Infrastructure Commission appointed

Group to look at 30 year strategy for Scotland’s infrastructure needs. An independent commission to advise on a 30 year strategy for infrastructure investment has appointed its final members. The group, chaired by Ian Russell CBE, will provide independent, informed advice on the vision, ambition and priorities for infrastructure in Scotland. The newly appointed commissioners are Professor Iain Docherty, Ken Gillespie, Benny Higgins, Mary Pitcaithly OBE, Rachel Skinner, Grahame Smith, Sara Thiam, John Trower and Professor Janette Webb. Cabinet Secretary … Read full story

8th Annual Integrated Land Use Conference 2019 – Conflict Management

The Integrated Land Use Conference began in 2012 with the aim to bring together our land use-based students from across the Highlands and Islands to both meet and learn from one another. Three types of activity operate together to provide students with a comprehensive experience including field talks with interactive and practical elements, conference style talks, and student-led group tasks that run throughout the event, addressing specific integrated land use issues. This event also provides a forum for students to … Read full story

Scotland’s Towns Partnership – Upcoming Towns & Improvement Districts Events

Looking to develop your skills, knowledge and networks to help support Scotland’s places? Check out the latest events tailored to those who have a stake in our towns and improvement districts! Please see below for information on: CPG Towns Meeting: Creativity and Culture, Wednesday 13th March (Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh) Annual Parliamentary Reception: A Celebration of Small & Rural Towns, Tuesday 26th March (Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh) Introduction to Local Economic Development: Challenging Times for Scotland’s Towns, Wednesday 27th March (Architecture & … Read full story

New SNH Landscape Charcater Assessment web pages now published

In the European Landscape Convention definition ‘Landscape’ means an area, as perceived by people, whose visual features and character are the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors. All landscapes combine natural components (such as geology, soils and watercourses) and human influences (such as settlement and land use) with cultural perceptions (such as history, social associations and aesthetic values). Landscape Character is created by the way the physical components come together and can be defined as “a distinct, recognisable and … Read full story

Design Council launches Inclusive Environments CPD

Design Council’s free online Inclusive Environments CPD is launched today. Built environment professionals will benefit from completing this one-hour course, providing them with an increased understanding and knowledge of inclusive design as standard practice at a national level. This course has been funded by partners including the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and developed in partnership with the key institutes and experts on Inclusive Design across the UK. Inclusive Environments is a Design Council initiative to raise awareness … Read full story

Social housing and green infrastructure design fund launched

SFHA are working in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, Architecture and Design Scotland and Scottish Government to support more innovative, greener designs in the housing sector. Building on the social housing sector’s track record for leading innovation, SFHA have announced an exciting opportunity for a path-finding social housing provider to access a package of financial and design support to help deliver an innovative social housing development that maximises the benefits of the vegetated land and water within and around housing sites. … Read full story

Scottish Land Commission champions engagement process for successful land management

A new Protocol and toolkit that sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use is launched today by the Scottish Land Commission. The Protocol supports the Guidance on Engaging Communities in decisions relating to land, which was published by the Scottish Government in April last year.  It is the first in a series of Protocols that the Land Commission will produce to encourage practical implementation … Read full story

World Monuments Fund – Nominate a Site to the 2020 Watch

The world’s most treasured sites are sustained by people who are passionate about their future. That’s why the World Monuments Fund need your help. The Watch Program The World Monuments Watch is a global program that uses cultural heritage conservation to improve the resilience of communities, enhance social inclusion, and build new capacities in the heritage conservation field and beyond. The 2020 World Monuments Watch will include 25 sites from around the world in need of urgent action, each site telling a local … Read full story

My Place Awards and My Place Photography Competition

My Place Scotland have opened nominations for their 2019 awards To find out more about how to nominate work for the 2019 My Place Scotland awards, go to the My Place Scotland Website    In addition to these awards, My Place Scotland will be running its Young People’s Photography award again this year. This award is aimed at encouraging young people to explore their built environments in a creative way using photography as means of investigation and creative expression. For full … Read full story

