Congratulations to the Scottish winners and finalists at the LI Awards!

Last week, the Landscape Institute ran their annual awards online. A huge range of fantastic projects were on display, and the LIS is thrilled with the response to Scottish projects this year. We would like to offer congratulations to all LI Award winners and finalists The full shortlist of all winners and finalists can be viewed here, and you can read more about Scottish entries below. Winner of the Building with Nature National Award 2020: Forth Valley Hospital and Larbert … Read full story

Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Project : Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal – A Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by LUC LUC supported the consenting of the Canna community renewable electricity system In 2016 LUC was appointed by Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd. (CREEL) to undertake a Landscape and Visual Appraisal to support the planning application for a community-owned renewable electricity system. The system includes six wind turbines, solar PV cells, and battery storage technologies all sited on the island, which is owned by the National Trust and is within the Small Isles National Scenic Area (NSA). … Read full story

Bowling Harbour Viaduct – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by RankinFraser Client: Scottish Canals with Sustrans and West Dunbartonshire Council The proposed Bowling Viaduct regeneration project represents a significant investment in public space, green infrastructure and tourist facilities by Scottish Canals, Sustrans and West Dunbartonshire Council. The viaduct forms part of the disused Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway line that spans the Forth and Clyde Canal, the current rail line to Balloch and the A814 Dumbarton Road, and overlooks the western termination of the Forth and Clyde Canal. This … Read full story

Designing with Nature in Town and City

Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 16:00 –Thu, 12 Nov 2020, 18:00 GMT Join the Academy of Urbanism to explore the legacy of Ian McHarg and Design with Nature in his centenary year 2020 marks the centenary of Ian McHarg; landscape architect, ecologist and urbanist, and native of Glasgow Clydebank. Through two online sessions, we will celebrate McHarg’s authorship of Design with Nature in 1969, as well as his position as founding Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University … Read full story

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance – Online event 20th October 2020

Landscape and Place for Success – A Call to Action The SLA held the online launch event of Landscape and Place for Success (Read here) on 20th October 2020 which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention and International Landscape Day. The event highlighted the need for continued support to ensure a collective focus on the importance of landscape and place in delivering its many future benefits that are essential to Scotland’s National Outcomes and a Green Recovery. … Read full story

Change in use of green and open space following COVID-19 lockdown – A Public Health Scotland Report

Public Health Scotland’s cross-disciplinary team is currently involved in many different aspects of COVID-19 related research. They are engaging in research to understand the impact of the pandemic on population health and inequalities in collaboration with key partners, including Public Health Scotland. They are also providing advice and expert commentary to leaders, practitioners and the media. The main findings of Public Health Scotland’s work so far are that: Use of green and open space was polarised during lockdown. Some people … Read full story

Future Fort August, Caledonian Canal – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by HarrisonStevens Client: Scottish Canals Completion: Engagement October 2019 Through community events the Future Fort Augustus project focus is on delivering upon the Community Action Plan 2018 -2023, the production of an integrated masterplan for the village centre, and providing proposals for public realm improvements around the lock flight at the heart of the village. There are three outcomes to the study: An Integrated Future (Masterplan) Our Shared Future Vision. The masterplan presents a shared vision for the future … Read full story

Wardie Bay Community Work – a Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong Following last year’s efforts during the Wardie Bay beach clean with the Marine Conservation Society, the Wardell Armstrong Landscape Architecture Teams spent their annual summit day looking into various ways to tap into the potential of our urban ‘wild’ spaces. Considering the unique historic breakwater, abundant wildlife and the tram developments on the horizon, the teams came up with their own proposals and led discussions about the importance of designing safe, attractive and active spaces for the public. As Landscape Architects … Read full story

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

Open your Garden for Charity in 2021 Scotland’s Gardens Scheme enables people to visit hundreds of wonderful private gardens throughout Scotland each year, raising money for charity through admission prices, teas and plant sales. To celebrate its 90th year, the charity is inviting new gardens to take part in the Scheme in 2021 and would welcome gardens of all shapes and sizes, from castles to cottages and from urban to rural. The charity would also welcome community gardens and allotments, … Read full story

