10 Moments.....

Willie Brown (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


In September 2009, eca hosted the annual IMIAD (International Masters in Interior Architectural Design) Workshop. 50 students and staff from 6 universities converged on Edinburgh for a 2 week project co-authored by Ed Hollis and Willie Brown called 10 Moments in the Cowgate. The students were introduced to the problem of 369 Cowgate, presently a void bounded by ruins after a 3 day fire in 2002 which devastated a dense urban block which had spanned from the Cowgate up to South Bridge. While architects and developers deliberate, the site has been colonised by Edinburgh Festival Fringe every summer since, which a series of temporary bars, venues, gardens all acting as a backdrop for 3 weeks frenzied cultural exchange. This sense of the temporary let to considerations of interior design dictated by time, and on to the project itself, where students were divided into groups and given no specific conditions other than one; Duration. The shortest project for the fire site could last for no more than 5 seconds, the longest for no less than 5 millenia. At the end of the workshop the students were asked to represent their proposals not only in drawings and models, but also in short films. A book was produced cataloguing the projects' you tube addresses. Banners have been produced with a view to holding an exhibition in summer of 2013 at a fringe venue, possibly at Summerhall which is the location for an upcoming parallel project, 10 Moments at Summerhall.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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