Scottish Government Action Against Flooding

£713,000 to increase community resilience Communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £700,000 additional funding to improve flood protection. This includes £300,000 to support the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in its role as the national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority this year. It is also proposed to increase by a further £200,000 to £1.6 million for 2019/20. The ‘Scottish Flood Forum’ will receive £33,000 in 2019/20 to work with stakeholders to raise awareness … Read full story

National Lottery Heritage Fund Unveils Plans for the Next Five years

National Lottery Heritage Fund – A major devolution of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years. Decisions on around 80% of all funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is changing its name from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be made in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and three new English areas. The new approach: … Read full story

Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Presentation and AGM

Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 12:15PM – 2:00PM Venue: The Usual Place, Academy Street, Dumfries. DG1 1BZ Organiser: RTPI Scotland Hear McNabb Laurie give a presentation on the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership. The Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery funded initiative undertaking a series of projects across the area to ‘connect people, communities and their heritage’. The scheme has received £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery, matched funding will increase the total amount of investment to more than £5million … Read full story

RSA Edinburgh Area: Shaping New Places Through the Human-Centred Smart City

Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 18:00 – 19:45 Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh TICKETS CAN BE BOOKED HERE How can the ‘Smart City’ be imagined as a place for people, where technology is servant, not master? How is the ‘Smart City’ understood by different cities internationally? How are wellbeing and human flourishing, climate change, inclusive growth, and other pressing agendas addressed through this concept? If not ‘smart’ then what would a city be? These are the questions that will … Read full story

Local Place Plan Survey

The Planning (Scotland) Bill will give communities the right to develop proposals for the development and use of land through a new type of plan, known as a Local Place Plan. The aim of these Local Place Plans is to significantly enhance community engagement in development planning, empowering communities to play a proactive role in defining the future of their place. Local Place Plans will be able to influence planning at two key points. Firstly, the preparation of the local … Read full story

Landscape and Social Value Workshops

Announcing Landscape and Social Value workshops to aid in the development of SESARF, Tuesday 5th February. SESARF stands for South East Scotland Archaeological Research Framework and is under development by South East Scotland Archaeology Partnership in conjunction with Wessex Archaeology and with support from Historic Environment Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries for Scotland. SESARF has been under development by SESAP (South East Scotland Archaeology Partnership) and Wessex Archaeology since June 2017. The Regional Research Framework (RRF) will cover the council … Read full story

Community Empowerment & Landscape – A Discussion

Rachel Tennant, Chair Landscape Institute Scotland, calls for a united approach to landscape, place and change to ensure Scotland’s landscapes are embedded in communities. I attended with interest this discussion chaired by BEFS in Partnership with Community Land Scotland and Inherit following on from the publication of the research report ‘Community Empowerment and Landscape’ in September this year. The report examines the relationship between communities of place and landscape designations. The debate was wide ranging in attempting to distil the positive … Read full story

Landscape Institute Scotland Update 2018-2019

2018 was an exciting year for the Landscape Institute Scotland and we are hoping to continue and expand our work in aid of Scotland’s landscapes and landscape professionals this year. Here are some of the things we have been involved with in 2018   Raise the Political and Public Profile of Landscape & Place ‘Landscape for Scotland’ – We followed the launch of this major policy document with a Senior Practitioners Forum in May 2018 and a facilitated debate in June at the … Read full story

Early years and landscape architecture

A workshop with Senior Practitioners in August 2018 on the Scottish Governments Early Years Agenda. The output of the discussion formed part of a workshop on early years at the Education Buildings Scotland conference November 21/22, 2018, EICC, Edinburgh hosted by Scottish Government. The results of the work were further developed with young people and presented to John Swinney Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills The key outcomes for the profession are:- More outdoor learning space … Read full story

Help shape the future of the River Clyde and Govan-Partick

As part of the implementation of the City Development Plan, ‘Strategic Development Frameworks’ (SDFs) are being prepared for 6 areas of major spatial change across the city. These SDFs are key instruments for implementing the Council’s strategic priorities, linking spatial planning and placemaking objectives with the priorities of communities.  The Council are now consulting on draft versions of the River Clyde SDF and the Govan-Partick SDF. These SDF documents along with an introductory document providing further information with regard to … Read full story

