In advance of the Scottish Independence vote next month, a group of Edinburgh-based architects led by Alasdair Stephen of Dualchas Architects will launch an "Architects for Yes" campaign in support of independence. The campaign, which currently has backing from over 50 architects, states these architects' belief that independence could be a way to "design a new, better Scotland." More about the campaign and the launch ceremony after the break.
Commenting on his reasons for backing the campaign, Malcolm Fraser said: "It feels that, in today’s Britain, my primary responsibility as an architect is to serve Big Business, and that the best I can aspire to is to build big, aggressive towers in London. But I believe, instead, that an architect’s primary responsibility is to society, building places where all of us can share in the wealth of Scotland’s built and natural environment, and that I share that care and concern with many."
Organiser of the Architects for Yes campaign Alasdair Stephen added: "the real opportunity is the chance to help build a fairer, more equal society. I think architects are ideally placed to influence this process. Good housing, safe communities and a wonderful built environment are something we should all enjoy."
The launch ceremony for the campaign will be held on Calton Hill in Edinburgh at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 21st August).