RTPI Scotland SPEL Conference 2017

The Scottish Planning & Environmental Law (SPEL) Conference 2017 Thursday 21 September, Edinburgh   Anticipating and Preparing for Change The 26th SPEL Conference takes place in the run up to the publication of the Planning White Paper towards the end of the year.  Although the precise nature of change is not yet known, we can speculate where it may happen and what the consequences might be.  As we anticipate what a future planning system is going to look like, planning … Read full story

My Town, The New Town

The RTPI West of Scotland have announced their upcoming talk – My Town, The New Town – looking at the history of architecture and placemaking in Cumbernauld. In its seventy year history Cumbernauld has been celebrated, neglected, and reviled – in that order. Despite being an ambitious multi-award winning 1960s set piece of post-war architecture and planning, by the early 1990s Cumbernauld had acquired a notorious reputation as one of Scotland’s most reviled products of that era. The real story … Read full story

Reflections Series – Old and New Icons: The Role of Landscape Architecture

LIS are pleased to announce the next Reflections series talk “Old and New Icons: The Role of Landscape Architecture.” A talk that explores how landscape architecture is playing a pivotal role in the revival of old icons, and the development of the new. Rolf Roscher from erz will be discussing their work for the famous post-war masterpiece, St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross. Ben Palmer from Open will present Open’s contribution to the new V&A in Dundee – the first ever … Read full story

European Dark Sky Places Conference

In September this year ‘It’s More Than Just Light’ – the first European Dark Sky Places conference will be held in Scotland, UK. The conference is a three day event taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of September at the Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.  The conference is a chance for the UK, Europe & further afield to come together as one and begin the process of change in how we manage our nocturnal environment and … Read full story

RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland will be hosting their annual conference on Tuesday, 3rd of October 2017 at the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh The planning system in Scotland is undergoing a significant review and a Planning Bill is scheduled to be published before the end of the year. At the same time UN Habitat III in Quito has published the new urban agenda which outlines how planners and planning have a vital role in improving the quality of life for … Read full story

‘At Home With Landscape Architecture’ – Doors Open Day 2017

The LIS are participating in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme across Scotland on the 5th and the 16th of September. The aims of this scheme are to: Show best practice examples of residential design and place making from macro to micro. Demonstrate to members of the public and other built environment professionals how the landscape profession helps create great places for communities to live as well as increase natural capital, integrate aesthetic issues with practical demands for safety, access, property value, … Read full story

Prospect and Refuge

  As part of the Festival of Architecture 2017, the LIS are hosting the Prospect and Refuge exhibition. This exhibition is based on the creation of ‘The Garden Office’ encouraging people at home to take their working environment outdoors. Glasgow based Landscape Architect, Anca Panait has been shortlisted for The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 2017 Young Designer of the Year Competition at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. As part of the competition, her garden will be constructed, exhibited and judged … Read full story

At Home With Landscape Architecture – Doors Open Day

 ‘AT HOME WITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE’: DOORS OPEN DAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2017   The LIS are participating with the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme. Landscape practice horner + maclellan are opening their doors for one day on the 5th of September at their Inverness office under the title of ‘At Home with Landscape Architecture’ with the aim of:- Showing best practice examples of residential design and place making from macro to micro. Demonstrating to members of the public and other built environment professionals how … Read full story

Green Plan It Challenge

The Green Plan It Challenge is a programme for secondary school students aged between 12-14 to creatively connect with and be inspired by horticulture. The mentor’s role is to guide a group of 6 young people through the ten week challenge, sharing their knowledge about plants and providing an insight into the horticulture industry. This year’s Challenge is being run from Edinburgh but we are looking for mentors to support schools signed up from across Scotland – in particular, Ayrshire, … Read full story

Architecture Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival

The Architecture Fringe is already underway and the Edinburgh Festival is coming up. There are a huge number of events across these two festivals that the LIS thinks would be of interest to those in the landscape profession from exhibitions to talks to film screenings. Take a look through our list of upcoming festival events that focus on landscape, urban design and place making. 57 Degrees North – Bothy Culture – An evening of short talks, music, stories and song celebrating Bothy Culture past and present … Read full story

Tesco Bags for Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.   How does Bags of Help work? Bags of Help is now is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are … Read full story

‘At Home With Landscape Architecture’ – Doors Open Day September 2017

Following the success of the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Landscape Institute Scotland in association with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is doing it all over again – FoA2017 is here! The month of September will see Scotland celebrating the Scottish Landscape and Architecture Professions based on this year’s theme, our homes. The LIS wish to participate through the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme. We are inviting practices and organisations to celebrate by opening their doors … Read full story

LIS Chair speaks at Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) Annual Convention 2017

  Rachel Tennant Chair of Landscape Institute Scotland was invited to speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) at their annual convention in Stirling on Friday, 12th May 2017. The theme was Internationalism and Rachel elaborated on her experience of not underestimating the role of serendipity in making decisions about going International as well as the importance of understanding your unique skills in relation to the needs of the world market. Other keynote speakers included Ian Ritchie, Karen Cook and … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