Housing Beyond 2021

LIS committee member and Director at IWA, Nick Bowen, was invited to attend a stakeholder engagement event for Housing Beyond 2021, which was hosted by the Scottish government Planning and Architecture Division. It was an opportunity to press the case for the role of landscape and placemaking in helping achieve better social and environmental value from future housing delivery. Two workshops were held, in Glasgow and Edinburgh. They were attended by a range of social housing organisations, Architects, SNH landscape … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design With Nature – A Celebration

Exhibition/event Rationale: The exhibition is planned to celebrate the 50th year since the publication of Ian McHarg’s seminal text ‘Design With Nature’. The text had a huge impact on the profession of landscape architecture, shifting its focus from an aesthetic basis towards a large-scale ecological approach. The text also had a great influence on the wider associated professions of planning and ecology and led to the development of Landscape Urbanism, an approach that underpins many influential contemporary design practices. So … Read full story

RIBA House of the Year 2018

Lochside House by HaysomWardMiller Architects has won RIBA House of the Year 2018. Lochside House is a modest, sustainable home which sits in a magical location on the edge of a Scottish lake in the West Highlands. Designed bespoke for the needs of the owner – a ceramic artist – the house is completely off-grid and engages with the wild landscape; from the roofs that echo the distant mountains to large windows which make the most of the stunning views. The … Read full story

Regeneration Plan for Nairn Wins National ‘Future Town’ Design Competition

A plan to revitalise the Highland town of Nairn has been voted by the public as winner of the national ‘FutureTown’ Design Competition. The plan was submitted by #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE) and which seeks to celebrate the legacy of Hamish Hey, who passed away in February 2017. Hamish’s parents stated on the application that “the creation of special community spaces, places and facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy…would be an … Read full story

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, from the detail of processing to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism. The Judges have recognised Glasgow City Council with an Overall Award for its Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership project. This multi-agency partnership team have grown, organically, together over a 10-year period. What also came across from the project was a realistic attitude … Read full story

Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy has launched ‘Celebrating Archaeology in Scotland 2018’, The new magazine celebrates the best of Scotland’s Archaeology and shows how Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy is being delivered. If you would like your project to feature in future publications, you can fill out a case study form as well as provide feedback on the magazine here. … Read full story

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

Architecture Career Exploration Day

Access to Creative Education Scotland. (ACES) Held an Architecture Insight on Friday 18th October at ESALA. Alex Burton inspired an audience of S4-S6 students into choosing a career in Landscape Architecture : Key points in his presentation include – what is Landscape Architecture, who might be interested in it, and where it could lead and his own pathway into Landscape Architecture and his current role ‘ … Read full story

Scottish Towns Partnership Funding Finder November 2018

Scottish Towns Partnership have released a Funding Finder document on Regeneration, Environment, Energy, Healthy Towns, Culture and Arts, Employment and Training, Innovation and Growth and Community Funding which can be viewed in full here. The LIS are a member organisation of the Scottish Town’s Partnership and we encourage all our members to look through the document     … Read full story

LI Awards – Scottish Commended Entrees

The LIS would like to congratulate all Scottish practices and members who were highly commended at the LI Awards this year. Find out more about the projects and portfolios that were commended below   erz – The Royal Edinburgh Hospital Highly commended: Adding Value Through Landscape Judges said: This could be a game changer in terms of how acute mental health care is delivered    Rankinfraser – The Dunbar Battery Highly commended: Design for a small scale environment Judges said: … Read full story

The Liveable City Conference 2018

The Liveable City – Edinburgh 13/14/15 November 2018 More and more people live in ever larger cities around the world. It creates a host of challenges, and it has put the question of how to create liveable cities for all on top of the international agenda.  The Danish Embassy organised The Liveable City conference in Edinburgh in partnership with A&DS and RIAS. Denmark has a long tradition of creating beautiful cities with healthy residents and a high quality of living, and The … Read full story

PhD Opportunity – Landscape, Infrastructure and Ecology: Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture through the work of Mark Turnbull

This is a fees-only scholarship which will cover your annual tuition fees (around £4,260). The scholarship is also included in a wider open funding competition which may lead to a full scholarship being offered. We will confirm the funding available before we issue any offers. The Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) and the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) aims to launch a project that will build on the unique holdings of the LIS Archives and the academic and research experience of … 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