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Making Space for Water

Over the course of this project we have been looking at the hidden burns and water courses that flow around and beneath Dundee and Aberdeen. So many artistic / scientific / cultural responses to the natural world posit “nature” as a grand, iconic, unspoilt wilderness. Our mission was to undermine this idea, and to show […]

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The Third Landscape ~ urban rivers

Jo flagged up Gilles Clement, the French gardener / botanist / ecologist and his idea of a “third landscape”. In landscape management, this is a compromise between the engineered and the entirely wild. Thinking about planting or replanting gardens and urban areas, Clement says that human, animal and weather flows have produced a state where […]

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Gallowgellygillburn, Dundee

Saturday 3rd Aug : Exploring the Gelly Burn, one of the tributaries of the Dighty, with Roshni Jose, PhD researcher at Abertay. The Gelly Burn runs through what is now Ardler Village. Where once there were Dundee’s iconic multis (surely on our coat of arms at one point?), now there are football pitches and green spaces, […]

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Making Space for Water ~ postcards

This project has been exploring our experience of urban rivers, and our responses to water in our built landscape – environmental, civic, personal, practical …. The most important creative element has been in the exchange of ideas, the exploration of other ways of thinking and the chance encounters and that have taken place on our walks. But […]

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Making Space for Water

This project explores the route, uses and character of urban waterways. The Dighty Burn in Dundee and the Denburn in Aberdeen are both part of the history and mythology of their home towns; yet they constantly alter, reinventing themselves along their course. Urban rivers are intimate, immediate places of contact with the non-human world for […]

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