Over the past few years, a number of small but noteworthy architectural projects along Norwegian roads have received substantial international attention. Functional objects, such as rest areas, observation platforms and service facilities with exciting shapes and startling solutions, have been placed in quiet harmony or in sharp contrast to the Norwegian landscapes and surroundings, giving each tourist route a special identity.
Scotland’s primary tourist routes offer many similar opportunities to those that have been developed in Norway. The Edinburgh Napier University believe ‘the experience gained in Norway in site identification, design briefing, competition organisation, collaboration between organisations and project financing are all things local authorities and tourism organisations can learn from, and, with political will and determination, apply to Scotland.’
The Edinburgh Napier University’s Forest Products Research Institute will therefore, together with the Royal Consulate in Scotland, hold a one-day conference about the project on the 5 October at the Hub on Edinburgh’s Castlehill.
The key themes of the conference will be the economic, infrastructural, cultural and tourism benefits accrued from the National Tourist Route initiative in Norway and how these can be interpreted and applied in Scotland.
The event, which is aimed at national and local politicians, key decision makers within local authority planning and their peers in tourist authorities and environmental agencies, seeks to stimulate debate on how the ideas generated in Norway can be positively transferred to the Scottish situation, particularly through architectural competition.
Architecture and Design along 18 National Tourist Routes:
A Tourism and Environmental Model for Scotland
5 October: 9am
The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
Book your tickets at the Edinburgh Napier University Online Store