An Architecture for the Liminal Landscape © Cameron Brown

An Architecture for the Liminal Landscape

Cameron Brown

University of Dundee

Project Description

Looking to the landscape of Kinross-shire, this thesis approaches land as a liminal construction, subject to constant change and enterprise.
Kinross-shire like many vales in North British is an in between place; Between Ochill, Cleish and Lomond Hills; Forth and Tay; heritage landscapes of Perthshire and East Fife or industrial regions of Clackmannan and South Fife.

Remains of Elmet (1979), Poems by Ted Hughes, Photographs by Fay Godwin, is a reflection up the post-industrial landscape of the Calder Valley, Yorkshire, where industrialisation was not the problem, rather the societal changes which came with ‘the end’.

Today ongoing housing demands and developing community aspirations make the subject of development in our rural places one of constant debate. Looking to the community of Fossoway on the edge of Kinross-shire and Clackmannan the question of 30 houses (community council), 100 houses (local council) or 300 houses (local developer) has become a topic of discussion within village halls for the past decade.

Local Development plans began review, spring 2016, with the prospect of much of Fossoway parish’s landscapes being removed from the Local Areas of Great Landscape Value.

This project looks to challenge current planning orthodoxies through historical analysis of landscape features within the region, tested through the design of;

Settlement plan - Villages of Powmill and Gartwhinzean
Building group - Wester Fossoway Cottages
One off structure - Interpretative Centre, Carnbo Stewart