City Garden event at Central Library

New PictureThe City Garden Project is a proposed urban greenspace project to improve the quality and quantity of ‘little green spaces’ across Edinburgh. So much space in the city is under used, from grass-desert parks to concrete traffic islands, the forgotten shoreline to featureless street
corners; this project is about revealing their potential for creative and green space uses!

City GardenCome along to the Central Lending Library on 30 September any time between 12 noon and 3pm and meet the team from HERE + NOW, the landscape and design studio behind the City Garden project. You’ll be able to see examples of their previous projects and find out more about the City Garden idea. Most of all they’d love you to share your ideas for a City Garden Project and how you’d like to activate unused spaces. You will be able to mark places which could be a potential City Garden you know of on a map. This can be everything from a vacant or abandoned area to a neglected street corner.

Why not drop-in and help make Edinburgh an even greener city!

 

Queensferry Crossing

Transport Scotland have kindly shared their simply spectacular photographs of the Queensferry Crossing project with us.

These stunning pictures show the construction work and development of the Queensferry Crossing as it emerges out of the Forth. The pictures document the progress of the bridge building project and date from 2014 to present.

Enjoy the full online exhibition on Capital Collections.

You can also find out more about the Queensferry Crossing project and history from the Forth Bridges website.

With huge thanks to Transport Scotland for allowing us to put these fantastic images online.

Get Up and Go Awards 2016

Get Up and Go Awards 2016

The Get Up and Go Awards celebrate those truly remarkable individuals and groups who devote huge amounts of time and energy towards making older people’s lives better.

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If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them in one of the following categories:

Product/s and /or Service/s that make a difference – a product or service that is particularly appreciated by older people.

Outstanding Contribution – an individual/s, who has made a difference to the older population in your community.

Winners receive a Crystal award and highly commended receive a framed certificate at the awards ceremony – which also sees the launch of the Get Up and Go programme. This will be held on Thursday 13th October 2016, at Meadowbank Stadium, Hall 4, London Road, Edinburgh at 1.30pm.

Download a nomination form.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 23rd September 2016

Welcome World and goodbye Festival 2016

As the Festival draws to a close for another year, here’s a chance to relive the Deep Time spectacular that kicked off the Edinburgh International Festival programme in dazzling style just 3 weeks ago.

 

View all the amazing pictures on Capital Collections.

Vitruvius Scoticus – a Scottish classic from our special collections

We’re celebrating our architectural collections in VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

In the 1720s foremost Scottish architect of his time, William Adam (1689-1748) started planning his publication of Vitruvius Scoticus. He aimed to present a collection of architectural drawings illustrating examples of his own classical building style and that of his contemporaries.

Vitruvius Scoticus was started and named in response to the Scottish architect and architectural writer Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus published 1715-1725. Vitruvius Scoticus was finally published in 1812 by William Adam’s grandson William Adam of Blair Adam (1751-1839), and contains 160 plates, including 100 of Adam’s own designs.

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William Adam was the leading architect in Scotland, designing and building numerous country houses and public buildings during the early C18th.

Among his best known works are Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, and Duff House in Banff. His individual, exuberant style built on the Palladian style, but with Baroque details inspired by Vanbrugh and Continental architecture.

Vitruvius Scoticus continues to remain a reference for many an architect and architectural historian documenting the early development of a classical style in Scotland.

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To request to view Vitruvius Scoticus email central.artanddesign.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel 0131 242 8040 – appointments only.

A facsimile copy of Vitruvius Scoticus is also available to consult in the Art & Design Library without an appointment.

For more information on William Adam search the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Myplace: Edinburgh Competition

There are still a few days left to enter the MyPlace: Edinburgh competition.  For inspiration here are some of the entries so far.

David Hume Tower in twilight

David Hume Tower in twilight

Union Canal Edinburgh

Steal Softly Thru Snow

Statue in Garden

Frozen in green

From Blackford Hill

From Blackford Hill

See all the entries in the MyPlace: Edinburgh scrapbook on Edinburgh Collected

Terms and Conditions

The photographs you add are your own work
2 Agree to Edinburgh Collected Terms and Conditions
3 Place or building must be within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary
4 Add the tag ‘competition16’  to your memory to enter the competition
5 Closing date for entries Sunday 10 July

There is still time to visit the Edinburgh Pavilion at the Pop-Up Cities Expo until 17thJuly to see some of the entries!  Follow us at #popupedin

 

Putting Edinburgh fiction on the map

0ef96b_f8066bbc8e654f43b201425532700a0eLesley Kelly’s brand new thriller ‘A fine house in Trinity‘ features cameos from not one, but TWO of Edinburgh’s libraries within its 288 pages.

McDonald Road and Leith Library both make an appearance, but to find out why and how, you’ll have to read the book for yourself!  Check it out in either hardcopy or ebook format.

‘A fine house in Trinity’ is the newest addition to our Edinburgh Reads Map of books set in our city. Take a look to find out which novels are set in your neighbourhood, and be sure to let us know of any we might have missed!