Students on the Advanced Sustainable Design – MSc programme are currently holding their second exhibition in Galashiels, entitled After the Railway.
It is part of a two-year project that looks at a town on the cusp of change. The opening of the Borders Railway to Tweedbank not only transforms physical communications but also makes for a step change in the mind-set of local communities in seeing commercial and cultural opportunity.
The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) programme engages with social and economic futures that look beyond design as counting carbon. In response, the projects focus on issues as diverse as water treatment, transforming a supermarket and starter units for high-value textile manufacturing.
Many of the themes for the exhibition grew from community consultations and workshops earlier in the year. They were then developed in a series of stages from broad themes based around two new railway stations to more detailed design of buildings, infrastructure and community education.
The exhibition runs until 7th June 2016 at Galashiels Library, and is part of the Resilient Borders Project.