American students give Aberdeen council bosses architecture ideas

31/05/19 Architecture Studenrts from University of South Florida
L-R Derek Haddox, Councillor Marie Boulton, Professor Josue Robles, Professor of Architecture, Georgina Gotsis, Marquessa Pichette,
31/05/19 Architecture Studenrts from University of South Florida L-R Derek Haddox, Councillor Marie Boulton, Professor Josue Robles, Professor of Architecture, Georgina Gotsis, Marquessa Pichette,

American students have travelled across the Atlantic to give their thoughts on the future of a former Aberdeen fishing base.

The city council hosted postgraduate architecture students from University of South of Florida (USF) during a two-week visit.

They were tasked with exploring the idea of turning the former fish packing district in the North Dee into a new business quarter as part of the city centre masterplan.

Working in groups, the 11 students presented their ideas, which included turning old fish houses into offices and a new pedestrian bridge, to council officers and the Aberdeen City Heritage Trust.

Planning convener Marie Boulton said: “Aberdeen has always been international in its outlook and it was fascinating to have a different perspective on our city centre.

“At the same time, it was heartening that the emerging themes – better pedestrian linkages, making use of our heritage and natural assets – reflect some of the core thinking in the masterplan.”

Professor Josue Robles from USF said: “Students from the university have the occasion to work in a real professional context, asking the right questions to the right people in order to find urban design solutions for problematic issues present in a real context.

“The international character of this collaboration is the most powerful aspect and offers new points of view and different perspectives to approach local urban problems.”

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