towards a navigation of the edge



“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head.” 


Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, 1883



The vision on the part of the Edinburgh city council and planning authorities is that the city will expand into its port as the docks of Leith are gradually de-commissioned. Three major development companies have been engaged, Forth Ports plc, Waterfront Edinburgh, Second Site. Each respective company has drawn up a masterplan, and has worked towards its realization.  At a strategic level I have identified of the need for an exploration and the development of a project which takes a more holistic approach to the consideration of  Edinburgh’s Water - Front - Coastal - Edge - Sea - Side - Shore - Line leading to the study towards a navigation of the edge.

The study takes into consideration of the existing masterplans and focuses upon the following lines of research;

Highlight the enormous change which is taking place in both the real and imagined landscape of Edinburgh’s Coastline addressing issues of perceived physical and emotional ownership of the waters edge.

Investigate and create connections between the prospective population of the new developments and the existing communities whose neighbourhoods are historically set back from the shore.                         

Examine existing routes and accessibility along the coastal edge, identifying abandoned, disregarded zones and realise the potentials for the creation of accessible public, non commercial, active places on the waterfront.