Due to popular demand, the archaeologist Joss Durnan will rerun his free walking tour Irvine New Town: Scotland’s Lost Utopia, in Irving on Saturday, 12 October 2019, and hold a lecture on the same subject matter in Edinburgh, for Docomomo Scotland, on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, at The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, (preceded by the Annual General Meeting of Docomomo Scotland, see Docomomo Scotland’s article).
Irvine was Scotland’s fifth New Town, and is the only New Town in the United Kingdom located by the seaside. As a New Town, Irvine pioneered a number of visionary ideas and built on the innovations of its predecessors. And yet, largely forgotten by architects, planners, and historians, its significance is taken for granted today. In the town itself, uttering the letters “IDC” is often met with revulsion. What happened to the bold vision of the future that Irvine Development Corporation sought to create for Irvine, and how do the fragments of their dream hold up to scrutiny 50 years on?
For more details on the walking tour and to book free tickets, please visit Joss Durnan’s Eventbrite page.
Details and tickets for the free Edinburgh lecture are available on Docomomo Scotland’s Eventbrite page.