Prospect and Refuge

The LIS is pleased to report that the Prospect and Refuge exhibition, part of the Festival of Architecture 2017, was a success. The exhibition was displayed at The Hidden Gardens and The Mitchell Library in Glasgow throughout the middle of September. Prospect and Refuge celebrates Glasgow based Landscape Architect, Anca Panait, who has been shortlisted for The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 2017 Young Designer of the Year Competition at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. Many thanks to The Mitchell Library … Read full story

Density Well Done and Walkable Communities

Date: 24 October 2017 Time: 10.00 – 16.30 Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh Organiser: Paths for All Price: £135 Booking: tickets can be purchased online Event Partners: Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Government Planning and Transport Scotland. Join international planning expert, Brent Toderian for an in-depth masterclass covering the smart design of active communities where people can thrive. Good quality walking environments are vital to encourage people to … Read full story

River Restoration Workshop

There remains the urgent need to improve water quality in Scotland despite what Brexit may ultimately throw at us. Restoring watercourses to their (near) natural state has an ongoing momentum driven by SEPA and local authorities amongst others. This half-day workshop, run by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management will include a site visit to one of the largest river restoration projects recently completed; Stane Gardens on the South Calder Water in North Lanarkshire. This project has seen … Read full story

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

Malcolm Fraser Lecture

Help make a Vision for Edinburgh In celebrating James Craig New Town 250th anniversary. we ask ourselves what are we, the current generation, going to leave the next century? Are we planning a better future? Or are we just muddling along? The EAA is leading a forum that asks that we put our professional knowledge to good use, make partnerships across the city with all other related professions and colleagues, and make our input heard and put into action. These … Read full story

Upcoming talk: Careers in Landscape Architecture

In keeping with Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Landscape Institute Scotland, is running a free session for career advisors and teachers to update their knowledge on landscape architecture, a fantastic career path for students passionate about art, design, sustainability and the built environment. The evening will start with an introductory talk for all members of the public on ‘what is landscape architecture’ from Rachel Tennant, acting chair of the Landscape Institute Scotland and Fellow of the Landscape … Read full story

SNH SGP Event – Onshore Renewables: Repowering the natural heritage considerations – 7th December 2016

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Sharing Good Practice is a unique programme of events for people from a wide variety of sectors, including land managers, local authorities, health, business, education, voluntary and government. These events provide an opportunity for practitioners with differing levels of experience to network, learn from experts, influence future policy, share ideas, gain new insights and inspiration. As the onshore wind energy industry matures, some older wind farms are nearing the point where they will be decommissioned, refurbished or repowered. This … Read full story

Event on planning law in Edinburgh

JHplanning and the Improvement Service are running an event covering elements of planning law in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November 2016. Overview Planning is about the skills associated with placemaking, community engagement, project management and development finance, but it is also about understanding the complex legal framework within which the planning system operates.  As we await the Scottish Government’s response to the Planning Review and the inevitable changes in legislation and regulation that will follow, this event looks at … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes : Seeking beautiful, and multi-functional places

Landscape Institute Scotland Symposium – Friday 4th November 09.30 – 14.00 SuDS are now in the mainstream, promoted for their role in water quality and flood attenuation. But are SuDS making sufficient contribution to place-making here in Scotland? The ‘4 pillars of SuDS design’ are Water Quantity, Water Quality, Amenity and Biodiversity; is sufficient weight being given to the latter two? SuDS provide an opportunity for the different professions to engage and work together towards better places. This symposium aims … Read full story

BALI Scotland Networking and Professional Development Event

Kindly hosted by long term BALI supporters CED, the night provides a fantastic opportunity to see the new developments at the CED Depot at Castlecary followed by a presentation by Michael Heap, founder of CED, on Paving with Natural Stone – How to achieve a successful long-term quality surface, both technically and visually at the Castlecary Hotel. We will also have an update on training qualifications and development opportunities for the landscape industry. Where – CED Scotland, Castlecary Depot, Allandale, … Read full story

Ian Ritchie Lecture with Vision for Edinburgh Workshop

Professor Ian Ritchie CBE RA Hon FRIAS Including contributions from associated professional bodies.   In the first of a series of new lectures and workshops the EAA welcomes Ian Ritchie, an architect whose international practice has undertaken the master-planning of cities, national museums and realised monuments. Ian will address the City as a manifestation of collective and individual memory and forgetting – from skyline to plinth – and explore the idea of designing the future within the context of a … Read full story

