Understanding Scotland’s New Planning Act: What do you need to know about the new planning system?

OVERVIEW View Conference Agenda The Scottish Government’s new Planning Act for Scotland has reached Stage 2 consideration in the Scottish Parliament and is expected to complete its Parliamentary process to become law in early 2019. This conference is timed to coincide with the passing of the new Act into law. It will examine the content of the new planning laws, explaining how they will change the planning process and system, and will outline the implications of those changes for planners, … Read full story

AGM & Debate: Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

This event is FREE but places are limited. Please register your interest in EventBrite Linda Fabiani MSP, invites you to attend the AGM for the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. The meeting will include a debate and discussion asking, ‘How can the CPG become an agent of change?’ Quality architecture and well-designed places improve people’s health and wellbeing; build vibrant, engaged communities; support inclusive growth; deliver sustainability; and provide opportunities for all. How can the CPG … Read full story

Education Buildings Scotland 2018

Date: 21 – 22 November 2018 Venue: EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE Education Buildings Scotland Exhibition, Conference and Awards Dinner brings the Scottish education built environment and policy professionals together from early years, schools, colleges and universities for two days under one roof. Whether attendees are looking at adding new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or ongoing maintenance Education Buildings Scotland is here to help them. The full programme of events for the day can be … Read full story

Realising the gains from natural connections – EcoCoLife conference 2018

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 STEP Scotland, Stirling, FK7 7RP, Scotland This conference celebrates the near completion of the EU LIFE supported EcoCoLife project and will look forward to ensuring that lessons learnt from its experiences and successes and those of other landscape scale projects are captured to inform future landscape scale conservation approaches that will benefit people and wildlife. Conference Aim “To build a consensus on the benefits of habitat networks at a landscape scale, and how to maximise them … Read full story

Wellbeing as Foundation for Learning: Education Buildings Scotland Conference 2018

In one week’s time The Education Buildings Scotland Conference will bring together different sectors across the learning estate to celebrate what works in re-thinking spaces for learning. The conference allows them to share insights on what’s possible to support improvement. In the run up to the event A&DS has invited a number of design professionals to share their ideas. The focus of the blogs is on the voice of young people. Please come to see us at the Education Buildings … Read full story

Active Travel Conference 2019

Call for Content! Walking Cycling Connecting Communities National Active Travel Conference will take place on 12 June 2019, at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. Following the success of the 10th anniversary event in May of this year in Perth, the 2019 event will seek to build on the breadth of organisations and voices represented at the conference. With key topics in focus including Accessibility, Technology and Transport Poverty, the conference has a working title of: “Widening Access to Active Travel” We are … Read full story

Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture; Eco Max 4

Sandy Liddell Halliday will share Howard’s enthusiasm about Ian McHarg – the Scottish Landscape Architect and pioneer of regional planning using natural systems. Born in Clydebank, Ian McHarg (1920-2001) established the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His book Design with Nature (1969) pioneered “Ecological Planning” and is a seminal book on landscape architecture and land-use planning. Date: 22 November 2018 Venue: Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU Time: 18:00 – … Read full story

The Liveable City Conference

The Royal Danish Embassy in the UK, together with the RIAS and Architecture & Design Scotland are hosting a series of seminars as part of the Liveable City conference. Subjects include; how to create healthy cities, age friendly housing, masterplanning and urban development, energy efficiency and university campuses. Date: 13 – 15 November 2018 Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel,80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 TH1 Cost: FREE   Book your ticket here … Read full story

Community Empowerment and Landscape

Date: Monday 3rd December 2018, from 15:00 – 17:30. Venue: ECCI, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ. BEFS is pleased to be holding this event, in partnership with Community Land Scotland and INHERIT, to look at the positive steps that can be taken towards empowering community participation. Community Land Scotland and INHERIT published their report Community Empowerment and Landscape in September 2018, examining the relationship between communities of place and landscape designations. Join BEFS to hear from Calum Macleod, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland, and Dr … Read full story

Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

DECEMBER 05, 2018 AT 12:30PM – 2PM Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres on Wednesday 5 December 2018. In December’s meeting we will hear from expert speakers and the latest initiatives on how to create Clean, Green and Sustainable Towns as well as the benefits of these for local communities and economies. There will also be time for both networking and speaker Q&A, with refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful. The … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architecture Fringe 2018 – February Meet Up

  Join Architecture Fringe for a morning of good ideas, good chat and good people this Saturday at the February meet-up for the Architecture Fringe 2018. The meeting will be at Custom Lane in Edinburgh on Saturday 03 February 2018, 10:15 for 10:30am til 1pm. Tea, coffee, cake! – Custom Lane, 67 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LH 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 … Read full story

BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018- Towards a Digital Built Scotland

FutureScot is delighted to announce BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018- Towards a Digital Built Scotland, a full-day conference examining Scotland’s ‘digital revolution’ for the built environment. The digital transformation of the industry is well underway, offering a new paradigm for efficiencies in project delivery, equating to what industry experts are calling a ‘digital construction revolution’. This conference will bring together industry experts to discuss innovative ways to improve performance, efficiency, data management and reduce costs, as well as examine new technologies … Read full story

EAA CPD: Planning Applications

EAA CPD : Planning Applications Date: Wednesday the 21st of February. 6pm till 7pm Location: Room G.06. University of Edinburgh Guidance on National Standards for the Validation and Determination of Planning Applications and other related consent Speaker: Nancy Jamieson, City of Edinburgh Council Tickets can be booked HERE. A talk on the general principles, validation requirements and related documentation. Exploring common pit falls and confirming assured way to successful application for consents. There will be ample discussion time also for any … Read full story

Mackentosh 150

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of famed Glaswegian designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Mackintosh Group is hosting a year long programme of events exploring his lasting legacy. For full details of all events that will be part of the celebrations, please see the Glasgow Mackintosh Group website. … Read full story

The David Skinner Memorial Lecture 2018

This year the David Skinner Memorial Lecture will be given by Henry Bava, co-founder of Agence Ter. It promises to be a fantastic and fascinating evening for everyone who comes along. This year, the lecture is moving from it’s normal venue to the Basement Theatre, Adam House, 3 Chamber Street, Edinburgh. It will be from 7pm on Wednesday the 28th of March, with matriculated ESALA students able to attend for free and other tickets costing £5 on the door.Make sure to … Read full story

Upcoming Pathway to Chartership courses

For anyone looking for some guidance with upcoming P2C exams, Landscape:LED and the LI will be running courses over the next few months to assist you. Landscape:LED will be running Pathway to Chartership: Professional Practice for Landscape Architects, a two day seminar, from Thursday the 6th of February to Friday the 7th. For more details, including how to book, please see here. The LI will be running their Professional Practice Course for Landscape Architects across the 10th, 17th and 24th … Read full story

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