the neoliberal city

The New Met is delighted to support an upcoming event and prominent part of this year’s inaugural Architecture Fringe, 2016.

Please join us on 09 July 2016, 11:00-13:00 [Doors 10:45am] Gayfield Creative Spaces, 11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NT

TICKETS £6 / £4 concessions


Our housing, streets and land are acutely affected by economic policies and ideological forces which span the globe but manifest locally. How does the world around us operate? Who controls it, and who owns it? Join writer and journalist Anna Minton and land campaigner and newly elected member of the Scottish Parliament Andy Wightman to explore our place within the Neoliberal City.

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Anna Minton 

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL). She has spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times. Finding daily journalism frustrating she began to focus on longer projects for think tanks and policy organizations and is the author of numerous papers and reports, including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation‘s Viewpoint on fear and distrust. In 2013, she became a Reader in Architecture at UEL. Between 2012-2014 she has been the 1851 Royal Commission’s Fellow in the Built Environment.


Andy Wightman MSP

Andy Wightman is a writer, researcher, analyst, commentator, activist and since May 5th 2016,  a member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Green Party. Concerned with issues of land, power, governance, democracy and money he has over the past 20 years undertaken a wide range of work on land tenure, landownership, land reform and, more recently community land rights, governance and the hegemonic dimensions of land relations.

He is the author of several books including in 1996 Who Owns Scotland (Canongate) and in 1999 Scotland: Land & Power. The Agenda for Land Reform in Scotland (Luath). These were followed in 2010 by The Poor Had No Lawyers (Birlinn) which analysed the land in Scotland, reinvigorating the debate around land relations and ownership.



In Scotland 2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Initiated by a group of architects, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which will explore architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives. 

Set to have its first run in July 2016, the Architecture Fringe took inspiration from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The ArchiFringe platform is an open framework for contributor-led creative responses to the built environment.

It’s first year will see new artistic work, events, exhibitions, talks, environmental installations, community self-builds, a summer school and a new small-town festival across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Farr in Strathnairn and Beith, North Ayrshire.

Discover the full programme here:


The Architecture Fringe will open in Glasgow on Friday 1st July. 


Celebrate the opening of the Architecture Fringe! On the decks is Sista Edge – MILK Glasgow DJs. FRI 01 July 2016, 7pm-10:30pm

FREE tickets at

Venue: Glasgow Collective, 15 East Campbell Street, Glasgow G1 5DT