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GRAS reveals Scottish referendum pop-up

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Edinburgh-based GRAS has revealed images of a scheme to promote engagement with the issue of Scottish independence

On the 18 September the country will vote on whether to leave the UK, but according to the latest polls 14 per cent of the population still remain undecided. GRAS’ project aims to help engage and widen the debate surround the future of Scotland.

The mobile structure hopes to promote discussion amongst Scotland’s younger voters by providing an ‘iconic, physical embodiment of the debate’.

The structure, constructed on a fat bed trailer, offers access to impartial information on the pros and cons of Scottish independence.

It includes a library, an enclosed debating space, a projecting stage and an elevated viewing platform.

Stuart Falconer, architect at GRAS, said: ‘As a practice we are looking for ways to celebrate the democratic process we’re in the midst of. The entire country has become politically engaged and it is very exciting, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

‘There are all sorts of ways that architects can and should engage, whether by widening the terms of the debate, exploring visions of the future, or creating new lines of communication to allow the discussion to reach more people. We are exploring a range of mechanisms by which we might engage, one of which is the Indyref vehicle.

‘The visually striking mobile-unit gives a point of focus for word of mouth, particularly within social media where iconography is essential. Its transportation, arrival and deployment are designed as a series of exciting events to directly engage with those in the communities it visits.’

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