FutureTown Design Competition 2019

FutureTown Design 2019: Open for Applications! What changes would you like to see in your town or city neighbourhood? How could your local place be adapted or transformed for the benefit of this and future generations? Share your vision in this innovative national competition! Organised by national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. … Read full story

Creating a buzz in development – how can developers help Scotland’s pollinators?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, PH1 3EW Who is it for? The development and environment sectors, encompassing planners, consultants, architects, landscape architects, land managers, maintenance contractors and others who may be involved with land development. Why attend? Scotland’s pollinators face many challenges, particularly in urban areas where green space and good habitat may be limited. All developments have the unique opportunity to improve the environment for pollinators by incorporating pollinator habitat into high-quality, multi-functional places for people … Read full story

Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019

The Future of our Cities and the Role of Planning Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019   27 June 2019 / Edinburgh Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities will explore the future of our cities at the Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019, which will take place in Edinburgh on the evening of 27 June. Centre for Cities is the leading think tank dedicated to improving the performance of UK city economies. Andrew has over 20 years … Read full story

SNH Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

In February 2019 SNH published a reviewed national Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) in digital format on its website. LCA is the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape. It provides baseline information used in development planning, and in landscape design and development management. A follow-up LCA Workshop is to be held on Thursday 13th June 2019 at the SNH Battleby Conference Centre from 10.30 – 15.30, primarily for landscape and planning practitioners, although other interested parties … Read full story

A Landscape of One’s Own?

Recently, a growing interest in feminist research in landscape design has been demonstrated in the work of landscape architecture students at Edinburgh College of Art and has begun to emerge in the profession. In response to this surge of interest critically questioning both the role of women in the landscape architecture profession and the prevalence of male dominated apparatus and discourses in the field, it appears timely and necessary to create a meaningful cross disciplinary and trans-scholarly forum in order … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019

The Architecture Fringe festival is back for 2019 with a whole host of events based around design, planning and place. Below is a list of festival events that the LIS believes will interest landscape architects specifically. For the full programme of events at the festival, see the Architecture Fringe website Using Real Spaces – Lego Serious Play workshop: Using the innovative Lego Serious Play method, we will explore how we use real spaces to engage the public Balance: An exhibition of … Read full story

Planning for Great Places webinar

Wind farm visualisations  – Wednesday, June 5, 13.00 Host: Brendan Turvey (Strategic Planning Manager – Renewables) This session will provide a recap on the ‘Visual representation of wind farms’ guidance from SNH, last updated in 2017. It will cover some of the technical aspects of the guidance, provide examples of good practice and provide an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on the guidance. To register for the next webinar on Wind farm visualisations please see here … Read full story

Reflections: A Design for Ageing and LIS AGM

As part of the 2019 AGM, the LIS hosted the most recent Reflections series talk, A Design of Ageing. Centered around the theme picked by the first Mark Turnbull Travel Award winner, Dr Amber Roberts, for her international research project that she conducted with her winnings from the award. Dr Roberts spoke first, detailing what she discovered on her travels. Her full report can be found here and her talk can be viewed below: Our other speakers were Professor Catharine Ward … Read full story

SNH Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

In February 2019 Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published a reviewed national Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) in digital format on its website. LCA is the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape. It provides baseline information used in development planning, and in landscape design and development management.   A follow-up LCA Workshop is to be held on Thursday, 13th June 2019 at the SNH Battleby Conference Centre from 10.30 – 15.30, primarily for landscape and planning practitioners, although other interested parties may wish to attend. The … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award 2019

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Using overseas travel to gain an insight into best and innovative landscape practice to address some of the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. This award will benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as the practice of landscape architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country. Mark Turnbull and his Learning from Travel Mark Turnbull … Read full story

LIS Reflections: Glasgow Avenues

The LIS was pleased to host the most recent in our series of Reflections talks, focusing on the Glasgow Avenues project. Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre, as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme. This will see streetscape improvements made to the public realm with the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre, to form an integrated network of continuous … Read full story

SuDSsource – the 2019 National SuDS Conference

SuDSsource provides opportunities for occasional SuDS focused Conferences and a forum for new ideas and conversation. Following successful events in 2012 and 2014, our next conference – Innovation in SuDS Design – will be at: The Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield on 15th May 2019 It will be preceded in the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May by an informal meeting with partners from Local Authorities using the ‘SuDS Design and Evaluation Guide’ prepared in 2018 for Local Authorities in England. Conference themes – … Read full story

Scottish Landscape Alliance launch

    Launch of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance The Biosphere, Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh Thursday, 25th April 2019: 10.00am – 1.30pm   Scotland’s Landscape Alliance was formally launched on the 25th April 2019 by Co-Chairs of the Executive Committee, Rachel Tennant, Landscape Institute Scotland Chair and Stuart Brooks Head of Conservation and Policy for National Trust for Scotland. Over 90 people and 65 organisations were represented and the launch was supported by Gillian Martin MSP and Convener of the Environment, … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019 – Lighthouse Takeover

