57 Degrees North: Huts in Place is an event I organised at Abriachan Forest on Sunday 16th July 2017 as part of Scotland's national Architecture Fringe. Several talks took place throughout the afternoon exploring different aspects of huts and hutting. A show hut was built by local company Northscape as a showcase for the event.
Karen Grant of Reforesting Scotland discussed Scotland's A Thousand Huts Campaign, outlined recent policy and legislation and highlighted the cultural importance of the bothy or hut as a space for creativity. Consultant ecologist Dr Emily Hesling discussed environmental factors to consider when planning a hut build, outlining various steps you can take to ensure that your hut has as little environmental impact as possible. She also reflected on how huts may contribute positively to the local biodiversity in Scotland and elswhere, giving the example of blanket bog.
You can listen to each of the talks below: