Unit 3 focuses on the development of sustainable communities, with a particular interest in the rural and the specific condition of Scotland’s island communities. Motivated by the ambition of the Islands Deal government funding bid, as well as the wider societal challenges resulting from climate change and its multiple implications for future living, the Unit has engaged with the Western Isles Council and other stakeholder groups in developing an agenda for South Uist that is at once imaginative in nature and meaningful in its ambitions.
Building on detailed research into the social, economic, cultural, geographic, and built contexts of the island, the diverse student projects explore how design ideas might contribute to the maintenance and reinforcement of sustainable communities in South Uist, harnessing its unique culture, resources, and sense of place. The work also develops thinking regarding strategic opportunities, whilst being cognisant of aspects of sensitivity and fragility. The work is speculative and hypothetical but seeks to be well-grounded in the realities of contemporary island life while contributing positively to the unique sense of place.
Follow the links below to see a selection of this year’s work.