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SEDA – Scotland’s Housing: More Than Just Numbers

May 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:45 pm


Over the last 60 years housing in Scotland has been dominated by a drive for quantity rather than quality – a situation not helped by having a very small number of housebuilders being mainly responsible for delivery. However, in the last 20 years dissatisfaction with the lack of affordable, environmentally benign and future-proofed housing in Scotland has been growing.

This concern is widespread amongst central government, local government, the many agencies that this affects, and communities, but we are beginning to see some positive signs of change. Inspiration is being taken from many places, including Germany and Switzerland where there has been a longstanding commitment that sees housing as a right and there are numerous projects from which we could potentially learn a great deal. However, the innovations they illustrate are often perceived as “too difficult” to achieve in Scotland.

The event will address this perception – that “it would never work here” – by providing a forum in which to debate the institutions, mechanisms and actors that need to be put in place to overcome the current barriers and to progress with the best possible advice and experience.

There will also be a video and Skype interview with one of the project founders of a highly successful cooperative housing project in Zurich.

This event is organised by SEDA and the Gaia Group, and supported by the Ecology Building Socitey


Community Housing Initiatives UK

Architects and residents from a number of community housing projects in Scotland and England

Paul Chatterton: Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) Leeds.

John Kinsley Architects: Bath St Collective, Portobello, Edinburgh

Craig White: ModCellTam, LILAC and others

Jono Hines, Architype: Springhill, Stroud and others

Placemaking, Procurement & Cities of Small Distances

Cord Soehlke, Baubürgermeister, Universitätsstadt Tübingen, Germany. Project manager with experience in developing a long term strategy for innovative procurement of community led housing.

Funding models

Jon Lee:
Business Development Manager, Ecology Building Society

Radical Routes

Ian Cooke, Chief Executive, Development Trusts Association Scotland: Asset Transfer and Compulsory Sales Orders

Future Proofing – Design Qualities

Architects and clients able to discuss best practice in socially and environmentally responsible design and universal access issues – essential aspects of future proofing.

Sam Foster Architects – Health & Well being

Guy Harris – Universal Access

Final Programme to be confirmed


See the event flyer here


May 22
9:30 am - 4:45 pm
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Radisson Blu Hotel
80 High St, Royal Mile
Edinburgh, EH1 1TH United Kingdom
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