This year’s core programme exploring the In Real Life [IRL]provocation will see the Architecture Fringe production team take over The Lighthouse in central Glasgow for the whole of June. They will be packing the building with new commissioned work, key events and their always-a-sell-out opening party. Early highlights of the core programme include an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene and an exhibition investigating the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings by some of the UK’s most exciting practices including Ann Nisbet Studio and You + Pea. The big lecture this year will … Read full story

Green Plan It 2019

Want to inspire the next generation to grow? RHS looking for volunteers from the horticultural industry to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019. Over ten weeks, you’ll help students to plan and create a model garden for their school or community and support them to share their ideas. You’ll offer inspiration to enable young people to make their own decisions about their ideal green space! As a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to: … Read full story

Loch Lomond and Trossachs draft Trees and Woodland Strategy

Share your views Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have published a draft Trees and Woodland Strategy for public consultation and we would like to hear your views. The strategy is a key document to be used by land owners, land managers, residents and forestry professionals when formulating forestry proposals in the National Park. With this in mind, it’s important to us everyone with an interest in woodlands in the National Park is given an opportunity to have their … Read full story

Cross Party Group on Rural Policy – 12th March Meeting report

The Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy met on Tuesday, 12th March 2019.   The topic of the meeting was ‘Rural Poverty and Health Inequalities’, chaired by Emma Harper, MSP for the South Scotland Region. Five speakers from different social agencies and a PhD student from Aberdeen University presented the work they carry out in different areas of rural Scotland.   A report of discussions from the meeting can be downloaded HERE Find out more about … Read full story

SNH Planning for Great Places Webinar Series

SNH is delivering a series of ‘Planning for Great Places’ webinars, covering various development and natural heritage related topics. These 30 minute webinars are intended to enable practitioners to overcome issues that arise in planning casework and deliver the best possible outcomes for nature. Each webinar will include a short presentation to be followed by a Q&A session with the host and panellists.   The series will be hosted on the first Wednesday of every month at lunchtime (1pm).   … Read full story

IUCN consulting on global standard for Nature Based Solutions

The aim of this standard is to mainstream NBS beyond the conservation sector, whilst ensuring the term continues to be used in a robust, knowledge-based way. This standard is currently undergoing consultation, before a second version is launched that will include guidance over criteria and indicators and will also introduce a proposed verification tool. Have your say in he process … Read full story

Review papers: Urban ecosystem services

An American research team engages with the challenges and opportunities inherent in managing urban forests, focusing on the potential of an ecosystem-based approach. Read more. Whereas, this (sadly not open access) review challenges itself to identify strategies to more efficiently, effectively and equitably implement nature-based solutions, across highly variable global cities. Continue. … Read full story

Making better Policies and Plans for Green Infrastructure : A Self Assessment Checklist

Monday, March 25, 2019 1:00 pm In order to integrate local planning processes with environment policy throughout the UK new ways of working are required. While some local development plans demonstrate best practice in integrating the environment into all parts of this process, new tools are required. In this webinar Prof. Alister Scott (University of Northumbria) and Max Hislop (Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership) will discuss a self-assessment checklist, designed to equip planners and other professionals to make … Read full story

BRASÍLIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN

Thursday 25th April  Room 1.264, UoE School of Law, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL 6pm – 9pm Come and watch a most amazing documentary film about life in the capital of Brazil: “BRASILIA: Life After Design” with Iberodocs, SEDA and Camões The city of Brasília – the capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert. In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012 and urbanist Lúcio Costa 1902-1998 invented an urban plan and structures that would … Read full story

Scottish Natural Heritage short film competition: Why invest in nature?

Welcome to our competition! This is a short film contest for young people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature. At Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Forum of Natural Capital (SFNC), we want to give businesses and policymakers a better understanding of how they rely on and have an impact on nature, to make sure that Scotland’s environment can thrive. And there are some great cash prizes up for grabs! We want your help to communicate with … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation & LIS AGM

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Ensuring Resilience for the Profession DESIGN FOR AN AGEING POPULATION Tickets are free but we ask that you book through EventBrite Weds 24th April 2019 6.15-8.10 pm Hunter Lecture Theatre, Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF Programme 5.45 – 6.15: Registration and Refreshments 6.15: Introduction to the Mark Turnbull Travel Award and speakers by Rachel Tennant, Chair LIS 6.20 – 6.45: Dr Amber Roberts: Winner of … Read full story

Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit

Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit was designed by Corra Foundation and Scotland’s Towns Partnership, with support from Scottish Government. As three organisations with an interest in place, the aim was to bring together leadership from across Scotland to call on them to embrace the Place Principle and place-based working as means of achieving inclusive growth and regeneration, and to be bold, ambitious and optimistic about the future. The day was structured into three parts: The first section of the day focused … Read full story

Supporting the Architecture Fringe 2019

Why support the Architecture Fringe? Hello! Would you like to be a part of Scotland’s largest festival of architecture – the Architecture Fringe – and help make it the best it can be? Yes. Your support make’s a huge difference to what the festival can do and by supporting the Architecture Fringe you’ll be helping to grow and develop one of the most exciting grassroots creative platforms in Europe, encompassing the built environment, public space, art and politics. With your … Read full story

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

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

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

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

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