SNH Updates

Coastal Character Assessment  SNH have published guidance on how to undertake coastal characterisation to complement their terrestrial landscape character assessment guidance. Coastal character assessments can help inform regional marine plans, local/strategic development plans and other planning policies. They can also form the baseline for sensitivity studies and impact assessments of specific coastal and marine development proposals such as aquaculture and marine renewables.             Roads report The construction, upgrading and use of roads may harm species and habitats. To … Read full story

SEDA’s 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:00 PM  9:30 PM Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh (map) THE LIFE & LEGACY OF IAN MCHARG – THE GENESIS OF URBAN ECOLOGY The Scottish Ecological Design Association is delighted to invite you to the 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture: Eco Max 4. The evening will involve a talk about Ian McHarg – a Scottish Landscape Architect and writer on regional planning using natural systems. Born in Clydebank in 1920 he went on to found the department … Read full story

Cockburn Annual Lecture – The Role of Urban Ecology in the Future of Edinburgh

Tickets for this event should be booked through EventBrite How should Edinburgh grow? Recently published population projections suggest that Edinburgh will grow by 28% over the next 25 years. This signals a strong economy able to create wealth and opportunity for its citizens and able to attract the key workers it needs to run its public services and fuel new enterprise. But it is also presents powerful challenges to the city. Assuming a population growth of a quarter of a … Read full story

Architecture Fringe Monthly Meet Up

Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:15 AM  1:00 PM Custom Lane (map) Join the Architecture Fringe at Custom Lane for the October meet-up! These free-to-attend monthly meet-ups are very laid back and are open to anyone considering taking part in or contributing to the Architecture Fringe 2019 Open Programme. The Open Programme is a non-curated platform for self-directed projects, exhibitions, events and happenings. The meet-ups are an opportunity for you hear more about the Architecture Fringe itself, to share your project thoughts and … Read full story

The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Connected Towns Part 1 – The Physical Space The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All This session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns – Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December. October’s session brings you – National context and case study presenters. Practical town toolkit exercise. Town surgeries – seek out … Read full story

The Future of Landscape: People, Place and Nature

We were lucky enough to have the Landscape President, Adam White, in Scotland last week to give a talk – The Future of Landscape: People, Place and Nature as part of the Year of Youth. Adam’s specialty is playscape design and he emphasised his belief that most playscapes don’t make the most of thebudget and space available to them and in this way we shortchange the children that use those playscapes. He encouraged the room to think of what other … Read full story

ESALA Win Best International Landscape School Prize at the Barcelona Biennial

The LIS is thrilled to announce that the Landscape Architecture school at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as part of the Edinburgh College of Art have won the prestigious Best Landscape School prize and the Barcelona Biennial. A shortlist of 9 schools was selected from 78 international entrees. The other schools on the shortlist include: Harvard Undergraduate School of Design Oslo School of Architecture and Design Leibniz Unversity Hannover Beijing Forestry University University of Pennsylvania Victoria University … Read full story

Historic Environment Policy

Formal consultation is now open for Historic Environment Scotland’s draft policy for historic environment-related planning issues. Communities, local authorities, developers and heritage sector stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft Historic Environment Policy (HEP), a key document for decision-makers in the planning process and others managing heritage assets. Consultation on the draft HEP runs until Monday 3rd December. The survey can be accessed here.  Historic Environment Scotland has also launched the public consultation on its new draft Corporate Plan 2019-22. … Read full story

Scotland’s First Tree Fetsival

Scotland’s first Tree Festival takes root The wonderfully diverse world of trees is about to be celebrated for the first  time, as the inaugural Scottish Tree Festival launches this month. Organised by national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens and  supported by VisitScotland, the Festival will run from 29 September to 2  December. Over 70 tree events will take place across the country showcasing beautiful, unusual, heritage, exotic and champion trees, as gardens and woodlands put their best branch forward in … Read full story

Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29

Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and improve people’s quality of life and well-being. The Scottish Government has committed to developing a Forestry Strategy for Scotland, to set out a long-term vision for Scottish forestry within the context of our wider land use aspirations. This is … Read full story