Biodiversity – Design with Nature

Scottish Natural Heritage have announced a Sharing Good Practice event titled Biodiversity – Design with Nature. Improving the design, planning and construction of the built environment around our homes, businesses and neighbourhoods can reap multiple benefits for people and nature. Incorporating nature into the design process can be a low-cost way to increase productivity, reduce environmental harm, benefit biodiversity and helps to deliver the placemaking, health and other outcomes for those who live in the neighbourhood. This event is linked to 2016 … Read full story

New NRS Forest Science seminars programme announced

Forest Research have announced a new series of seminars, starting at the University of St Andrews where Nick Hanley will be presenting “Estimating the preferences of the general public and forest managers for disease control options” on the 28th of October. This seminar will discuss choice experiments with the general UK public and with woodland owners/managers on the issue of new invasive diseases. Essentially, in the former case, we quantify what the public are willing to pay for forest disease control; whilst … Read full story

‘A House and Grounds for an Art Collector’ Awards Ceremony

  Wednesday 28th September 2016: 6.00 – 8.30pm Please join us for competition entrants viewing and the final awards ceremony plus guest speaker at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RG. The event is free, but we encourage people to book a ticket through Eventbrite.    Competition Exhibition A design competition celebrating collaboration and inspiration between landscape architects and architects as part of the LIS contribution to the 2016 Festival of Architecture. The proposals are … Read full story

Open Space 2021 Consultation

HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF EDINBURGH’S OPEN SPACES Edinburgh’s communities are invited to comment on Edinburgh’s draft Open Space Strategy, which sets out Edinburgh’s open space needs in the period up to 2021.           Since 2010, 15 of the city’s largest parks have been substantially improved and 22 play areas upgraded, thereby increasing access to good quality green space and play opportunities across the city; allotment provision has increased and community gardens have flourished. New residential green … Read full story

LIS Reflections Series: Unity in Design

After the success of the first talk in the new LIS Reflections Series at our AGM in May, we are very pleased to announce the next in the series – Unity in Design: Landscape Architects and Architects working together.  This talk, to coincide with the Festival of Architecture, will celebrate a highly successful collaboration between architects and landscape architects. Chris Rankin (rankinfraser landscape architecture) and Neil Gillespie (Reiach and Hall Architects) will be speaking about their recent award winning collaboration on the … Read full story

Making Space 2016: Our Space award

Children in Scotland in association with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, has announced an international competition for excellence in architecture and design for children and young people. Awards will be presented under four categories: Health, Home, Learning, Play, alongside an ‘Our Space’ award, voted for by the general public. Submissions are sought for the ‘Our Space’ award, a special category inviting entries from the professionals and communities who see first-hand … Read full story

RTPI Scotland Annual Conference – Empowering Planning, Transforming Spaces

Planning is going through a time of change. The Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System has outlined the potential of the system and put forward a range of possible solutions. A White Paper on planning will be published by the end of the year to be followed by a Planning Bill, regulations, guidance and advice. So what type of planning system do we want and need? What does this look like? And what do we need to do to … Read full story

SepTimber – a CPD series looking at timber in construction

This September A&DS Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials, are teaming up with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good  and  Edinburgh Napier University present this CPD series looking at timber in construction. Solid Timber Laminate Systems – Seminar This afternoon seminar will take place on 21st September from 1.45 – 5.45pm in : Gallery 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU The past 25 years have witnessed extraordinary advances in timber technology, with a range of solid wood systems emerging that have challenged existing approaches … Read full story

1st International UK BIM Academic Forum Conference

The 1st UK BIM Academic Forum (BAF) Conference will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, 13th-15th September 2016. The conference aims to provide a platform for bringing together academics and practitioners involved with BIM research and development as well as implementation to exchange the state-of-the-art ideas in this field. Building Information Modelling (BIM) offers a new paradigm for efficiencies in project delivery and the industry is gradually gearing up towards delivering BIM-enabled projects. The concepts behind BIM technologies and processes … Read full story

Capability Brown – His Legacy In Scotland

In honour of his 300th birthday, Scotland’s Garden & Landscape Heritage are running a festival to celebrate the life and works of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. In order to focus on Mr Brown’s Scottish work and legacy, SGLH are holding a lecture for their members titled Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: His Legacy In Scotland. The lecture will take place at 6:30pm on Monday the 7th of November at St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA, tickets will be £5.00. … Read full story

Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) has announced an upcoming interactive conference titled Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the New Century, which will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of August 2016. To mark the conference, PAS has developed a new awards programme to encourage all young people to engage in their local place. The Patrick Geddes Young Placemaker award will use the Geddes approach of ‘survey, analysis, plan’ to help make better and more inclusive places for the benefit of … Read full story