Lions’ Gate Plans

Plans with dimensions, developed and sketched by volunteer Marie Dubaille (September 2018)

Garden layout with Digital Bothy position (PDF)
South-west area of garden (PDF)
North east area with Digital Bothy position (PDF)
Detail of Digital Bothy, dimensions and position (PDF)
Digital Bothy interior layout (PDF)
Digital Bothy Roof Option 1 (PDF)
Digital Bothy Roof Option 2 (PDF)

Quiet zone

Lions' Gate Quiet Zone

Peformance area

Stage / performance area

Pond area

Pond area

Digital Bothy sketches

Digital Bothy Exterior 1

Digital Bothy Interior 1

Outdoor classroom / reception area sketches

Reception Area

Reception Aerial View

Useful links

Computational Sustainability (sister project in ENUs School of Computing)
The Lions’ Gate Pinterest Mood Board
Garden Ideas
Permaculture on Pinterest
Permaculture videos on YouTube

MSc Theses

Sabine Conlin – Promoting Nature Connectedness with a Digitally Augmented Permaculture Application (November 2021)
Christina Janette Plum – Towards a Blended Space Design for Individual’s Plastic Recycling (May 2021)
Shannon Ariel Murray – Developing a Sustainable Design Fiction for Fasnakyle Church (August 2020)
Hudson Miears – A Phenomenological Framework for the Design of an Augmented Reality Experience (August 2019)
Nicholas Besagni – Symbiosis of Digital and Environmental Artefacts in Blended Spaces Using Permaculture Design as a Framework (August 2018)

MA Interaction Design projects

Alexsandrina Todorova – Reflection: sketching in hardware and software | Poster
Daniel Backer – Intangible Interactivity | Poster
Daniel Finn – Digital Garden | Poster
Dean Newton – Beholden | Poster
Margit Schefte – Raindrops | Poster
Toan Nguyen – Vegograph | Poster

MSc Design Dialogues Module projects

Fraser McMillan – The Light Up System
Joanna Hagan – BUD|D
Richard Callaghan – Blending Nature and Technology Using Near Field Communication
Sara Danieli – Garden Bench Augmented with Acoustic Sensors
Shad Mohammad Ismail – The Food Forest
Sebastian Schmidt – Explore The Lions’ Gate
Katarzyna Gniady-Brzoza – Pond Monitoring System
Kar Meng Lee – Interactive Garden System
Hudson Miears – A Physical Installment for a Permaculture Garden to Encourage Conversation about Smartphone Addiction
Francesca Bitcon – The Hex Hunt
Arun Kumar Thombarapu – An AR/IoT Smart Phone Application for The Lions’ Gate
Emma Boardman – A mixed-reality system which enables visitors to uncover information concerning the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs
Areti Sakka – Max the Lion: Kids game app for The Lions’ Gate
Alina Cristea – Designing and evaluating an interactive kiosk for The Lions’ Gate project
Lewis Gourlay – Lions’ Gate AR
Marc Fairbairn – Live from the Hive: a design proposal for a physical system for the Lions’ Gate permacultural gardens
Richard Plant – Digital Scavenger Hunt
Navya Vempati – An augmented reality (AR) system for permaculture interpretation
Attia Nassar – 3D View of Merchsiton Campus
Design & evaluation of campus interactive system
Secret Garden: Interactive Smart Phone App
Herb-e: interactive life-cycle garden
Design for a portable, responsive and sustainable Garden


UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability
Permaculture Principles
User Experience Principles
Biomimicry, DesignLens: Life’s Principles
Rochdale Principles

Inspirational People

Masanobu Fukuoka: natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands
Robert Hart: evolved the idea of Forest Gardening
Bill Mollison: the father of permaculture
David Holmgren: permaculture vision and innovation
Graham Bell: changing the world one day at a time
Patrick Whitefield: pioneering European permaculture teacher
Helena Norberg-Hodge – linguist, writer, activist
Gary Snyder – poet, essayist, environmentalist
David Benyon – HCI pioneer


Permaculture Scotland
Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership
EAUC: The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges
The James Hutton Institute: one of the Scottish Government’s main research providers in environmental, crop and food science
Local Energy Scotland: helping Scotland’s communities and businesses benefit from renewable energy
Transition Edinburgh: Pathways to building a fairer, carbon neutral future
Balkep: Balkan Ecology Project
Project Drawdown: 100 solutions to reverse global warming
52 Climate Actions: It’s time to act.
Soil Food Web: Restoring Nature to the World’s Soils
CILIPSGoGreen – Environmental Resources for Libraries and Librarians


Permaculture magazine – Earth care, people care, future care
Chelsea Green Publishing: the politics and practice of sustainable living
The Idler: The Idler is a magazine and school dedicated to fun, freedom and fulfilment
The Land: an occasional magazine about Land Rights

Site analysis tools for consumers and designers of solar.
Find My Shadow: calculate the position and height of the sun anywhere in the world on any date and plot the shadow cast by the sun at different times of the day.
SunCalc: shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location.
How to do good site analysis
Wind Flow Charts


Plants for a Future: database of 7000 edible and medicinal plants
The Plant List: a working list of all plant species
Heritage Seed Library: conserving vegetable varieties that are not widely available
Scotia Seeds: Scottish wildflowers and meadow mixtures