Community Empowerment and Landscape Report

Community Land Scotland and INHERIT have published their Community Empowerment and Landscape research report. The report examines significant institutional and other barriers to enabling landscape policy to fully contribute to sustainable rural renewal in practice. These barriers relate to ways in which landscapes are defined, characterised and designated as a matter of public policy in Scotland. The report highlights a clear ‘participation gap’ in characterising and designating landscapes; one in which communities’ voices are, at best, marginal to that process. … Read full story

Doors Open Day 2018

This September, Doors Open Day will be coming to lots of places around Scotland. You can find full listings of everything happening in your area on the Doors Open Day website, or take a look at our list of events that we think will be of interest to our members Amsfield Walled Garden – Amisfield Walled Garden dates from 1783. Designed by John Henderson for the 7th Earl of Wemyss, the garden once formed part of the policies of Amisfield House which … Read full story

The LIS talking Young People and Placemaking at the Scottish Parliament

The LIS were invited to to take part in the most recent Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment event at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. This event discussed Young People and Placemaking, with individuals present from several sectors in addition to having young people involved in the discussion. Meg Johannessen of the LIS presented the Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange at the event, going through the format of the day and its successes. We hope that we will … Read full story

Staying ahead of the curve – Glasgow’s 21st Century buildings of learning

Over 130,000 students from 135 different countries have chosen Glasgow as their place of study. What are the planning and urban design issues that underpin building for learning in Glasgow City Centre? This engaging tour, delivered in partnership between the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter and Glasgow City College sets out to answer this question. Through an interactive guided tour we will explore the multi-million pound City Campus. Professionals, or simply those with an interest in our City’s architecture and … Read full story

LIS to present to the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

We are excited that Meg Johannessen of LIS is presenting the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange this evening at the Scottish Parliament on Young People and Place Making as part of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. She is presenting with Streets Ahead – Children’s Parliament; Happenstance – WAVEparticle, A town Hall for All – Austin-Smith:Lord and Pennicuik pupils. See Meg’s full presentation here … Read full story

Scotland 2050: RTPI Annual Conference

Context National Planning Framework 4 will set out a vision for how Scotland should be planned over the next 20 to 30 years. Early work on preparing NPF4 will follow the Planning Bill. So what do we want this to advocate? Do we want or need Scotland to be business as usual? Or should we be advocating for inclusive growth, balanced growth, a resilient country? And what will the impacts be of technological change? How could NPF support communities and … Read full story

Young People and Placemaking – Cross Party Group on Architecture

The Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment aims to maintain a forum of MSPs and others to promote and further the economic, social, environmental and cultural contributions that architecture and the planned environment make to the quality of life of Scotland’s citizens. Also, while acknowledging the responsibilities devolved to the Scottish Parliament, to sustain a dialogue on Scottish architecture, planning and built environment in the European and World contexts. The Meeting will take place in Committee … Read full story

The Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange

On Friday the 24th of August, ECA hosted the first Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange with support from the LIS and sponsorship from AECOM and TGP Landscape Architects. The day was spent talking prospective landscape architects through day to day life in practice, informing them about different routes into the profession and giving them a crash course on design principals and place making. We started the day with LIS committee member and student representative, Alex Burton of LUC, defining landscape … Read full story

Plant Biosecurity: Oak Processionary Moth Issue

In response to recent interceptions of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) (Thaumetopoea processionea) on larger imported oak trees, new import and movement controls are being put in place to protect against the imminent danger of introducing this pest into the UK OPM Protected Zone. The OPM Protected Zone consists of all areas of the UK outwith London and surrounding areas, where OPM is already established. The new measures will be in effect in England from Tuesday 21 August 2018 and are … Read full story

Piper’s Peace – Scottish Winners of the Gardens for Peace project

The LIS is delighted to announce that Edinburgh based landscape architects Anna Rhodes (Young Planting Designer Finalist at RHS Taton 2017) and Melissa Orr (Gardens By The Bay – Singapore) have won the Gardens for Peace project as the Scottish representatives. The Gardens for Peace project will 15 permanent perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, an area of the country with a high number of war memorial sites. The project is initiated by Arts … Read full story

