The Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition
The Stove Network and the Glasgow Institute of Architects is inviting architectural concepts for the Midsteeple Quarter of Dumfries High Street from professional individuals and practices for a reimagined urban core of Dumfries.
The Midsteeple Quarter competition is first and foremost an ideas competition to envisage an innovative new approach to town centre living and being. The goal of the Stove Network is to see the high street re-energised and repopulated, contributing inclusively to the local community and economy.
The competition is looking for innovative yet practical solutions with regards to the building fabric of the Bakers Oven, a conscious solution to a sustainable energy strategy with a people-centred focus and a vision for the Quarter.
Creating a Vision
As designers you are in a position to respond to a set of challenges and dream of solutions, but these ideas need to be shared. Visualisations are a fundamental technique to communicate ideas as both a form of architectural representation and as an exploratory tool to convey the possibilities of our future environment. An image can offer direct evocations of lifestyle or inventive connections to surrounding cultural, social and historical conditions or reveal the potential through transformation and change. The competition revolves around creating a vision for the Midsteeple Quarter and these visionary ideas should be submitted as 2 images to illustrate proposals.
Give the vision of Oz, show the direction and convince you can create the yellow brick road.
John Dowson –
Dumfries High Street Resident
Melissa Gunn –
Lecturer in Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland & Chair of the Board of Directors at The Stove Network.
Tim Gray –
Director at Holmes Miller Architects & GIA President
Iain Monteith –
Director at Loader & Monteith Architects and Tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture
David Cowan –
Head of Regeneration Unit at the Scottish Government
Judging will take place on the 25 May 2017, with the winners announcement on the GIA website shortly after.