CO-DESIGN FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
HERE+NOW is an award winning landscape architecture studio specialised in co-design.
We are passionate about designing better places for people and the environment. We offer an experienced team of collaborators in landscape architecture, urban design, place-making research and community engagement. We put people at the heart of place and design.
We approach place design differently. Drawing on our collective experience in practice from Scotland, Australia and the Netherlands to offer a more inclusive, sustainable, ethical approach. Since 2014 HERE+NOW has been demonstrating how participatory design results in places which are enjoyed, respected and valued, while also being easier to manage and cheaper to deliver. HERE+NOW’s clients have included Architecture & Design Scotland, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Edinburgh City Council, EDI, Glasgow City Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, and many local community groups and organisations.
Each year we compile a round-up of our work and activity, to share the impact we’ve had as a Community Interest Company. We are open source and aim to share our tools and projects widely, speak extensively at lectures and conferences, and in doing so hope to change the way built environment professionals approach and design places. HERE+NOW re-invests all profits into community and social good projects.
These annual reviews are available to download below:
"HERE+NOW provides a high quality, efficient and professional service that is mindful of the commercial realities. HERE+NOW has ambition, realism and a smile on their face - truly a pleasure to work with."
Andrew Trigger, Avant Homes
"Marvellous help, wonderful co-operation and a delightful plan for the community garden. HERE+NOW really understood the needs of the garden and were able to create a fabulous design. My ideas became real on paper. So empowering!"
Heather Yang, Newhaven Heritage Community Garden
"HERE+NOW are very approachable. They think differently. They are interested in really getting to grips with the issue and are thorough in their research and planning. They are engaging and inspiring, and make great partners."
Barbie Lyon, Dalry Colonies Residents' Association
"Very professional and unique ideas! Really like your friendly approach." Sheetal Shah, Tiptoes Nursery
"HERE+NOW have brought a fresh perspective to place making in Edinburgh, that keeps people at the heart of all they do. Their proactive approach is inspiring and it has been a pleasure to work with them. HERE+NOW are an inspiring, proactive and extremely professional organisation."
Carol Hayes, GivRum, Denmark.
"I would not hesitate to recommend HERE+NOW. They are extremely enthusiastic, professional, conscientious and lovely people. They completed the work to a very high standard and exceeded our expectations."
Emma Fitzgerald, Planning & Transport, City of Edinburgh Council
"The sensitivity of HERE+NOW's approach is inspiring, they have put the community at the centre of this project in a very meaningful way. From initially hearing about this project, and having attended their community briefing, HERE+NOW's approach to people and place is consistently forward-thinking."
Judith Liddle, Edinburgh Printmakers
The HERE+NOW team was awarded the 2016 Scottish Design Award for Regeneration for their Hold Me Dear exhibition in Rodney St tunnel, and the Scottish Design Awards Chairman's Award for Architecture 2016. This project was also recognised at the Planning & Placemaking Awards 2016 winning the Planning Regional Award (Scotland).
"This project initiated by a small not for profit design studio does much to capture the imagination and zeitgeist of real issues at the heart of regeneration. How people use and engage with spaces is critical to the understanding of the transformative impact of design. Curating an installation and online record of personal and moving reflections of places and memories in a way that encourages engagement and participation in local places is worthy of special recognition. A beautiful and highly relevant project."
Heinz Richardson of Jestico + Whiles, Chairman's Award for Architecture 2016
In addition we were shortlisted for our 2015 HERE+NOW Co-Design Publication in the Landscape Institute Awards 2016.