My empathy walk for Global ULab – September 24rth 2015.
I left my Edinburgh workplace and headed for Arthur’s Seat:-
I pondered on the inspired perceptions of the Scottish Parliament designer Enric Miralles (1955-2000).
“Parliament belongs to Scotland. It originates from the sloping base of Arthur’s Seat and arrives in the heart of the city almost out of the rock.”
“The parliament is a form in people’s mind, it is a mental place. We have a feeling that the building should be land…built out of land to carve in the land the form of gathering people.”
“The land offers an amphitheatre: rock, soil, social formation from Arthur’s Seat to the city……the land itself will be the foundation the source material out of which a building will emerge.”
”A building emerging out of the land like a leaf”
“The place where the people of this land gather….”
People sit in the land, citizens, sitting, resting beside members of parliament thinking, witnessing their MPs creating a new democracy.
“The Queensberry house and garden will work as a protected cloister….where members of parliament will find place for rest, for informal discussion, walking and a place for meditation.”