UrbanPioneers is a Landscape Architecture and Art practice based in Edinburgh, Scotland which specialises in projects with socio-political background and aspires to inspire change. Landscape Architects Edinburgh


War Zone Creatives

May 24, 2017

Selected by the List as TOP PICK for the Architecture Fringe!

‘War Zone Creatives’ is an exhibition initiated by UrbanPioneers, in collaboration with Omar Mohammad, as part of The Architecture Fringe with its provocation ‘Infrastructure’.

Generally speaking Infrastructure is associated with facilities and systems that are essential for our everyday living and which everyone takes for granted. It refers to physical structures and facilities such as roads, bridges, public transport network, buildings, water supply, electrical grids, and telecommunications. As (landscape) architects, engineers, designers or artists these systems are often part of our work. We design them, amend them, incorporate them. ‘War Zone Creatives’ investigates how our work, and life, is affected, changed and questioned when one the essential parts of our society, infrastructure, has been partial or fully destroyed.

St Mary’s Cathedral
Palmerston Place
Edinburgh EH12 5AW

Exhibition Opening
WED 05 July 2017  6.30pm

Exhibition Opening Times
MON – SAT 9am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm
SUN 12pm – 3pm

This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Centurion Signs and PARAGON Service Point

War Zone Creatives – Film Nights

May 24, 2017

As part of our ‘War Zone Creatives’ exhibition UrbanPioneers presents the works of Australian artist and filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize winner, George Gittoes, who examines the effects of injustice and global conflict.

13, 14, 18 July 2017

£5 / £2.50 cons

A trilogy of three documentaries consisting of ‘Miscreants of Taliwood’ (2009), ‘Love City Jalalabad’ (2013) and ‘Snow Monkey’ (2015) will be shown over three nights.

Two films of the trilogy ‘Love City Jalalabad’ and ‘Snow Monkey’ have been shown at major festivals such as IDFA in Amsterdam and Sheffield in the UK and have won Awards including the NY Film Festival, Salem FF (US) and Bologna in Italy and have been finalists in major festivals like Asia Pacific, Sydney, Melbourne and various in Scandinavia and Europe.


Kirkcaldy Green Infrastructure Masterplan

April 17, 2017

UrbanPioneers have recently been commissioned to develop a green infrastructure and regeneration strategy for the post-industrial Pathhead area in Kirkcaldy. The strategy will be build on the outcomes identified in the 2014 Charrette and developed through a creative and pro-active engagement process with the community and stakeholders.

Eigg Community Trust

April 17, 2017

We are delighted to be working on two exciting projects for the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. In collaboration with Sam Forster Architects we are currently investigating options for a new community hub offering a warm welcome to the Island for visitors and providing a new social heart to it’s community.

The same team is also preparing proposals for new affordable housing for islanders. The chosen site provides views back to the mainland as well as to the iconic An Sgurr. We are delighted to be able to assist with the careful integration of much needed affordable housing into this sensitive and outstanding landscape.

High Valleyfield Entrance, Fife

March 22, 2017

High Valleyfield lies within the early 19th century designed landscape, which was the only Scottish commission of Humphry Repton, with only few remnants of it remaining today. The mining village was established within this landscape to house local miners and their families working at the nearby Valleyfield Colliery.

The entrance to High Valleyfield consists of two greenspaces on either side of the road into the town. Commemorating the miner’s heritage as well as the designed landscape UrbanPioneers prepared concept designs that celebrate both aspects as well as enhancing its aesthetics and biodiversity.

Dyce PS, Aberdeen

February 24, 2017

A new year, a new school! Dyce School and its Parent Council are looking for playground improvements that allow for integrated play between different ages as well as mobilities.

Up to now we have engaged with pupils and staff to find out how they currently use their spaces and what they would like to do outdoors in the future.

These engagement events are integral to our work. We use them to unlock stories and ideas from the pupils but also getting a feeling for the school environment and relationships between each other.

Over the next months we will be developing concept designs taking into account the wider setting (Dyce airport, transport and oil sector links) and the ideas from pupils and staff (climbing elements, unicorn petting zoo, wishing fountain…)

Linksview House/ Coatfield Lane

February 9, 2017

In Collaboration with Collective Architecture UrbanPioneers are currently investigating the options for the redevelopment of Coatfield Lane, the re-design of the adjacent greenspace as well as enhancement of surrounding routes together with lighting and soft and hard landscaping.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 16, 2016


We would like to thank our clients, collaborators and contractors for
another delightful year.

It has been a great pleasure
working with all of you!

We look forward to 2017 with ongoing projects as well as new opportunities.

We wish you, your family and friends,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

As UrbanPioneers we create resilient landscapes dealing with the impacts of climate change. This years Christmas card features green infrastructure planting within the Perth Food and Drink Park creating new habitats and supporting the economic performance of the park.

Photo: © Tina Norris

Design Guide Launch

November 30, 2016


We are pleased to announce the launch of these three publications! Together with INCH architecture and Graphical House we developed design guidance on how existing housing can be remodeled to meet the needs for older people. These guides have been commissioned by Trust Housing Association and North Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The guides have been featured in Scottish Construction Now!

The Elephant Cage, Portsmouth

November 28, 2016


This ‘Elephant Cage’, organised by Project Compass and Architektuur lokaal, was held as a competitive design workshop in Portsmouth, with 3 architects, 3 landscape architects and 3 engineers each from the UK and The Netherlands. Marion was one of the selected participants developing ideas on coastal defences, resilient public realm and infrastructure which could create solutions for cities worldwide vulnerable to coastal flooding.

The next stage of the Elephant Cage will be held in March 2017, visiting similar projects in The Netherlands and presenting the schemes developed in Portsmouth.

Image: Dancing Coastline

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