The Trust's awards'
scheme seeks to promote interest in and understanding of Geddes principles.
It invites participation by students in Planning, Architectue, Geography
and Environmental Studies
attending Scottish universities. Monetary prizes up to £100
are awarded under three main categories.
· To raise interest in and awareness of the Patrick Geddes
principle of "Place, Work, Folk"
· To promote the importance of place and its relevance to-day
· To identify examples of distinctive and sustainable places
in which to live and work
· To embed Geddes thinking in the basic training of planners
and of those in related disciplines.
· Undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Planning,
Architecture, Geography, Geosciences or Environmental Sciences at
a Scottish university.
· Category 1 An award for a piece of course work reflecting
the Geddes principle of
"Place, Work, Folk"
· Category 2(a) An award for the best dissertation by an
undergraduate student reflecting some aspect
of the Geddes principle
· Category 2(b) An award for the best dissertation by a postgraduate
student reflecting the Geddes
· Category 3 An award for the best first year undergraduate
· Category 1 submissions may be made by Departmental nomination,
or by a student directly
· Category 2 submissions should be by Departmental nomination
· Category 3 submissions should comprise one nomination only
by each Department on behalf of an
· Any format is acceptable for Category 1 and Category 3
entries provided it is manageable and
presentable for consideration by the panel of judges. Any supporting
/illustrative material should
preferably be in the form of images on CD-Rom in jpeg format with
image resolution of at least 300dpi.
· Category 2 entries will comprise copies of dissertations
as submitted for graduate and
· Previous academic year and winter term/semester of the
current academic year.
· An independent panel of judges will be appointed by the
Trust to whom recommendations will be
made on the awards under all categories.
· Final decisions on the awards under each Category rest
with the Patrick Geddes Trust.
· Category 1 £100
· Categories 2 (a) and 2 (b) £100 each
· Category 3 £50
The closing date for entries this year will be 19 November 2010.
The Scottish Government have kindly supported the Trust's awards
scheme since its inception by agreeing that we can join their Scottish
Awards for Quality in Planning ceremony. This is planned for 10
March 2010 at the Hub, Edinburgh.
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Left: Scott Abercrombie
Above: Sarah Hamilton
Left: Angus Cowie
of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust Awards Scheme for 2010-2011
On 10 March 2011, as part of the Scottish Government's Scottish
Awards for Quality in Planning, John Swinney, MSP, Cabinet Secretary
for Finance and Sustainable Growth presented certificates to the
winning entries in the Sir Patrick Geddes Student Awards scheme
This year the
entries were received from architectural students all of which fell
in category 2 of the competition. Because of the range and quality
of the entries the panel of judges decided exceptionally to make
all of the awards in this category, with one in category 2a and
four in category 2b.
2a award (best undergraduate dissertation reflecting some aspect
of Geddes principles) went ot Scott Abercrombie, Architecture Department,
Strathclyde University for his work entitled "Food and the
City. Can Glasgow's future be influenced by Cuba's past? He used
the model of urban farming in Cuba to explore the scope for transferring
such an approach to Glasgow city. The judges felt this was a bold
attempt to address the global issue of food production through local
action illustrating well the Geddes maxim of "Think global,
Act local" and suggesting that there could be benefits for
Glasgow in terms of economic activity, well being and environmental
2b (best postgraduate dissertation reflecting some aspect of Geddes
principles) the judges awarded four prizes, all to students from
the MSc Architectural Conservation course at the School of Architecture,
Edinburgh College of Art. The first award went to Angus Cowie, the
second to Michael MacDonagh, the third to Sarah Hamilton and the
fourth to Victoria Webster.
warmed to the work of Angus Cowie entitled, "The influence
of Patrick Geddes on Professor Percy Johnston-Marshall" This
focused on the latter's efforts to apply Geddesian thinking in his
work on the redevelopment plans for the university of Edinburgh
on the south side of the city. Angus showed a clear understanding
of Geddes and the difficulties encountered in reconciling that approach
with the social, economic and institutional pressures of the day
in a live project.
In his work
on "Finding new uses for Irish Demesnes: issues of authenticity
and integrity" Michael MacDonagh described the historical context,
development and decline of demesnes and how over time attitudes
towards them changed opening up the scope for their conservation.
He addressed the fundamental questions as to whether and how it
may be possible to identify acceptable alternative uses for demesnes
notwithstanding strong pressures for radical change and break up
of demesne lands.
work on "Glasgow's School Board Heritage: the challenge of
conservation" provided a comprehensive survey and assessment
of Glasgow's rich heritage of school buildings their history, distinctive
features and treatment over the years. The judges were most impressed
with the thoroughness of this work and the persuasive way in which
Sarah argued the case for ways in which this resource of past identity
could be adapted to future usefulness provided the will and resources
exist to conserve at least some of them.
dissertation "The (avant-garde) Architecture of Peter Womersley:
a technical appraisal of the architect's endeavour for aesthetic
advancement and an approach to conserving his work" explored,
in the first part, the architect's efforts to combine the use of
new techniques, technology and materials to produce buildings of
aesthetic form. The second part looked at the maintenance problems
of such new forms with particular refence to the Nuffield Transplant
Unit at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. While acknowledging
the inspiration and aesthetic qualities of many of Womersley's public
buildings, Victoria brought out the maintenance and conservation
difficulties that have arisen in conserving them, and also offering
interesting insights into the views of his clients and contemporaries.
The Trust is
indebted to the Scottish Government for their continuing support
in letting us participate in their national awards ceremony and
thank those universties that particpated in this year's competition
The Trust is also pleased to congratulate the students and their
course leaders on the excellent, varied and interesting work submitted.
are pleased at the continuing level of interest in their awards'
scheme and most grateful to all those universities that submitted
entries. The work received varied from the regional to the local
scale and was of a particularly 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 our sponsors,
The Economic Development Investment Group, for their financial support.