57 Degrees North: The Highland House

One of four local events curated for the Archictecture Fringe 2017 co-curated with Andy Summers. Discussion reflected contemporary design practice and on the conditions that influence the traditional vernacular at the latitude 57 degrees north.

Broch / Borg. Blackhouse / Taigh-dubh. Cottage / Both. The Longhouse / Taigh-fada. The Board House / Tigh a' Bhuird. In the Highlands, why do our houses look the way they do? What specific conditions makes housing in Scotland, at 57 degrees North, different from housing elsewhere at this latitude in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia and Russia?

What threads from the past continue to play a role in contemporary Highland architecture and why? What shifts are taking place in current design practice? As we move into the early 21st Century, are there new types of houses emerging in this part of world that take forward the long and ever-evolving way in which we live in this landscape?
With discussion led by architects Rory Flyn of Skye-based Dualchas Architects and Ben Addy of Crathie-hosted Moxon.

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