The Landscape Institute has announced the names of the 75 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise in the recent Pathway to Chartership Exams held in London and Manchester on 9th-10th and 17th-18th May. The pass rate continues to increase from previous sessions, now standing at 83%, the highest since November 2011. During individual examinations lasting 45-60 minutes, candidates demonstrated to an experienced panel of Chartered Members and Fellows of the Landscape Institute … Read full story

50 Years of Conservation Planning

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation would like to invite you to their event – 50 Years of Conservation Planning. The event will focus on Ayr and Mabole and will include various talks highlighting areas of conversation planning interest. The event will take place on Tuesday the 13th of June at the Ayr County Buildings from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Details of how too book your ticket and a full programme for the event can be viewed here. … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017 & Mark Turnbull Gold Medal Award

The Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) Annual General Meeting 2017 was a real success, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our speakers who shared their reflections and memories on the life and work of Mark Turnbull, our former chair, throughout the evening. Mark Turnbull A Celebration & Gold Medal Award Following a celebration of the life and work of Mark Turnbull at the AGM of the Landscape institute Scotland on the 26th April 2017, Sharon Turnbull accepted … Read full story

‘From the past to the future: towards a new paradigm in landscape and environment’ – Thursday, 1st June 2017

In 2016, Brian and Sue Evans published ‘Growing Awareness: How green consciousness can change perceptions and places.’ The book distils the research and learning from 5 years of the Central Scotland Geen Network (CSGN) Forum in three sections of learning – from thought, place and action. In this talk Brian will put the lessons from ‘Growing Awareness’ in the context of 40 years of practice in Scotland and the seminal influence of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ to which ‘Growing … Read full story

Planning in Scotland: Delivering a 360 Degree Planning System

This conference discusses the Scottish Government’s plans to legislate to develop a Scottish planning system which is more strategic and enabling, better networked into other policy areas, rooted in consensual and engaged development planning and more collaborative in its structure, working and funding both internally and externally. In other words, how do we achieve the 360˚ Planning System Scotland needs? A system capable of working collaboratively at all levels to: Access the skills and resources needed internally to make the system … Read full story

SGP event – Cherished Places – making the most of your local landscape designation

Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 31 August 2017 SNH and HES consulted on Local Landscape Areas draft guidance in early 2017 and will publish revised guidance this summer.  Building on a decade’s experience, the new guidance will refresh the role of Local Landscape Areas in the planning system and promote their contribution towards a number of government objectives.   This event will present the new SNH/HES guidance on Local Landscape Areas and explore the opportunities to make more of these important and … Read full story

Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2017

This year’s RTPI Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture will be held on Wednesday the 7th of June from 5:45pm to 8:15pm at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The guest speaker will be Naomi Eisenstadt  – Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality After a long career in the Non-Governmental Organisation sector, in 1999 Naomi became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit. The Unit was responsible for delivering the government’s commitment to free nursery education places for all … Read full story

Seeding Success: Learning from Stalled Spaces Scotland

Join Architecture and Design Scotland for a free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment. Held in the beautiful Paisley Town Hall, the event will bring you presentations on the … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017

The LIS AGM 2017 was a real success, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our speakers who shared their reflections and memories on the life and work of Mark Turnbull, our former chair, throughout the evening. … Read full story

Tracking Scotland’s Changing Landscape – Scotland’s Landscape Monitoring Programme

A new way of tracking and reporting on Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes was launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on Wednesday, 12th April 2017 – Press Release Scotland’s Landscape Monitoring Programme (LMP) is accessible on SNH’s website HERE, allowing anyone to follow how our dynamic landscapes change over the years.   You can read an introduction to the Landscape Monitoring Programme HERE The monitoring brings together existing and new data to monitor landscape change in a meaningful, practical and efficient way. … Read full story

2017 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

2017 Central Scotland Green Network Forum How green infrastructure is transforming the way we live 15 June 2017 – John McIntyre Conference Facility, Edinburgh This year’s Forum, our seventh, provides an opportunity to explore how green infrastructure projects are transforming the way we develop and repair our cities and towns. As well as a key note Ministerial speech, during the day delegates will learn about three exciting projects which focus on the use of green infrastructure, innovation and liveability: Senior … Read full story

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh WHS Management Plan – draft for public consultation

I’m delighted to let you know that the draft Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site was been approved for consultation by Planning Committee on 30 March. This new plan will replace the current five-year management plan to cover the period from 2017 to 2022.  We would really appreciate your feedback to inform the finalised plan; so please let us know what you think and don’t hesitate to share it.   What is the … Read full story

Place Standard Workshop

  The Royal Town Planning Institute are holding a Place Standard Workshop. This event objectives are to develop the capacity of relevant Community Planning Partnerships staff (and staff from all their partner organisations) in Clydeplan, Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute Council, and to anyone with an interest in applying this tool; and to facilitate the use of the Place Standard. Specifically it will: Introduce the Place Standard – why it exists and who is it for. Illustrate how and where to … Read full story

World Landscape Architecture Month 2017

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture. WLAM introduces the profession to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives. Last year, the Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) celebrated by sharing examples of outstanding Scottish landscape architecture every day through social media, encouraging people to go out and discover their local landscape. Following … Read full story

