KB101: celebrating a century of science and engineering

On 6th July 1920, King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings that would form part of The University of Edinburgh's new Science campus, relocated from its former Old College premises.

KB101 was a celebration of University scientific history and contribution, but it's about much more than a collection of buildings or the geography of The King's Buildings: it was about our scientists and the discoveries they have made that have changed the world. We celebrated our history of achievements with links to current achievers and links to recruitment messages around who will be the next generation to stand on the shoulders of these giants.

King George V opening Kings Buildings
King George V opening Kings Buildings 6 July 1920


Katie Paterson portrait photo
Katie Paterson. Photo: Neil Hanna Photography for Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Centenary Art Commission 

As part of the KB101 programme, the College of Science and Engineering commissioned a permanent work of art by the internationally renowned artist Katie Paterson. 

Chosen by a panel following a competitive selection process, Paterson has been working since 2019 on this new and ambitious artwork 'Ideas' which will take the form of one hundred three-line texts cut in stainless steel (each an ‘Idea’), that will be situated in a variety of locations in and around the KB campus. 


Read more about the KB101 Art Commission


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The KB Permaculture Garden 

The King’s Building Permaculture Garden which opened in June 2022, is a student-led project which aims to create a platform that allows the University and other communities to connect around a growing space at the rear of Murchison House. The design of the garden and the organisation of the social aspects are all inspired by the Permaculture principles. You can find out more about the project at their blog and social media channels: 

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