Edinburgh Exchanges 1: Field/Work in the Archive

Suzanne Ewing (Designer)

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Edinburgh Exchanges 1 : City Exchange Proposals

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture MA Year 4 Architecture students have researched, drawn and speculated alterations to Edinburgh’s original Royal Exchange building, High Street (William Adam, 1754) as part of a Design Studio DO2.4 which ran from January to April 2012.

This book of City Exchange Proposals resulting from the studio’s work is returned to the City Archive for public access.

Two ‘display’ cabinets in the Arcade,“Ten shops on a line with the street”, and “An open for letting in light to the houses...under the level of the Square”, brought some of the findings from the archive and studio back to the site for a short period in June 2012. These tell a selective story of the building’s contract, and of the building, altering, filling and unfilling of the space of this Arcade from Luckenbooths’ neighbour to two-level shops to film set to City Chambers ceremonial passage, and stories of routes and passages through and across the building and the site, which is a typical piece of Edinburgh’s extraordinary urban topography. Some original drawings of the Exchange(s) studio project and an installation of Disclosing History: Edinburgh Close-ups were installed in the g_a_p gallery, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh,for the same duration. An associated Symposium, Edinburgh Exchanges 1 with a focus on The City as Archive (for proposals) and Field/work in the Archive (for design), took place in The Urban Room, CEC, Market Street on Monday 25 June 2012, with experts from historic building and urban research organisations, heritage management, the City council and architectural designers and historians from the Edinburgh school of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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