Pathway to Chartership Seminar Day

  An exclusive opportunity to attend a Pathway to Chartership Seminar Day, organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Branch. The Day includes a session on Law and Landscape Architecture with Mark Jenkyn-Jones and a session on Professional Practice with Colin Moore. This is ideal for those on the Pathway to Chartership or taking their oral exam in the next few months; or any practitioner who would like a refresher course on current best practice. There are no other seminars anticipated … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017

MARK TURNBULL  – A CELEBRATION THE LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE GOLD MEDAL AWARD AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL 2017 HUNTER LECTURE THEATRE, HUNTER BUILDING, EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART,  EDINBURGH   The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 26th of April in the Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art between 6-9.30pm Before the AGM there will be a celebration of the life and work of the late Mark Turnbull followed by the presentation of … Read full story

BALI Scotland Regional AGM 2017 – Tour of Horatio’s Garden Glasgow & presentation by sponsor Green Urban Blue

Venue – Horatio’s Garden Tour – 1345 Govan Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 4TF Presentation and AGM – Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre & Workspace, 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4XS Date – Tuesday 14th March 2017   Schedule:  4.00pm – Tour of Horatio’s Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow 5.30pm – Presentation by event sponsors Green Urban Blue at the Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre & Workspace 6.15pm – Refreshments 7.00pm – Scotland AGM 2017   Tour & Presentation Only: Open to BALI … Read full story

Upcoming webinar – Changes to the EIA Regulations

REGISTER TO JOIN THE FREE WEBINAR – THE EIA REGULATIONS ARE CHANGING – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? The EIA Regulations are changing – what does this mean for you? What do you need to know about the forthcoming revised EIA regulations and how the stages of the development planning project process are likely to be affected? Here’s your chance to find out what the experts think – and get involved yourself – in a special hour-long online event … Read full story

Gardens Trust Conference: Mid to Late C20 Designed Landscapes: Overlooked, undervalued and at risk?

This Gardens Trust conference aims to promote the understanding and significance of mid to late C20 designed landscapes – those laid out between the mid 1960s and 1990 – and to review how they might be better recognised and conserved. It will consider a wide range of designed landscapes from urban civic spaces to institutional, residential, business and country parks, many of which been treated as of secondary importance to both the gardens of the period and to the built … Read full story

HES Launches Online Historic Designations Map

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has launched a new online historic designations online database and searchable map, which enables users to search for designated assets by constituency and council ward. The searchable database includes the full Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (GDLs) in Scotland.  You can access the searchable map HERE … Read full story

Scottish Government Consults on Land Rights & Responsibilities Statement

A consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, which is a set of principles with an overarching vision that will guide the development of public policy on the nature and character of land rights and responsibilities in Scotland. The consultation closes Friday 10th March 2017.   You can read all about the consultation HERE … Read full story

Learning from Larbert Woods – an asset for health improvement at the NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital Estate

Thursday 23rd February 2017, 1 pm to 2 pm. The Larbert Woods Project has transformed woodland and greenspace surrounding the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk, Scotland. It was completed in 2013. Through partnership working, imaginative design and long-term management arrangements, the project is providing a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits. An important part of this the project has been enabling hospital staff, patients, visitors and the local community to make greater use of the woodland … Read full story

Scotland: Wind of Change – A consultation on the future of Wind Energy in Scotland – Tuesday, 21st February 2017

The Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are currently consulting on important policy and technical guidance which has potential implications for the future of wind energy development in Scotland: Scottish Government Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland (due 30th May 2017) Scottish Government Onshore Wind Policy Statement (due 30th May 2017) SNH Technical Guidance on the Assessment of Wild Land (due 7th April 2017) To ensure that the landscape profession continues to play an important and … Read full story

LIS Reflections Series – Glasgow NOW – Wednesday, 29th March

  The Landscape Institute Scotland Reflections Series of talks and events aims for greater debate and knowledge within the profession. The Glasgow NOW talks focus on three of the biggest projects happening in Glasgow right now. The speakers for the event include: Kirstin Taylor and Rory WIlson of LDA Design. They will be speaking on Sighthill TRA Graham Ross from Austin:Smith-Lord. He will be discussing The Districts Duncan McLean from LUC. He will be discussing Shawfield Masterplan For more information … Read full story

SNH Publish Technical Guidance for Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have published Technical Guidance for the Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas in Scotland, along with accompanying wild land area descriptions for all 42 Wild Land Areas. You can read the Technical Guidance and WLA descriptions HERE The draft guidance has drawn on experience of assessing effects on Wild Land Areas (WLAs) since publication of Scottish Planning Policy in 2014. It includes annexes containing illustrative examples and frequently asked questions. The methodology draws on the descriptions … Read full story

Glasgow’s Draft Housing Strategy 2017-2022

Glasgow City Council, as part of its City Centre Strategy, is to develop a residential strategy for the area.  Glasgow city centre is already home to 28,000 people. The council has appointed international real estate advisor Savills to assist on this residential strategy, forming a team with expertise in economic development, local regeneration, housing, property and planning.  The team will consult with a range of city centre stakeholders. In the review of this residential strategy, the team will consider the … Read full story