Skyliner Residential Development, Edinburgh – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong The “Skyliner” development is located within Edinburgh’s vibrant area of Leith, approx. 3.5 miles to the north of the city centre. Supporting Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA), Wardell Armstrong has provided landscape feasibility, concept design and planning stage designs. The challenging site has provided opportunity for key strategic waterfront connections and future phased plans to accommodate the tram network. With high quality landscape proposals and strategic placemaking, the “Skyliner” opens up the previously unused waterfront and fantastic views over the … Read full story

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance – New Publications on Website

We are delighted to reconnect with you to share the work of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance since its launch in April 2019. Much has happened since that date which highlights the continuing need to ensure our collective focus on the importance of landscape and place in delivering its many future benefits that are essential to Scotland’s National Outcomes and a Green Recovery. Our Call for Action – Landscape and Place for Success highlights our Vison, recommendations for change and 10 outcomes including … Read full story

European Marine Science Park, Oban – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong The European Marine Science Park is one of the world’s leading centres in marine biology and is located near the town of Oban. EMSP provides high quality laboratory and office accommodation for marine science, as well as world class biological research. As Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, the Scottish Association for Marine Science strives for a healthy and sustainably managed marine environment through research, education, and public engagement. Due to the nature of the research facility, a lot of consideration has been taken in preserving the surrounding landscape and minimising impact … Read full story

Graduating Landscape Student Awards – Landscape Institute Scotland and Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Institute Scotland were privileged to review the work of graduating students from ESALA in July 2020 and have worked closely with the School to award these annual prizes to students in three categories as well as a new Finalist category. The aim of the awards are to foster and recognise talent as well as create strong links between the school, graduating students and their professional institute. The LIS are acutely aware of how difficult it has been for … Read full story

Designing for a Changing Climate: Carbon Conscious Places Report Launch

Tue, 6 October 202014:00 – 15:00 BSTOnline event Scotland’s climate is changing. How Scotland’s places are planned can help futureproof against the more extreme impacts of Climate Change. Architecture and Design Scotland has recently undertaken an exploration in to designing for a changing climate, where a whole place approach to the net zero carbon challenge was advocated. Through rethinking how we move about, how we live, how we support town centres and how we become more self-sufficient, we were able … Read full story

Queen’s Quay, Clydenbank – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by RaeburnFarquharBowen John Brown’s Shipyard has a special place in the history of Clyde shipbuilding. With the Titan Crane still towering overhead, this disused yard and fitting-out basin is of A-Listed status as the birthplace of many of the great liners and warships of the past century, including the Queen Mary, QEI & II, and Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Hood. Currently vacant and inaccessible due to structural instability, the site now separates the town of Clydebank from the Clyde … Read full story

Business Support Programme – Expressions of Interest

The NLHF Business Support Programme has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, and greenspace Scotland to support heritage organisations in Scotland to develop sustainable business models. The 18-month programme will commence in April 2021 and will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme for approximately 40 heritage organisations in Scotland. The training will be tailored to the needs of each participant, focusing on key areas of leadership, governance, business planning and local community engagement. To … Read full story

Sustainable placemaking in Scotland

A convenient lunchtime CPD event for Landscape Architects in Scotland about circular economy principles and The Living Building Challenge This event is designed as a free online CPD event for Landscape Architects, urban designers, placemakers, planners, and architects practicing in Scotland. It covers two complementary approaches to designing sustainable places to support both the road to net zero carbon 2045 and also that provide wider health, wellness and ecological benefits. Full details, including programme and how to book tickets on … Read full story

Levengrove Park Restoration – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by AECOM Levengrove Park occupies a prominent location on the River Clyde and River Leven, adjacent to Dumbarton Castle. The project involved the restoration and enhancement of the Victorian park and its numerous historic features, including a medieval church with connections to Robert the Bruce. The southern boundary of the park is enclosed by the Clydeside Walkway. Extensive footpath upgrades and tree management have improved the relationship between the park and the River Clyde corridor. The park first opened … Read full story

The Crinan Canal Corridor, Argyle and Bute – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Client – Scottish CanalsLandscape Architect – HarrisonStevensArchitect: Oliver Chapman Completion – April 2016- Ongoing Scottish Canals embarked a charrette for the Crinan Canal Corridor in 2016 – ‘Rethink the Link’. The Crinan Canal is a Scheduled Monument, a crucial tourism watercourse and a significant corridor for leisure and tourism within Mid Argyll. The Canal Corridor has an important economic role to play which needed to be further understood and utilised for the economic benefit of the area. … Read full story

