Farr Conversations Event: Landscape & (Re)Settlement, Baillie Baillie Architects


This event was organised by Farr Conversations with an exhibition and talk from Baillie Baillie Architects. The project ‘Landscape & (Re)Settlement/Cruth-tìre & (Ath)tuineachadh’ was initially conceived of as a collaboration with Community Land Scotland for the Architecture Fringe 2017. I gave a talk giving context to the event and highlighted some of the current work as a creative response to the Land Question/Ceist An Fhearainn in the Highlands.

“In Scotland, scatterings of small informally planned townships, perhaps best described by the Gaelic word ‘clachan’, once supported vibrant communities with a rich heritage and culture across much of the mountainous highlands. However this now sparsely populated landscape has become commonly regarded as a romanticised ‘wilderness’. By studying the clachan as a typology, might its characteristics be reinterpreted in order to inform and legitimise future resettlement?”

The round-back cottages clung to the earth like long animals whose folded heads were always to the mountain. Lying thus to the slopes they were part of the rhythm of the land itself...There were little herds of these cottages at long intervals, and every now and then a cottage by itself like a wandered beast...
— Neil Gunn (Butcher’s Broom)
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