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- Completed: May 2007
- Floor area: 840m2
- Sectors: Public realm, Landscape design
- Total cost: £16,000
- Funding: Funding and donations in kind: Isobel Leckie/Shaeron Averbuch/Art in Architecture/Six Cities Design Festival/City of Edinburgh Council (Community Grants Fund)/Communities Scotland/Scottish Centre for Regeneration (New Ideas/Seeing is Believing)
- Address: West Crosscauseway Association, 1 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9JW, United Kingdom
Temporary transformation of the historic Causey in Edinburgh into a festival space
A joyful project anarchically different to the responsible Modernism of the architect's regular work, The Causey was a temporary public space which turned a traffic island into a place for a weekend festival in May 2007.
The project was part of the Six Cities Design Festival, promoting design and creativity in six Scottish cities. The space itself was exuberant – road signs were converted into palm trees, and a garish pink carpet joined the two sides of the square. But this shouldn’t distract from the simple but literate urbanism on display, creating an authentic church square and bringing its more commercial buildings into play.