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More Process, Less Product? SEDA Conference 18-19 May 2012

This year’s event is taking place in Fife and aims to bring together people involved in different projects in various ways (as client, user, designer) and at different stages through a mixture of talks and visits. The sessions will make reference to examples of projects in and around Fife – some of which we will be visiting and which may illustrate some of the points made. Friday 18th May will start with a tour of Kingdom Housing Association’s Housing Innovation Showcase project site in Dunfermline. Registration and lunch at Falkland will be followed by an afternoon of talks providing examples of how different approaches can affect what happens – and from different perspectives. This will include contributions from David Thompson whose recent work with Fife Council includes a reflection on how much the recent design charettes have determined future planning and development around Fife and which aims to extend the discussion started in the latest SEDA Magazine issue; then Richard Atkins will aim to shed some light on the clients view. After coffee Geoff Squire will talk to us about sustainable cropping and the balance of process and product and we’ll end with Mike Small who will tell us about the Fife Diet! After this we’ll be taken for a guided tour of the new Tullis Russell Environment Education (TREE) Centre designed by Richard Atkins before returning to Falkland for an evening of good Fife food at the Pillars of Hercules organic cafe. 

Friday 18th May 

Advance reservation required Optional tour – pre-registration: 10am-12pm Kingdom HA Housing Innovation Showcase project – “Testing product and process”; a Client perspective

1130 - 1245 Arrival/ registration/ buffet lunch (campers find their pitch(es)!

1300 - Welcome and scene setting: programme and project visits Paul Barham

1310 -1330 Opening speech Robin Harper, SEDA Patron tbc – Shifting focus from the hardware of the built environment to the softer, broader issues of behavioural change, community empowerment & democratic restructuring

1335-1405 Howard Liddell, Gaia Architects: Eco-Max - An Introduction to the Carbon-free lectures

1405-1435 David Thompson, Urban Designer & Masterplanner - From Design Charettes to the Real World – a LA view (on recent charettes in Fife plus a response to the critique on charettes in SEDA’s latest magazine; how useful and meaningful are they?)

1435-1500 The TREE Centre: Interpreting the clients’ perspective - Richard Atkins, Architect

1500-1510 Q&A

1510-1525 Coffee

1530-1555 Geoff Squire, James Hutton Institute: Balancing crop production, arable biodiversity & fragile ecosystems 

1600-1620 – Dr Mike Small, An Introduction to The Fife Diet

1620-1630 - Closing remarks,  Paul Barham, Chair of SEDA -

16.30-1800 – Depart for Markinch and Guided tour of TREE Centre

1800 – depart from Markinch and return to Falkland – prepare for evening meal

19.00 onwards - Dinner at Pillars of Hercules Organic Cafe**

Saturday May 19th Learning from practice: AGM and tours

10.00-1200 SEDA AGM business meeting

1230-1430 – Arc Architects various projects: Falkland chapel renovation & soft toppings; Letham Park shelter; Arc’s offices at Cupar INCLUDES Picnic Lunch at Falkland Park 

1430 - Loch Leven Bird Hide – Icosis Architects, shortlisted for RIAS and EAA Awards 2012

1600 - Dysart Harbour improvements/ art works – City Design Co-operative/ Rankin Fraser

FEES: Costs include lunch, tea/ coffee both days and are as follows: SEDA members £60 Fri/ £50 Sat/ £75 weekend; Non-members: £85 Fri/ £75 Sat/ £125 weekend; Students in f/t education: £50/£45/ £60 weekend; Community organisation representatives pay the same as SEDA members; Corporate/ govt non-members £125 per day/ £175 weekend. BOOKINGS/ ENQUIRIES TO MARY KELLY: mary@segalselfbuild.co.uk  Tel: 01668 219247

 **NOTE: Camping is available at £6 per person per night; 3-course Evening meal based on the Fife Diet is £25 per person. The costs for camping and evening meal are NOT included in the attendance fee. 


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