Commonwealth Games Legacy

Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Legacy – An RTPI West of Scotland Chapter Event August 2014 marked the close of the XX Commonwealth Games: the most ambitious of a programme of major cultural events that Glasgow has delivered to date. Four years later, as the inaugural European Championships kick off in the City, there is the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Games in Glasgow’s ongoing regeneration. Hosting international multi-sport events can provide a short term injection of economic growth. … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award Winner

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Using overseas travel to gain an insight into best and innovative landscape practice to address some of the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. This award will benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as the practice of landscape architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country. Winner of the Award The Landscape Institute Scotland are … Read full story

LIS ESALA Student Award Winners 2018

On the 5th of July this year, the landscape architecture department at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture held it’s annual exhibition as part of the ECA Degree Show 2018 This year the Landscape Institute Scotland Prizes went to: Best Student Prize – Emma Thompson ESALA Portfolio Prize – Emily Cropton Peter Daniels Prize for best skills in site analysis – Molly Gordon.   Emma Thompson – Best Student Prize My graduating work at The University of Edinburgh … Read full story

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

How can you turn a Vision for landscape-scale working into Action through the power of uniting in partnership? Whether you are experienced in this way of working, or looking to establish a new collaboration, join us in the central belt of Scotland for two days of sharing inspiring stories, best practise and your experiences. Download the agenda from the IFLI website here. Book for the full two days including the conference meal, or select to attend one day. Visions to Actions is … Read full story

FutureTown Design Competition

A national design competition inviting people to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood has been launched today. Now in its fourth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future. Organised by national agency for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entries gain significant media attention for … Read full story

RHS Green Plan-It Challenge 2018

Call for RHS Green Plan It Challenge Mentors The RHS is on the lookout for people working in the horticulture industry across the central belt of Scotland to mentor small teams of secondary school students through their annual Green Plan It Challenge.  Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and to challenge their perception of horticulture, while also being valuable to your own professional development. Once matched with your team, you … Read full story

LIS Facilitated Debate at The Scottish Parliament – 5th June 2018

‘Landscape for Scotland’ – Working together to help shape quality in landscape and place The Landscape Institute Scotland launched Landscape for Scotland at the Scottish Parliament at the end of 2017:  Read Landscape for Scotland  A follow up lively debate facilitated by Lesley Riddoch was held at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, 5th June 2018 with over 80 people attending from a range of organisations that have a shared interest in Landscape and Place. The aim of the event was to engage … Read full story

Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange

ESALA and the Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange as part of Scotland’s Year of Youth 2018. What? An introduction to Landscape Architecture and chance for graduates, current students, and prospective students to meet and share advice – sponsored by the Landscape Institute Scotland as part of the Year of Young People. The event will provide a relaxed environment for young people to meet, discuss, and learn about Landscape Architecture, collaborate on designs, … Read full story

LIS AGM 2018

The 2018 LIS AGM and Reflections talk was a huge success. Many thanks to those that spoke on the night and all our members in attendance. This year we shone a spotlight on the benefits of sharing knowledge with landscape architects overseas. The evening started with four wonderful talks from landscape architects with experience working overseas for Reflections: Then and Now. The full slides for their presentations can be seen here. The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects was … Read full story

LIS Launches the Mark Turnbull Travel Award

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland   Using overseas travel to gain an insight into best and innovative landscape practice to address some of the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. This award will benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as the practice of landscape architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country. Mark Turnbull was one of the country’s most eminent … Read full story

LIS Reflections – Then and Now

As part of the 2018 LIS AGM event, a fantastic series of speakers presented Reflections – Then and Now, looking at how progress and globalisation has effected learning, understanding and practice in the landscape sectors. The speakers, all at different stages in their careers and all with experience working in overseas practice, used their experience to examine what the future might hold for landscape architects and how we can prepare for it. The speakers for this Reflections Series talk were: … Read full story

