A short walk from Edinburgh, Leith is a small industrial port town which has become an up-and-coming residential and creative area. The site, in the centre of Leith Walk, is the primary shopping and trading street. The Leith Walk Bridge spanned across the street between 1900-1980. It aimed to be a new railway line to connect Edinburgh to Leith Docks. However, the bridge was removed due to disuse and remains sorely missed by the residents.
The site will celebrate the local history of the area by recreating lost facades, through the installation of a Construction & Conservation School. These facades, showcased on The Lost Bridge of Leith – reconstructed to emulate its counterpart, to become a symbol of protest by speaking up for the various other lost and demolished structures which once held cultural value.
To celebrate its past, the bridge would become a stage to showcase other ‘lost’ buildings across Leith and Edinburgh.
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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