Innovative concepts and projects across Central Scotland are invited to enter a competition to win up to £5,000 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Ideas Fund 2016.

Now in its fourth year, the CSGN Ideas Fund supports the development of pioneering greenspace and green infrastructure projects, from concepts in their early stages of research, scoping and feasibility to those further on in the design process which are ready to transform their vision into reality with project development, testing or delivery.

To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, applicants to the 2016 Fund should have a creative professional at the heart of the development or delivery of the idea which must make a positive contribution to greenspace or green infrastructure in the region.

Entries should be submitted by 12noon on 6 June 2016 and three shortlisted projects will go forward for presentation at this year’s CSGN Forum, which is set to take place in Glasgow on 21 June 2016 and will look at the pivotal role of artists and designers in creating vibrant places for people to live and enjoy.

The sixth annual CSGN Forum will feature contributions from acclaimed designers, architects and artists from across the globe including urban design champion, Wayne Hemingway, international landscape architect, Andrew Grant, and Copenhagen-based architect, René Sommer Lindsay.

Held jointly with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) the conference will focus on how artists, architects and designers can help communities, businesses and educational institutions to make or regenerate liveable places.

Representatives of the three shortlisted Ideas Fund projects will be invited to present their proposals and answer questions from the audience at the Forum.  Conference delegates will then vote for their favourite concept and the winner will be awarded up to £5,000 to develop their project.   

The decision on the value of funding will be made by Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust after the conference, depending on the viability and costs to take the project forward. 

Keith said:  “As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, we aim to support organisations in delivering the green network on the ground.  The CSGN Ideas Fund is an excellent platform which encourages creativity in greenspace and green infrastructure thinking and we’re looking forward to seeing what this year’s entries bring.” 

The winner of the CSGN Ideas Fund 2015 was Buglife Scotland which was awarded £5,000 for its John Muir Way Pollinator Vision which aimed to work with communities to conserve wild pollinator populations including bees, hoverflies and butterflies along the John Muir Way.  The two runners up were Greenspace Scotland for its Young Place Changers project and the Oat Library initiative by award-winning artist studio NADFLY, which were each awarded £2,500 to progress their concepts.

The Oat Library by NADFLY aims to lend the rural experience to the city.  Pocket fields of oats would grow in urban neighbourhoods and contain sculptural structures that offer a mindful way to immerse yourself amongst the crop.  When the oats are harvested, the bounty would be shared with the city through a huge communal breakfast in George Square, the civic and cultural field at the centre of Glasgow.

The Oat Library concept is high-impact public work that embraces a large audience in engaging with the future of shared urban space.  It considers how to design public areas to facilitate community cooperation, and addresses the fundamental questions of how to make urban growing more possible in a city with an industrial legacy. 

Find out more about the CSGN Ideas Fund.

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