Burr’s Garage – Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: Urban Pioneers Our site is located to the north of the village Tongue along the NC500 and lies some 250m from the shores of the Kyle of Tongue providing a stunning as well as challenging coastal setting. The project is led by Helen Lucas Architects on behalf of Ben Loyal Ltd for Wildland Limited. Wildland came together as an initiative and investment body to take forward and support the conservation, protection and sustainable development of some of Scotland’s … Read full story

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings for both visitors and locals to enjoy. Our Coasts and Waters are host to an amazing array of riches, come in all shapes and sizes, and are greatly valued … Read full story

SEDA Conference and AGM

It’s just two weeks to SEDA’s first on-line conference, and you can now find the full details of each night on the Eventbrite pages here The public sessions are Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September at 6pm with a members only session on Thursday 10th September at 6pm. As well as Graham Ross and Ken Gibb speaking at Monday’s session on ‘How Do We Build Our Cities Back Better?’, we are delighted to announce Deborah Hay of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation talking about ‘Building … Read full story

STP Funding Finder August 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for August 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

NPF4 Analysis of Responses to Call for Ideas – Now Available

The NPF4 independent Analysis on Responses to the Call for Ideas and Executive Summary are now complete and available to view. This report and the individual responses will be used to inform the position statement published later in the autumn, and draft NPF4, which is scheduled for publication in autumn 2021.  You can review the LIS response to this consultation here. You can read submitted responses and find out more at TransformingPlanning.scot. … Read full story

RIAS Convention 2020: WITH THE GRAIN

Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd OctoberOnline event Tickets can be booked here WITH THE GRAIN will bring architects, built environment professionals and the wider public together online for discussion around how we can work with nature, natural materials and our climate to build resilient communities – reshaping spaces, repurposing the buildings we live and work in and exploring innovative solutions from architects. Our speakers include: Roz Barr (Roz Barr Architects) Andy Groarke (Carmody Groarke), Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton), William … Read full story

Doors Open Day 2020

DOORS OPEN DAYS 2020 is going digital! Scotland’s biggest free festival of architecture will present its largest ever digital offering this September, as we celebrate Scotland’s buildings and stories online, through tours, lectures, DIY learning events and more. For full details, see the Doors Open Day website … Read full story

Edinburgh Architectural Association Employee Owned Practice Seminar

Wed, 5 August 202018:00 – 20:00 BST Online Event Within the profession there is growing interest in changing to an employee owned structure. However, whilst many practices are interested, they are often not clear about the logistics of changing to one and indeed the running of it. We have arranged this informal but informative evening online seminar on the topic which aims to provide an overview from a variety of perspectives including within and out with the profession, and at … Read full story

SNH Consultation on draft guidance on Landscape Sensitivity Assessment

SNH is consulting on draft guidance for landscape sensitivity assessments.  It is technical guidance primarily aimed at landscape architects who would undertake landscape sensitivity assessments. It may also be of interest to those commissioning or using a sensitivity study, such as planning authorities or developers. Please send any comments to landscape@nature.scot by 8th September 2020. For full details, including the consultation documents, please see the SNH Website. … Read full story

STP Funding Finder July 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for June 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

Greenspace Scotland’s new guidance on managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during covid-19

Greenspace Scotland and The National Lottery Heritage Fund have launched a new guide today to help local authorities and other greenspace managers manage parks, gardens and greenspaces safely during the coronavirus pandemic.Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during covid-19 brings together the latest guidance from Scottish Government and advice from Public Health Scotland, sportscotland, Visit Scotland and a range of other organisations. The LIS is pleased to see that our recent Reimagining a New Outdoors digital showcase has been held up as an … Read full story

Landscape Architect for Covid victims Memorial Garden

The Herald have started a campaign to create a memorial gardens for victims of the COVID19 virus. The Landscape Institute Scotland would like to encourage landscape architects to get in contact with the steering group to offer their expertise in designing a space that properly honours those who have died over the course of this pandemic. Please see full details of the project here … Read full story

