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

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

SNH & HES Consultation on Local Landscape Area (LLA) Guidance

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are currently consulting on revised guidance on Local Landscape Areas (LLAs). The revised guidance aims to help Planning Authorities identify or review their local landscape designations and maximise their benefits.  SNH & HES would like you to comment how useful you think the guidance will be, and how it might be improved? You can find out more about the consultation HERE and HERE Download the draft guidance HERE The consultation is open until Friday, … 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

Skills Scotland 2016 – Glasgow & Edinburgh

Skills Scotland Glasgow – LIS were invited to share the CITB stand at the Skills Scotland event  taking place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the 26th and 27th October and in Edinburgh on the 8th November  . This is the annual careers event for final year students in the West of Scotland. James Spence Watson was ably assisted by Ambassadors Andrew McLatchie of DWA Landscape Architects and Robert Hewitt, Landscape Architect, Environment and Ground Engineering, AECOM. … Read full story

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

On Wednesday, 7th December the Landscape Institute announced the names of the 70 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise. The pass rate remained high at 80%. Amongst the successful candidates were eight Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) members First Name Last Name Company Mentor Alexandra Gardiner Energised Environments Andy Follis Jenny Elliott HERE + NOW Liz Thomas Kirsty Knott Rankinfraser landscape architecture Liane Bauer Marie Davis Ian White Associates John Farquhar Naomh Turbett Connon … Read full story

Greener Gardens

GREENER GARDENS PROJECT AIMS TO GROW IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE Part of an innovative project that will provide free water butts to 80 new homes As Scotland sees 2016 as the opportunity to focus on Innovation, Architecture and Design, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has been working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and academia on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project – that looks at how gardens of new homes can be used to contribute to green … 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

Festival of Architecture 2016: An invitation to participate

  The Committee of the Landscape Institute Scotland is pleased to announce an exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh which will run at about the same time as the finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016. The purpose is to showcase Landscape Institute Scotland’s members’ work by celebrating the balance between architecture and landscape, underlining the links between the disciplines. The emphasis is on architecture in the context of landscape. Material for the exhibition can be historical or … Read full story

LIS FOA2016 – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector – A Competition: Awards Presentation

  Eight teams entered the competition and six submitted proposals. Judging and presentation of awards took place on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. The LIS would like to thank the team of judges: Noel Farrer (Past President of the LI), Bill Cairns FLI, Jill Gerber of Cyril Gerber Fine Art and Compass Gallery, Sandy Robinson (Scottish Government Architect) and Glasgow architect and Past President of GIA Fiona Sinclair. The judging team was … Read full story

UK Plant Health Guidance – Xylella fastidiosa

In mid-September, a highly informative three-day event was held on the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa at the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). The first morning was an open session for scientist, policy makers and those working across the forest industry.  This included talks from European and UK scientists and Plant Health inspectors on the current outbreaks in Italy and France, the EU Directives and Emergency Control Measures that are being undertaken – and the practical application of these … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes: Landscape Institute Scotland symposium

  Speakers: Bob Bray, Principal of Robert Bray Associates  – SuDS in everyday living Dr Rebecca Wade, Urban Water Technology Centre at Abertay University Danny McKendry, Landscape Architect at Architecture + Design Scotland – SuDS and Placemaking Andrew Hemingway, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Regulation, opportunity and best practice David Winter, Scottish Water – Sewers for Scotland : present and future Swaantje Ridegh, Scottish Natural Heritage – The benefits and opportunities of SuDS   Summary 51 attended this event on … 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

Scottish Design Awards 2016 – Winners Announced

Now in its 19th year the Scottish Design Awards reward top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary design culture. The awards are open to all Scottish companies and those outwith who have a Scottish client. The awards are exclusive to Scotland to celebrate the best design and architecture in the country. The awards are organised by The Drum – the UK’s leading marketing magazine that covers all aspects of the modern creative industries. We are … 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

Call for members to promote the landscape profession in Scotland

We need your help – our accredited university courses must attract more UK students to ensure a good supply of future professionals! We are looking for LIS members, from students through to fellows, to sign up for the Ambassador for Landscape scheme in Scotland to help promote the profession. With only one LI accredited landscape course in this region at Edinburgh College of Art, it is extremely important that LI members provide support to the university, to inspire the next generation of … 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

Review of the Scottish Planning System

In September 2015, an independent panel was appointed by Scottish Ministers to review the Scottish planning system. The report of the panel, “Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places” was published on May 31, 2016. A statement from the panel is also available to view. Scottish Ministers published their response to the report of the independent planning review panel on July 11, 2016. Further information on the programme of collaborative work to be undertaken by the Scottish Government can be found on the Planning & Architecture … Read full story

Landscape Institute EGM – Vote by Friday, 22nd July 2016

If you are a CMLI or Fellow, you are eligible to vote in relation to changes in Landscape Institute governance. Just over a year ago, Noel Farrer, past-president of the Landscape Institute made a commitment to changing the way in which the LI is governed in order to make it more democratic and more accessible to a wider range of landscape practitioners. At an EGM held in July 2015, eleven of twelve motions debated received a high level of support from members. … Read full story

Landscape Institute Archives: MERL Report 2013 – 2016

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading has published a summary report for the years 2013-2016 on their Landscape Institute Archive Collections. The library includes books and journals about landscape architecture, garden history and landscape and urban planning. The archive contains press cuttings, minutes, membership lists, financial papers, Institute publications, slide library and an album containing the Institute’s royal seal, logo and name badge. The associated archive collections include the business records of significant landscape architects including founder member of the … Read full story