Climate Action Relay Initiative Upcoming Events

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25th Oct 2021
Indestructible Language Mary Ellen Carroll

Ahead of COP26 Keppie are proud to be hosting the following Climate Action Relay events. Join us as we discuss a variety of events including Glasgow’s Wee Forests, an adaptive strategy for future healthcare environments and the bold new art work by Mary Ellen Carroll.

Glasgow’s Wee Forests – climate proof, nature friendly urban spaces

Presented by Kieran Dick Doyle, Architect – 27th October 16:30 (online session)

‘Tiny Forests is a powerful urban re-greening solution that mitigates the impacts of climate change at street level, improves urban biodiversity and brings communities together to learn about, and participate in, the fight against the climate crisis. Find out what’s being done and how you can help.’

Glasgow's Wee Forests

NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital: an adaptive strategy for future healthcare environments

Presented by David Ross, Design Director – 28th October 16:30 (online session)

‘On 11 March 2020, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) was classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic. The urgent international response resulted in governments around the world introducing a series of measures to protect public health, to reduce the peak of the infection and to increase the capacity of existing medical infrastructure. As part of the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic a temporary hospital was considered, to be delivered by the Scottish Government in conjunction with NHS National Services Scotland (NHSNSS). The resultant hospital – known as the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital – is a step-down facility for patients recovering from COVID-19. It is a fully operational 1000+ bed hospital, conceived and delivered within the existing SEC buildings in only 23 days. David Ross explains how the lessons learned from this project could have far-reaching implications for the design of future healthcare environments.’

NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital future strategy for healthcare

Indestructible Language: a public work of art and call to action at COP26 Glasgow

Guest Speaker Mary Ellen Carroll (MEC, studios) – 29th October 16:30 (online session)

‘Indestructible Language is a large scale public work of art and call to action. It is a philosophical starting point for the public to commit to thinking acts on the climate emergency, the ‘existential crisis’ our lifetime.

This work of art consists of 3 meter high illuminated neon characters that spell out the phrase: IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK by the conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll. Mary Ellen Carroll will explain how the installation explores the random nature of language and meaning, as a continuous loop that one can enter at various points, and the manner in which global warming can be made visible and comprehensible as a sign. The talk coincides with the unveiling of the physical installation in Glasgow on 30th October at 7 pm (GMT+1) on the eve of the opening of the COP26 Climate Summit.’

Indestructible Language Mary Ellen Carroll