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Power of Place, Shetland’s first year long celebration of architecture and place, have launched The POP Phone as an easy and quirky way for people to take part in the celebrations.

Power of Place will run throughout 2010 and will help to raise the profile of architecture, design and construction within Shetland and place this in a national and international context. The events will also celebrate place-making and community in Shetland.

Events will include education workshops, articles, talks, an international architecture conference, a film festival and 'POP' projections of words, photographs and film showing what Power of Place means to Shetland people.

Power of Place want to know what Power of Place means to you. Does Power of Place mean people, places, words, memories? Or do you have a favourite Shetland building? Take part by texting words, sending photos or short mobile phone videos. These will be brought together and shown around Shetland. The POP Phone number is 0750 35 966 35. You can also send words or photos by email or post. Please include your name and where you are from.

Power of Place is part of the Scottish Executive’s Access to Architecture programme. It is a partnership between Shetland Arts, Shetland Architectural Society and Shetland Islands Council.

Throughout the celebrations community groups and individuals can explore the importance of the places we inhabit, the effects they have on our lives and how architecture and place-making is used to support, maintain and develop a sustainable, thriving Shetland.

Events will run for the whole of the calendar year of 2010 and will include an international conference - Building Resilience in Island Communities (17th -18th September). Professional organisations and individuals are also invited to submit presentation proposals for the conference.

Are you a member of a community group? Would you like to take part in Power of Place? The programme of events is still being developed so if you have any ideas for events or activities please contact us.

For further information on Power of Place of any of the events you can contact Karen Emslie/ Power of Place Co-ordinator: powerofplace@yahoo.co.uk/ or 07786541065.

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