Civic Soup is an Edinburgh-based architecture & design collective set up in 2016 by a group of architectural designers, artists and cultural practitioners. We aim to facilitate interest around and action on the development of our built environment through a concern for social and cultural (preservation/protection/safeguarding) and progression by local communities (and those who inhabit it).
In this sense, our work is driven by the local; be it people, knowledge, heritage, craft or nature.
As a collective, we draw from a breadth of experience to meaningfully collaborate with people and places. By producing workshops, performances, conversation and events, public art, live builds, and spatial design. we aim to foster in our collaborators a sense of (qualification/entitlement) to contribute and make an impact on inhabited environments and promote collective ownership over (public space / the public domain).
Collaboration is key to Civic Soup. We value the inherent knowledge and experiences of people as occupants of place, and the importance of their role in the production of it. It’s in this belief that we often find process to be of equal or more significance than output.
So far, we are proud to have collaborated with:
The University of Edinburgh ESALA Projects Baltic Street Adventure Playground Scottish Architecture Fringe Festival, Youth Vision, Wikihouse, Hidden Door Arts Festival, BAM Construction, CMS Cladding, Superpower Agency, Boom Saloon, Edinburgh Printmakers, Pig Rock Bothy – National Galleries of Scotland