Architecture and Castleview Primary
A collaboration involving the University’s Architecture department, several small businesses and Castleview Primary School culminated in June as a wall made by concrete panels designed and cast by Primary 7 pupils was launched at the school in Craigmillar.
The project is based on the award winning Fabric Formed Concrete technique developed by Professor Remo Pedreschi and research on Primary School design by Fiona McLachlan, Head of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. After learning about architecture in the classroom, the pupils were welcomed to the University’s workshop to develop their own designs and cast the panels, assisted by Architecture students and staff. Pupils speaking at the launch event said the project had made them realise buildings don’t need to be boring and that materials can fascinate and be interesting. They added that this had been the most memorable project in their seven years at school.
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and local MSP, Kenny MacAskill attended the event.
I am delighted to see the great work done by the children and am deeply grateful for the input from Remo and the University. It is of lasting benefit to the school and of everlasting benefit to the particular children involved.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice and local MSP
Headteacher, Lindsey Robertson also praised the work of the children and the collaboration with the University and said the wall is now a landmark in Craigmillar.
This article was published on Feb 22, 2012