FCS Quarterly Tree Update

The Forestry Commission Scotland has published their quarterly tree update, including news on: P. ramorum Dendroctonus micans Launch of the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Plant Health New timber import legislation The full update can be read on the FCS website … Read full story

SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Successful approaches to regenerating Scotland’s places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop – 31st May This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Portal Townhouse in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process. SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic … Read full story

Creating health, wealth and happiness in your town – a Scottish Town’s Partnership workshop

STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday 25th April 2018. Architectire & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership on 25th April to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy. Features of this interactive workshop include: Key speakers from Scottish Government, the Improvement Service, PAS and … Read full story

CSGN Annual Forum

‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ CSGN Launch Annual Forum The importance of greenspace for young people is set to be highlighted in the annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum. ‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday 14 June and will feature world-renowned experts including the multi-award-winning landscape architect, Adam White and architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in creating the vision to transform … Read full story

Architecture Fringe: Final Saturday Meet Up

The last Architecture Fringe open meet-up will be at Out Of The Blue in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th April 2018. Please note this meet-up will start at 10am and finish at 12 noon. 10am Saturday 7th April 2018 Out Of The Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects being put towards the open … Read full story

Gardens for Peace

The Gardens of Peace project consists of creating around fifteen perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, in France, a hundred years after the end of  the First World War. This new memorial trail will pay tribute to the countless deaths on French soil between 1914 and 1918, and bear witness to the number and diversity of the countries involved in this conflict. The project is initiated by the Association Art & gardens – Hauts-de-France … Read full story

LIS AGM and Reflections Event 2018

LIS AGM & REFLECTIONS SERIES: ‘THEN AND NOW’ Wednesday 25th April 2018 6-9pm: Basement Theatre, Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR   The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25th April at Adam House basement theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The full programme of the event can be viewed here. Reflections Series: ‘Then and Now’ The difference between graduating as a landscape architect in the late 20th century and in the early 21st century is … Read full story

Scottish Modernist Landscape Project

The Sco.Mo Project is a Landscape Institute Scotland funded project that is here to promote and implement the documentation, preservation and celebration of Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture (1945-1999). It has come to the attention of the LIS and Sco.Mo Team that Scotland’s landscape modernist heritage is woefully underrepresented, with often little or no information to be found as a collective and engaging resource. We need your help The project is currently in its early phase – although we aim to … Read full story

Place and Design Panel Vaccancies

Are you passionate about the importance of place making and the role of good design in our built environment? Are you willing to contribute your expertise and enthusiasm to making a difference to design quality in West Dunbartonshire? Join the West Dumbartonshire Council Place and Design Panel; a new venture in early engagement and impartial, objective dialogue with upcoming development. The Place and Design Panel will play a key role in raising the quality of design development, improving the health, well-being, … Read full story

National Parks Conference

The SCNP are holding their annual conference and AGM on Friday the 20th of April from 10:30am till 4:00pm at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling.  The title of the conference is Growing The Family of National Parks in Scotland. It aims to discuss the significant progress being made to establish new National Parks in Scotland and to learn lessons from the two established parks.   Speakers: Grant Moir – Cairngorms National Park Authority Jane Bower – Campaign … Read full story

Architecture Fringe March Meetup

The next open Architecture Fringe meet-up will be at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:15am for a 10:30pm start til 1pm.  The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects being put towards the open programme. All analogue – just bring your ideas on some paper to pin up on the wall. The Architecture … Read full story

Architecture and Design Scotland is looking for new Board members

Do you want to help shape Scotland’s built environment? Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to two new Board members of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).   About Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) was established in 2005 to promote good architecture and sustainable design. The organisation’s role is to improve the quality of development in Scotland and support and promote excellence in the delivery of good architecture, successful places and efficient processes. This role requires … Read full story

Professor James Hitchmouth talk on plant design and vegetation technology

The Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society have announced that Professor James Hitchmouth will be speaking on plant design and vegetation technology as part of their 2018 programme of events. This talk will take place on the 14th of February at Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TU starting at 7:30. There will be a small fee on the door for non-members. James is a Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the University of Sheffield, one … Read full story