Hollie Middleton

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Having studied Illustration for a year before beginning my Interior Design undergraduate degree, I am particularly interested in the intersections between creative disciplines. I sought to explore these boundaries in my final year project –
a post-war architecture archive and community campaign centre – by drawing upon Brechtian set design theory to develop a concept and scheme responding to social issues prevalent in architecture and design.

The past decade has seen several major UK cities evolve in a particular way: with soaring rent, an influx of Airbnbs, and the seemingly perennial construction of purpose-built student accommodation. Edinburgh has had its fair share of all of the above, in addition to the purported threat to its UNESCO World Heritage site in the wake of the recent, controversial £1 billion St James retail-leisure development.

A lesser acknowledged casualty of the private development sector, however, is Edinburgh’s post-war architecture - frequently overlooked in favour of concentrated efforts to maintain the city’s Georgian heritage. The Third Place is dedicated to preserving the history of undervalued Scottish post-war buildings and supporting local communities in standing against the profit-driven homogenisation of Edinburgh’s urban landscape.

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