A CO-DESIGN + LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
HERE+NOW is a landscape architecture studio specialised in co-design. We offer an experienced team of place-makers, landscape architects, urban designers, photographers and film-makers, who are all passionate about making places better. In all our work we put people at the heart of place and design.
Through co-design workshops, live design sessions, exhibitions and participatory events we listen to the end user throughout the design process to combine their local knowledge with our design expertise. The output is more resilient, improved design which we visually document through film, photography and the creation of graphics to give voice to the process and share its outputs.
What makes HERE+NOW different from other landscape architecture and design studios is that we re-invest all profits into delivering more positive impact on community and social good projects.
We use engagement tools including Walkabouts (taking people outside to reimagine their local places), PEP Talks (community events translating ideas into action), Live Design (prototyping and piloting) and Hold Me Dear (using photography to reveal and share local people's opinions and aspirations about their local places) to feed into our design process. We combine this with our understanding of the landscape and context to create a robust design process.
We work with design and people to deliver positive change for places. Turning ideas into action. Making a difference HERE+NOW.
Testimonials and Awards
"HERE+NOW provides a high quality, efficient and professional service that is mindful of the commercial realities placed on the industry. 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. They 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.
"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 were recently awarded the 2016 Scottish Design Award for Regeneration for their Hold Me Dear exhibition in Rodney St tunnel and the overall Chairman's Award for Architecture 2016. Thanks to all who have supported us in achieving this - we are both thrilled and humbled.
In awarding the Chairman's Award for Architecture 2016, Heinz Richardson of Jestico + Whiles commented:
"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."