SEDA aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials and products which enhance the quality of life and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.
SEDA was formed in 1991 by Howard Liddell and Sebastian Tombs and launched formally in February 1993 by Lord James Douglas Hamilton, Minister for Housing and the Environment at the Scottish Office. The Minister handed out prizes to the winners of the first SEDA student eco-design competition, which we now run as the 'KJ Award'. SEDA began a programme of talks and visits, and a newsletter produced by GAIA which later became our current Magazine. And so, SEDA was born.
Humans are part of nature and their dependence upon its life-creating processes should be recognised. The long term need for nature to have the capacity to regenerate itself and evolve should be respected, as should the fact that humans only have a partial view of these processes.
Good design enhances the environment, as well as the human spirit and need for community.
good design is a stimulating, creative and COMMUNAL process.
Designing materials, products, projects, systems, environments and communities which are benign to living species and planetary ecology.
energy should be used efficiently and come from renewable sources
Safe, non-toxic objects of long term value should be the objective.
A mature respect for nature should become an intrinsic part of the choices we make to enhance good design but does not preclude the use of sophisticated technology.
Space should be optimised rather than maximised.
the concept of waste should be eliminated. In Nature, ecological SYSTEMS, waste becomes a resource.
SEDA is a charity and is run by a Board of Directors, who are elected at Annual General Meetings and who oversee its activities and actively promote SEDA to the wider public. The Board meet 8 times a year for discussion and for planning the activities of the Association. A list of our current directors is as noted:
David Seel : Chair
Kirsty Cassels : Vice-Chair
Alejandro Moreno : Treasurer
Chris Stewart : Director
Ann Nisbet : Director
Joshua Brown : Director
Jamie McCallum : Director
Sion Pierce : Director
All members are welcome to take part and contribute to our meetings.
SEDA registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in February 2011.
The current SEDA organisation was agreed in 2012 with a series of topic-led sub groups, as illustrated below.