Look up! Blueprint guided architecture walk reveals secrets of Dunfermline's buildings

Guide Perri Hopkinson leading the walk under the watchful gaze of Andrew Carnegie

Guide Perri Hopkinson leading the walk under the watchful gaze of Andrew Carnegie

At 11am on Sunday 10 September the well attended Blueprint Guided Architecture Walk got under way lead by Blue Badge Guide Perri Hopkinson. The hour long event, which was Blueprint's contribution to the hugely successful, inaugural Outwith Festival, saw a group of 16 make their from Pittencrieff Park to the Public Park by way of the HIgh Street using Blueprint's City Centre History Map. Perri pointed out many things of interest including the beautiful Grecian design of the former Prudential Building on East Port, the mini-Edinburgh style architecture of many town centre buildings and racy story of Abbot House's one time owner lady Anne Halkett. The walk finished at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum where the group was given a special tour.  

If you would like to conduct your own self guided architecture walk, copies of the Blueprint Map are available free at the Birthplace Museum and Fire Station Creative. 

BLUEPRINT LAUNCHES NEW DUNFERMLINE HISTORY MAP AT ANDREW CARNEGIE MUSEUM

On Monday 27 February a new, hand-illustrated history map of Dunfermline was launched at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum as the Museum opened its doors for the 2017 season.

Sponsored by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme, the map has been published by online culture magazine, Avocado Sweet. Designed by Dunfermline-based artist Natasha of Tupelo Tree, the map features hand drawn and hand painted illustrations of historic and landmark buildings in Dunfermline. Five hundred copies of the map will be distributed free as part of Blueprint Dunfermline, a celebration of the architecture and built environment of Dunfermline & West Fife. 

Nora Rundell, Chief Executive of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to launch this unique and accessible introduction to Dunfermline’s rich history in the birthplace of its most famous son.  As both a guide and a souvenir this beautifully illustrated map will be much in demand.”

Jane Livingstone of Avocado Sweet said: “This is intended to be an attractive piece of printed artwork that conveys the wealth and variety of landmarks in Dunfermline with the town’s history being brought to life in the accompanying text. As far as we know there hasn’t been a map of this type in Dunfermline before and it is our hope that it will enthuse citizens and visitors alike.’

 

SCHOOL PUPILS DESIGN THEIR OWN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

James Daw of Sam Foster Architects with pupils from Commercial Primary and St Margaret's Primary

James Daw of Sam Foster Architects with pupils from Commercial Primary and St Margaret's Primary

Event number three in the Blueprint programme saw James Daw from Sam Foster Architects and Paul Morsley from Iglu Studio help Primary 7 pupils from Commercial and St Margaret’s Primary Schools in Dunfermline to design a classroom in woodland used by both schools.

James explained that, as the clients for the project, the pupils would need to draw up a brief so that they can decide what they want to achieve. Questions the pupils were asked to consider included: “Will you want to grow vegetables? Will you want to stage a play in the space? What kind of seating will you need? What wildlife do you want to encourage?

As architects and landscape designers the pupils will study the pattern of the landscape, where the trees are positioned, light and shade, wind directions, sunlight, natural shelter and how will the space look in winter, spring and summer, all of which, will help them design the room.

James Daw also announced that there would be a design competition among the teams and added that teamwork produced the best designs.  He hoped too that  project might inspire some of the pupils to consider a career in architecture or landscape design.

The Outdoor Classroom project, which is sponsored by local company, Canvas Holidays, will be ready by the summer term in 2017.

ARCHITECTURE-THEMED PECHA KUCHA ON 7 SEPTEMBER AT FIRE STATION

Create in Fife will present a Pecha Kucha evening of presentations with an architectural slant. This is the second event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme.

A superb range of speakers who will share their stories with the public in the unique Pecha Kucha format – just 20 seconds per slide! This is an opportunity to find out more about architecture in Fife and make some great connections. 

All are welcome to the event at Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline on Wednesday 7 September, 7 - 9pm, Entry is free,  places are limited but tickets can be booked in advance at Create in Fife.

Speakers include Lesley Botten from Fife Cultural Trust who will talk about Dunfermline’s new architectural landmark, the Museum due to open in 2017.  Fiona Fisher will talk about interesting conservation projects planned for historic buildings in west Fife while artist Alan Grieve, Psychotic Geography will present a different and funny take on 20 interesting places in Dunfermline. Tim Fitzpatrick of Red Field Arts will present an exciting proposal for a lighting installation in the closes and pends of Dunfermline.

Other speakers will present on the following topics: Neil Beswick from Stirling Developments on proposed west Dunfermline development, Olga Krasanova (pictured) , artist on her Windsock architecture inspired by ancient Dunfermline and Gillian McCracken from Welcome to Fife on Fife’s year of architecture, innovation and design.

For more information contact Michelle McWilliams, Avocadosweet.com,michellemcwilliams@me.com or on 07810 482 499

Olga Krasanova, one of the speakers at the architecture Pecha Kucha 

Olga Krasanova, one of the speakers at the architecture Pecha Kucha 

FUTURE HERITAGE EXHIBITION AT FIRE STATION CREATIVE IS FIRST EVENT IN BLUEPRINT DUNFERMLINE CALENDAR

The first event in the Blueprint Dunfermline calendar is an exciting exhibition by Chalk, which opens on 2 September. Ffion and Steven Blench, a husband and wife team from Aberdour,  are showcasing their own modern decorative plasterwork at Fire Station Creative alongside pieces by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, George Bankart and Thomas Clayton. The couple have previously worked on prestigious restoration projects such as Stirling Castle, The Assembly Rooms and Blair Atholl Castle.

Ffion and Steven Blench hang one of their plaster works in preparation for the Future Heritage exhibition

Ffion and Steven Blench hang one of their plaster works in preparation for the Future Heritage exhibition