A number of our members took part in the Design Dunfermline event. The report from this, which brings together the findings of two days of community consultation, is now out and makes for interesting reading.
The event was billed as follows:
The latest event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme, which celebrates the built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife, gives Dunfermline residents the opportunity to put forward their ideas for structural changes to the town’s High Street. Jointly hosted by Avocado Sweet and local architectural firm Sam Foster Architects, the ‘architectural drop-in’ event, will take place on 7 and 8 October in the Community Gallery at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. Come along for a chance to play architect for the day and let your imaginations carve out a new and improved layout for the town centre.
The report begins by setting contemporary Dunfermline’s within its historical context. Acknowledging the visions for the town created by Patrick Geddes and Thomas Mawson in the early 20th century, the post-WW2 work of James Shearer and the more recent work of Ken Robb, we see over a century of design and planning as part of our town’s story. Of course it has not all been professionals. The 2010 Children’s Ecocity allowed young people to imagine the future Dunfermline they might live in.
The 2-day event saw over 150 people participate and the report distils a huge variety of ideas and themes into a coherent form. Housing, the historic environment, green spaces, leisure facilities, public spaces, transport, visitor attractions and much more are covered and used to underpin a call for a strategic vision.