From Russia with love… the Scott Monument and the St Petersburg connection
On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832 there was immediate enthusiasm to create a memorial to the great…
28th April 2020
Over the coming weeks, we will be hosting a series of on-line conversations with leading local and national figures to discuss some of the issues we face as a city, both during and after the coronavirus lockdown. All events are free, though we will be asking for a donation to help us cover the loss of income we are experiencing during the lockdown. We can promise lively and stimulating conversation, as well as a chance for you to put your questions directly to our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you to the conversation.
Is Edinburgh architecture at the dawn of a new ‘Golden Age’?
Today’s Edinburgh skyline reveals not only the towers and spires of our renowned World Heritage Site, but also countless cranes and gantries which signify the biggest building boom the city has seen for many years. In this conversation with leading architects Rab Bennetts, Malcom Fraser, and Richard Murphy, we will look at how the city is changing and ask whether future generations will look back and call this a ‘golden age’.
How can we build a better Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is experiencing an unprecedented degree of change in planning, transport, tourism and the local economy. How will the coronavirus outbreak change this? In this conversation with three leading politicians we will ask the question: how can we make our capital city a better place in which to live and work after coronavirus?
A writer’s guide to surviving a pandemic.
National statistics suggest we are seeing a boom in reading across all age groups since the beginning of the coronavirus restrictions. In this conversation we will talk with three leading Edinburgh writers about their love of literature, working alone, and how they access inner calm and creativity during the lockdown.
Is press freedom and local democracy under threat?
Concerns have been expressed in Edinburgh that politicians and city leaders may be cutting corners as crucial decisions are made about our city – all during a time when the press is under increased strain due to falling revenue. In this conversation with three leading Edinburgh journalists we will explore the issues faced by the Scottish press over the past year, as well as threats to local democracy and press reporting during the coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing the climate emergency as a city
In May of last year, the City of Edinburgh Council formally declared a climate emergency and committed to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2030, recognizing that any national plan requires fast and radical change at the city level. In this conversation with leading climate change experts, we ask what this mean for ordinary residents of Edinburgh, and what will be the impact on the heritage and architecture of the World Heritage Site.
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