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SEDA Conference and AGM 2014: The Power of Community

Friday 30th May 2014 1200-1700: a series of talks at Birks Cinema followed by a guided tour of the recently renovated and award-winning Art-Deco building;

Saturday 31st May 2014, 1000-1700: tour of Tombreck, talks at the award-winning Big Shed, AGM and visits to projects in and around Killin and to the Blair Atholl Visitor Centre

To book a place please email Mary Kelly - mary@segalselfbuild.co.uk


This year SEDA’s AGM is taking place in Perthshire. The theme of the weekend is the “Power of Community” to make things happen, change and improve, to get people involved; to create or enhance the identity of a place through appropriate design and development of buildings, landscapes, services etc.

The first day of talks will be at the award-winning Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy(on the Civic Trust’s Buildings at Risk Register until its recent renovation) designed by Robin Baker Architects - and which Robin describes as a prime example of a community-led town centre regeneration project, making the best use of existing resources to enliven our town centres with a new sense of community and enterprise. The afternoon of talks will be followed by a guided tour of the Birks Cinema project.

Contributors on Friday 30th May include Maja Luna Jorgensen, urban designer and strategic project manager at the The Glass-House Community Led Design, who will talk about her experience of working in England, what ‘Localism’ means, any good ideas we can 'borrow' and a couple of inspirational projects we can learn from. Hannah Buss will tell us how the Love Milton project is collaborating with other groups to set up a construction school and we’ll hear from Julie Wilson and Ewan Cameron about building projects that we’ll be visiting over the weekend.

Our final session will present the winning student entries to the 2014 KJ Award, accompanied by the exhibition.

Day 2 at Tombreck features more talks and visits. Over the years communities are increasingly realising their power to lead the decision-making process and to make sure that what gets done locally – or not! - reflects and responds to their needs so that who decides what gets done and how is part of makes places and spaces work and get used effectively and sustainably. Contrasts between, and lessons learned from, top-down initiatives and those which are community-led is one of the topics reflected on by the different contributors over the weekend.
Spanning a wide variety of forms and practices, and reflecting diverse collaborations between local communities, designers and building users, it is clear that the most sustainable projects are well-designed and seek to enhance the quality of life for people in both rural and urban environments now and in the future.

Saturday 31st May starts with a tour of Tombreck. Lucy Conway will be developing this theme further by talking to us about the Eigg community-buy out. After the AGM and lunch we have more visits.


Friday 30th May, The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy
1130 Registration – Refreshments, light snacks, exhibition of KJ Award entries
1300 Welcome, Introduction to the AGM – Matt Bridgestock, SEDA Chair
1315 Maja Luna Jorgensen,The Glass-House Community Led Design: Localism – more than just a buzzword?
1350 Hannah Buss, Love Milton
1415 Ewan Cameron, Architect
1440 Julie Wilson, Brennan +Wilson, Architects – Blair Atholl Visitor Centre
1505 Q&A, refreshments – view KJ Award entries
1530 Fiona Sloan, The Birks Cinema Project - A client’s view
1550 KJ Award 2014: Introduction, entries & prizes Chris Stewart/ Jim Johnson
1700 Guided Tour of the Birks followed by a break to explore, check in to B&Bs
1930 Evening Meal at the Birks Cafe for those who have booked
Saturday 31st May, The Big Shed, Tombreck
1000 Guided tour: Tombreck & Big Shed by Sue Manning, Ecological Architecture
1100 Refreshments
1115 TBC
1145 Lucy Conway, Isle of Eigg
1215 Q&A
1230 AGM Business
1330 Picnic Lunch at Tombreck
1430-1730 Visits – various projects, Killin and the Blair Atholl Visitor Centre. 


Ends: 31.05.2014