The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2011

The best of the Cosmic Inspiro-Cloud 2011

For the last two years, I have published a daily image 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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SWARD: Dungannon Integrated Village Plans

SWARD: Dungannon Integrated Village Plans

We were appointed by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council as part of a team led by Rural Development Council and the Venturei Network to develop a series of proposals for seven rural settlements namely Aughinduff, Aughnacloy, Augher/Clogher, Ballygawley,...

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The Last Icon – Glasgow’s Riverside Museum

The Last Icon – Glasgow’s Riverside Museum

This article was originally published in a slightly shorter form in the autumn 2011 issue of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) Magazine.  All photographs were taken by my friend  Jon-Marc Creaney (@scarpadog), owner of GCA...

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Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan

Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan

The Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan was commissioned by the Make it Kilmarnock Board in the autumn of 2010, and funded by East Ayrshire Council and Diageo. Its focus was on the central area of the town, in and around the town centre, and including the Diageo site.

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SWARD: Cookstown Integrated Village Plans

SWARD: Cookstown Integrated Village Plans

We were appointed by Cookstown District Council as part of a team led by Rural Development Council and the Venturei Network to develop a series of proposals for rural settlements including Coagh, Moneymore, Pomeroy, Stewartstown and The Rock – the Cookstown Integrated …

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Glasgow’s M74 Extension – a view from the road?

Glasgow’s M74 Extension – a view from the road?

More than ten years into the 21st century it feels strange to be writing about a new urban motorway but just such an entity was opened to traffic in Glasgow in June 2011. The motorway connects the M74 from Carmyle to Tradeston and Kinning Park then to the M8 heading for Glasgow Airport…

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Health facilities and development planning

Health facilities and development planning

WMUD were appointed by Architecture and Design Scotland as part of the Inverness City Vision study to carry out a mapping exercise looking at the effect of local development planning approaches on the healthcare estate. – the integration of health facilities and development planning.

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Orkney Futures: New Futurism and the death of nostalgia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.