Valley Project

Description: The Valley Project is an exploration of Patrick Geddes valley section as a tool for analysis and speculation of urban landscapes. Extending beyond what Geddes termed ‘natural occupations’, the project proposes that the framework of the valley section be adapted to analyse other relations with land, from historic forms to future urbanisations.

Model 1 of the Valley Project maps relations across a Highland landscape, including processes of making whisky, from spring, hills, fields, stills, and bars. Within the model are tiny vials of whisky that give presence to the products of the valley along with Geddes’ triad of place, work, and folk. The model furthers research first presented – including whisky tastings – at an International Design Workshop with Politecnico di Milano and Tunghai University in a collaboration with LabMS (Laboratorio Misura e Scala della Città Contemporanea) and the Taiwan Food Culture Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015.

The project has been published in Architectural Design (AD), Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute, Landscape Australia: Design Urbanism and Planning, and FWD>Thinking.

Date: 2019 – ongoing
Credits: Ed Wall, Emma Colthurst
Thanks: Antonella Contin