MEETING with KIRKCALDY4ALL – WED 21 MARCH 2012

 POSTCARD DESIGN with URBANDRAW STAMP

POSTCARD DESIGN SPECIFIC TO KIRKCALDY4ALL. THIS WILL BE ONE OF A SERIES OF POSTCARDS WHICH WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDER GROUPS AND FOR DIFFERENT URBAN SITE LOCATIONS, THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SPACES FOR REGENERATION OR RENEWAL.
THIS CARD ASKS THE BOARD MEMBERS OF KIRKCALDY4ALL WHAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL FUTURE VISIONS FOR KIRKCALDY WOULD BE. IT IS HOPED THAT A DESIGN WORKSHOP WITH THIS PARTICULAR STAKEHOLDER GROUP WILL UNCOVER NEW IDEAS, WHICH WILL BE ILLUSTRATED FOR THE MDES PROJECT.

I had a quick meeting with Kirkcaldy4All at their offices on Kirkcaldy High Street.  I met with with Bill Harvey, who has been very supportive of my design thinking  for the MDes Research project. Currently there is a wall display in the Kirkcaldy4All of some of the visual drawings which are the initial propositions based on my design thinking.                The meeting involved some further feedback from Mr Harvey regarding the wall display of my work and he confirmed that a great deal of discussion had taken place between K4A board members and other contacts that are involved in the town centre development in Kirkcaldy.                                                                                                                                                          One of the key elements that was discussed was the possibility for me to develop the design ideas, in the form of  a more detailed illustration, for the promenade idea to create a walking / running / fitness route including design of 100 metre markers, to enable people to calculate how far or how fast they can travel along the promenade.  This a very positive development for my design research project.                                                                I presented a new postcard, which was drawn on Tuesday 20 March, which shows an idea proposition for an elevated boardwalk on the promenade, inspired by the HIGH-LINE RAIL WALKWAY in New York. This idea would need to coordinate with the current plan to redevelop the seawall on the esplanade, using ROCK ARMOUR techniques, which is due to start over the next 2 years. This rock armour installation will involve placing large rocks against the wall as a bastion form to break up the high tide wave formations, which have occasionally led to flooding of the esplanade roadway and buildings located on the edge of the esplanade.

Here is the sketch drawing that was presented at today’s meeting.

PEN SKETCH DRAWING

DRAWN ON TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2012. LINE DRAWING ON A POSTCARD BLANK.
THE IDEA IS TO CONSTRUCT A HIGH LEVEL PROMENADE WALKWAY OR BOARDWALK, WHICH COULD BECOME A REALLY INTERESTING ARCHITECTURAL LANDFORM, UNIQUE TO KIRKCALDY. BY ELEVATING A NEW BOARDWALK, THIS WOULD PROVIDE A BETTER PROTECTION FORM THE HIGH TIDE WAVES and ALONG WITH THE PROPOSED ROCK ARMOUR INSTALLATION, COULD MAKE A FANTASTIC VISITOR EXPERIENCE ENABLING USERS TO HAVE GREAT VISTAS OF THE RIVER FORTH AND KIRKCALDY SANDS, BUT ALSO LET PEOPLE SEE THE KIRKCALDY TOWNSCAPE IN A NEW LIGHT. THE ELEVATED BOARDWALK COULD INCORPORATE A GENTLE UNDULATING FORM TO ADD MORE INTEREST AND A MORE INTERESTING DESIGN SOLUTION.

This drawing will be the inspiration for a more detailed illustration along with relevant and referenced comparisons to reinforce the design development thinking.

Other discussions centred on :

CYCLE HIRE PROPOSALS                                                                                                              with reference to Dumfries and Galloway initiatives along the River Nith.

LINE DRAWN DIAGRAM

SKETCH DIAGRAM IDENTIFYING KIRKCALDY4ALL AS A STAKEHOLDER GROUP AND WOULD BE THE BASIS FOR A DESIGN DISCUSSION WORKSHOP TO GET THE BOARD MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE AND FILL IN THE BLANKS WITH THEIR INDIVIDUAL and COLLECTIVE THINKING.

 

 

Hello Kirkcaldy!

POSTCARDS from . . . . . KIRKCALDY :                                                                          Postcards from. . . . . Kirkcaldy is a Design Research Project that aims to generate a visual collection of drawings and propositions for new ideas within the urban spaces for the town of . . . . . Kirkcaldy.    It is a culmination of design thinking and discussion between  a 3 Dimensional Designer and stakeholders groups who all have different views of the priorities for the future development within the town centre.

POSTCARDS will be used as the basic method of recording and collecting the essential information from the variety of specific stakeholders, which will simply ask for sketches and or written suggestions for some identified urban spaces within Kirkcaldy Town Centre.                                                                                                                                                          Once these postcards have been gathered in and collated, the most innovative ideas will be illustrated by the designer into a final batch of postcards that will be published and exhibited to show how all the design thinking could be developed for future consultation and implementation.  Some ideas may be able to seek out finance from established funding organisations  to enable the design ideas to be developed to the next stage of implementation.

POSTCARDS from . . . . . KIRKCALDY aims to be the catalyst for developing design thinking and collecting a wider range of  opinions and ideas to change Kirkcaldy.

Kirkcaldy deserves to have a vibrant and engaging place for everyone who lives or visits the town.  The town is located on the coast of the River Forth and has a great industrial and cultural history.

However, the town has been built and developed with its back to the waterfront and its esplanade, which negates the potential for developing spaces and access routes to improve public participation within this unique urban landscape.                                                          The town has many good assets, although it has relied on the benefits of being a retailing centre in recent years, but due to the changing economic climate, this has resulted in  a lack of investment or new ideas that could regenerate the town in a different way.

POSTCARDS from……..KIRKCALDY is an opportunity to gather ideas from a wider range of different stakeholders, including key organisations such as :                                             FIFE COUNCIL DEPARTMENTS,  KIRKCALDY4ALL,  KIRKCALDY CIVIC SOCIETY,  GREENER KIRKCALDY,  RETAILERS, PROPERTY AGENTS and DEVELOPERS, STAFF and STUDENTS at ADAM SMITH COLLEGE, LOCAL PRESS PUBLICATIONS and THE GENERAL PUBLIC.                                                                                                                           It is hoped that an integrated approach can be developed which will identify common or similar opinion from these various stakeholder groups, which may result in new , exciting collaborations for future change

POSTCARDS from . . . . . KIRKCALDY is the initial case study, but it is proposed that the same approach can be applied to any other urban situation, any town, village or city area.