular ecology, students will contribute to a more conscious, environmentally aware community that are able to pass on their knowledge to future generations and those around them.

Kayleigh Ablott
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Kayleigh Ablott
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.

Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.

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