Orkney Futures: New Futurism and the death of nostalgia

The idea that the future was exciting took hold in Orkney half a century ago, some years before the islands lost their World Heritage Site status. Around that time, Orkney experienced a growth in trading and super-technology and in common with the rest of an independent Scotland

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Mirror Land: Mirror Van, Mirror Me – after Don Van Vliet

I’m wondering why I find this so interesting – this glistening caravan. It looks as though a mysterious, Tardis-like object has suddenly appeared at Brodgar. But then why does it suit the landscape so well? It’s just a box with wheels. Does the box have mirrored sides, or is the countryside simply painted on?

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Glenrothes Town Centre Action Plan: a long term vision

In February 2010, Glenrothes Area Committee approved a process which would lead towards the development of a Glenrothes Town Centre Action Plan. Fife Council created an internal cross service project team and appointed Yellow Book, WMUD and Nick Wright Planning to prepare an action plan…

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Bordeaux Métropole 3.1: design at a metropolitan scale

In late 2010, INTA (International Urban Development Association) travelled to Bordeaux where they had been invited by Vincent Feltesse, the President of the Communité Urbaine de Bordeaux, La CUB, to organise an international panel to reflect on a long range vision for Bordeaux

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The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2010

Since 2008 I’ve been collecting a series of images on Tumblr under the banner of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud. This started out as a collection of images that I wanted to keep for easy reference – a sort of Pinterest before its time – but I developed a curiosity about the popularity of certain images

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Helsinki’s Trams and Infrastructure: foresight and strategy

This short article was originally published in the Guardian Edinburgh under the title ‘Spotlight on trams: Helsinki’. The Guardian has given up its local experiment so this post, together with a similar article on trams in Bordeaux may disappear at any time from the Guardian’s pages

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Bordeaux’s Trams: structuring the city

This short article was originally published in the Guardian Edinburgh under the title 'Spotlight on trams: Bordeaux'. The Guardian has given up its local experiment so this post, together with a similar article on infrastructure in Helsinki may disappear at any time...

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Moyle Tourism: development strategy and action plan

We were appointed by Moyle District Council to provide a tourism development strategy and action plan – the Moyle Tourism Strategy. Moyle has a strong competitive advantage as it includes some of the most iconic tourist destinations on the island of Ireland, including…

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Coleraine Harbour Vision: utilising strategic context

WMUD were appointed as part of a team led by Derry based RPD Consulting to examine the harbour lands of Coleraine and provide advice on a way forward. It was accepted from the outset that the land was more than a development opportunity and have to be viewed in a…

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Community futures for Orkney villages

We have completed a study for Orkney Islands Council sketching out community futures for Orkney villages and future possibilities for the communities of Dounby, Finstown and St Margaret’s Hope. Originally described by the client as village masterplans, these loose collections of proposals for three …

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Lanark Town Centre: future directions and opportunities

Lanark Community Development Trust Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD and Nick Wright Planning to undertake a study of Lanark town centre. The Trust wished to gauge how Lanark town centre functions and then to identify future directions and opportunities. Lanark Community Development Trust is …

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Kirkcudbright Harbour Square: a community endorsed plan

The Kirkcudbright Forum commissioned Willie Miller Urban Design (WMUD), Malcolm Fraser Architects and Nick Wright Planning in June 2009 to prepare a Shared Vision for Kirkcudbright Harbour Square. The purpose of the work was to produce a community endorsed plan for...

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Stromness: Urban Design Framework

WMUD were commissioned by Orkney Islands Council in March 2008 to produce a Stromness Urban Design Framework including an economic appraisal and strategy for the town. The purpose of the urban design framework was to provide a strategic overview which would coordinate...

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Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community

Willie Miller Urban Design was commissioned to coordinate and submit an outline planning application on behalf of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (TPFBE) for Knockroon near Cumnock in Ayrshire. The Prince’s Foundation see Knockroon as being an exemplar neighbourhood …

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Stephen Gill: Edgeland and the Olympics

As a follow on from the post here almost two years ago entitled Terrain Vague: place and landscape and Stephen Gill’s photographic work in the Lower Lea Valley, this video which has been around for a few months on Vimeo, draws attention to the destruction of land, common land, and …

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Inverness City Vision: dealing with rapid growth and change

Inverness has been one of the fastest growing cities in Europe in the last few years. A look at how the plan of the city has developed over the last 100 years shows a dramatic change in the shape and extent of the city. However, just as Inverness has attracted attention for its rapid …

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