Our Mission


SpACE, the Space for Architecture, Carbon and Environment, is a pop-up public exhibition and events venue in Edinburgh that addresses the biggest issue of our time - the climate emergency - and how the built environment affects it. SpACE is for everyone involved with buildings and places, from the general public to professionals, planners, developers, contractors, heritage groups, students and many others.


The opening of SpACE on 1st November 2021 coincides with COP26 in Glasgow, which is already receiving world-wide attention. SpACE will carry on for three weeks after COP26 is over until 4th December and, hopefully, re-open elsewhere in 2022. This pop-up exhibition and events venue is a testbed for the future.


The pop-up SpACE will be located at the old Fire Station on Lauriston Place, next to Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh EH3 9DF.


SpACE is a Scottish Registered Charity run by volunteers and funded by a broad group of public and private sector organisations and individuals. A full list of credits is shown below.

The Exhibition

SpACE is open to the public 11am – 6pm every day, from 1st November to 4th December 2021.

The exhibition is in two major parts. The first section describes the changing climate and the need to greatly reduce our carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings, construction and some aspects of our lifestyles. The second part looks in detail at case-studies of typical Edinburgh buildings, so that visitors can see how their homes, offices and public buildings can be improved to provide a cleaner, healthier, low carbon future. The emphasis is on existing buildings, as these represent the vast majority of carbon emissions, but the case studies also examine new buildings that cater for Edinburgh’s expansion.

The content of the exhibition will be made freely available on our website before it closes. Watch this SpACE for further details.



Throughout the five weeks SpACE is open, a range of public and private events will add to the content of the exhibition through workshops, debates, seminars and networking. Community organisations, designers, contractors, planners, advisory bodies, heritage groups and schools will be among those who use SpACE to increase their understanding of the built environment and the importance of thorough analysis, good design and construction. All events are free to attend and those that are open to the public can be booked through Eventbrite. The venue can accommodate around 60 people seated and some events will also be linked to Zoom.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is running a parallel series of events on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council during COP26. Its website is www.netzeroedinburgh.org

Check back here for a calendar of upcoming events!

All events will conform with the applicable Covid guidance at the time.


Contributors and authors

Ann-Marie Fallon (Architype)
Steven Brown (Arup)
Graeme Gidney (Arup)
Ben Hopkins (Bennetts Associates)
Rab Bennetts (Bennetts Associates)
Chris Murray (CCG Group)
Elizabeth McCarroll (City of Edinburgh Council)
Graham Connor (Cooper Cromar)
Fiona Rankin (Edinburgh World Heritage Trust)
Yann Grandgirard (Edinburgh World Heritage Trust)
Jamie Brogan (Edinburgh Climate Change Institute)
Joanne McClelland (GLM)
Aythan Lewis (GLM)
Roger Curtis (Historic Environment Scotland)
Neil Brady-Campbell (Michael Laird Architects)
Chris Milan (Parabola)
Ewan Anderson (7N Architects)

Funders and ‘in-kind’ donors

Architecture & Design Scotland
Bennetts Associates, Architects
Creative Scotland (Open Lottery Fund)
City of Edinburgh Council, COP26 programme
Cundall, Engineers
Edinburgh Architectural Association
Fiona Rankin
GLM, Surveyors, Architects and Project Managers
Historic Environment Scotland
Oberlanders, Architects
Rab and Denise Bennetts
Reiach & Hall, Architects
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Scottish Government
Sir Robert McAlpine
University of Edinburgh
7N Architects

Design and implementation

Rab Bennetts (Curation)
7N Architects (Exhibition Design)
Submarine (Graphic Design)
Eva Coutts (Copywriter)
Cundall (Services and lighting)
Sir Robert McAlpine (Builder’s work)
Lendlease (Project management support)
University of Edinburgh (Property and support staff)
University of Edinburgh (Furniture and equipment)
Arup (Digital Design)

SpACE Steering Group

Dr Richard Anderson (University of Edinburgh)
Rab Bennetts* (chair) (Bennetts Associates)
Denise Bennetts (Bennetts Associates)
Cllr Neil Gardiner (City of Edinburgh Council)
Graeme Gidney (Arup)
Eamonn Hughes* (Sir Robert McAlpine)
Aythan Lewes (RICS/GLM)
Joanne McClelland (Edinburgh Architectural Association/GLM)
Jim McDonald (Architecture & Design Scotland)
Fiona Rankin* (Edinburgh World Heritage Trust)
Tamsie Thomson (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland)
Robin Webster* (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland)

* Trustee of SpACE