Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh / Dunfermline

Wed. 20 Sep 2017  

© Dave Dicello



Tickets can be purchased from Fire Station Creative (01383 721564) and Dynamic Dunfermline (07748 736042).


In this event Lord Bruce explores the development of Dunfermline and its regional and global links, while Don Carter chronicles the ways that European and North American cities have successfully reinvented themselves for the 21st century after the end of their industrial glory.

Once the ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline traces its roots as a planned settlement from the time of David I (1124-1153), someone famous for many things but notable as introducing town planning to Scotland in the 12th century, creating settlements including Dunfermline, Perth and Haddington. Essentially plantation towns populated by skilled immigrants drawn from continental Europe and the Baltic, David’s burghs established the distinctive and highly recognisable parameters of Scottish urban form.

At the beginning of the twentieth century Dunfermline became the poster-child for one of the world’s most ambitious programmes of civic philanthropy. Sharing its good fortune with Pittsburgh, the Auld Grey Toun was entirely re-engineered by the largesse of Andrew Carnegie “to bring sweetness and light” to its “toiling masses”. Entering a design competition in 1904 to plan a new public park at Pittencrieff, Patrick Geddes - botanist and sociologist – devised a blueprint for Dunfermline which he hoped would provide Carnegie with a model for transforming city planning right across America.


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