of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memoral Trust Awards Scheme for 2008 -
click on an image for video (MP4) of the presentations and further
footage of Stephen Hajducki who is a member of the Trust.
Myles and Stewart Stevenson
Smith and Stewart Stevenson
On 12 March
2009, as part of the Scottish Government's Scottish Awards for Quality
in Planning, Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure
and Climate Change presented certificates to two students for their
entries in the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust Student Awards'
Scheme for 2008-2009.
This year entries
were received from students studying Architecture, Geography, Town
Planning and interestingly, for the first time, from a student doing
a Master of Literature degree at the School of Humanities at Crichton
University Campus. Five awards were made and the Trustees at the
awards' ceremony, held at the Hub were delighted to meet and congratulate
those students who were able to attend the ceremony.
1 award (course work reflecting Geddes principles) went to Mike
Smith of Crichton University for his collection of poems on "All
things are connected". Man's endless and intricate relationship
with nature and his desire to understand it better are captured
in elegant and evocative language.
2a (award for best undergraduate dissertation) the judges decided
to recognise the work of two students: Clare Gillespie of the Geography
Department at Edinburgh University for her dissertation on "The
Leptogenic Environment: to what extent can an affluent area be considered
to reduce the risk of obesity for all its residents" and Keith
McGregor of the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde University
for his work on "The significance of the vernacular as a learning
tool: an investigation into the role of the highland vernacular
on the development and progression of Rural Scotland." The
first dissertation highlighted the significance of social, economic
and environmental factors in influencing levels of obesity (or lack
of it) in a local neighbourhood. The second emphasised the need
to respect the relevance of the built heritage in fostering new
forms of development that were appropriate and sustainable.
2b (award for best postgraduate dissertation) the judges commended
the entry from Allana Hughes of the School of Architecture at the
University of Dundee on "The perceived and actual forces shaping
the distinctive character of Islands' Architecture." This extensive
and detailed work investigated the character and form of buildings
on the island of Rum and produced a "pattern book" for
the key to be taken into account to achieve development compatible
with the island's past and its prospects for the future.
3 award (best first year student) went to Claire Myles of the Department
of Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University. Claire submitted
an essay on "Patrick Geddes has been described as the father
of Town Planning. Review his work and discuss how his ideas have
contributed to the development of British planning practice."
The judges considered that she had captured succinctly the life,
work and influence of Patrick Geddes on the development of the British
plan led system.
warmly congratulate all five prize winners and are most grateful
to those universities which submitted entries. All of the work received
was of a high standard. Our thanks go to the Scottish Government
for their continuing kind support in letting us join their national
awards' ceremony and also to The Economic Development Investment
Group, for their ongoing financial support.