Malcolm Fraser, Architect

MalcolmFraserBig "Edinburgh was one of the most active volcanic places in Europe. There is a sense of constant transformation about it all. James Hutton, one of the giants of the Enlightenment period said what geology told us is that 'we find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.' During the Ice Age glaciers swept west, broke round the old volcanic plugs and left rubble behind – and it is that rubble that gave the Old Town its shape and unique layout, with its wide high street and the narrow closes that come off it. The topography, the shape of the town, had implications for people and buildings. Unlike England, where cities had different areas for the upper classes and the working classes, in Edinburgh the social classes lived closer together...

Read the full interview in The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh


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