Landscape Sensitivity Assessment Guidance – Consultation

SNH has had a long-standing commitment to develop guidance on producing landscape sensitivity studies.  This builds on the 2010 review and the toolkit on commissioning studies we produced at the time.  Since then various changes have occurred:  Terminology has changed with 3rd ed. of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3) and we amended our website pages as a result.We have reviewed more sensitivity studies in Scotland.Natural Resources Wales consulted on draft guidance in 2018 which tested a range of … Read full story

Re-imagining a New Outdoors – A Showcase of Design Ideas

Prepared by Members of the Landscape Institute Scotland The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present this digital showcase from its members that focus on reclaiming the outdoors as we emerge from the effects of the Covid19  global pandemic. The ideas demonstrate simple and effective design solutions going forward, as well as support the longer term climate crisis action, and address the following challenges that can utilise the outdoors:- How to encourage health and wellbeing activities;How to safely educate children;How to … Read full story

STP Funding Finder June 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for June 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

Reflections Series 2020: Re-Imagining a New Outdoors

The LIS Reflections series aim to foster greater debate and transfer of knowledge within the profession. These events seek to be a platform for information exchange and give opportunities for discussion between members regarding a range of contemporary issues that concern and impact upon the landscape profession Re-imagining a New Outdoors – Call for Ideas and Showcase Following on from the Reflections Series discussion between Senior Practitioners on the Impact of Covid 19 on the landscape profession in Scotland, Landscape Institute Scotland … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award 2019 winners

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. In 2019, the Mark Turnbull Travel Award has two winners: Samuel Cortis … Read full story

Reflections Series: Impact of Covid-19 on the Landscape Profession in Scotland

The LIS Reflections series aim to foster greater debate and transfer of knowledge within the profession. These events seek to be a platform for information exchange and give opportunities for discussion between members regarding a range of contemporary issues that concern and impact upon the landscape profession. The Landscape Institute Scotland responded to a call by members to facilitate the exchange of ideas between landscape practitioners to enable all to share, learn and better understand the impact that Covid-19 is … Read full story

Patrick Geddes – the UK’s First Landscape Architect

Tom Turner, in a FOLAR/MERL lecture, argues that the principles of the landscape urbanism approach to planning and design grew from a long tradition and were assembled by Patrick Geddes. Watch the video and join the Youtube Comment section (below the video) at 1pm on Friday 15th May HERE In the second half of the twentieth century there were taken further by Jaqueline Tyrwhitt and Ian McHarg’s overlay approach and supplemented by ideas drawn from structuralist philosophy. Geddes and McHarg … Read full story

One Year from the launch – Scotland’s Landscape Alliance

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance (SLA) was formally launched on the 25th April 2019.  The SLA is a grouping of over 60 organisations with a common interest in raising awareness of the importance of Scotland’s landscapes to climate resilience and biodiversity, our economic performance and public health and wellbeing. In doing this, we want to gain public and political support for the better care of Scotland’s landscape and places to maximise future benefits. Our vision is a Scotland where the benefits of … Read full story

2020 Winner of The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Winner of the Award Sharon Turnbull and the Landscape Institute Scotland are delighted to announce that Charlotte McLean is the winner of the 2020 Mark Turnbull Travel Award. Charlotte is a chartered landscape architect with over 25 years’ experience in landscape design and conservation.  She has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, with extensive experience in the private sector and on the planning side in local government (Historic England).  Much of her work … Read full story

2019-2020 LIS Chair’s Report

Hoping you and yours are well. Message from Rachel Tennant Chair, of Landscape Institute Scotland – The AGM’s for all branches cannot now take place due COVID-19. The AGM voting process for the Branches will be organised online by the LI and you will be notified shortly about that. In the meantime I  wanted  to offer you the opportunity to see what the Committee have been doing and why Scotland is one of the most active Branches in the UK. … Read full story

URGENT: COVID-19 UPDATE

The LIS has taken the decision, in line with LI and government guidelines, to postpone all upcoming face to face events. This includes the Mark Turnbull Travel Award Winners and AGM that was scheduled for the end of April Full details of the LI’s advice during these difficult times can be found here We do hope that our members are staying safe and healthy, and doing what they can to contain the spread of the disease. … Read full story

BALI Scotland Regional AGM 2020 and Recycling Plant Tour

Venue: SRUC Oatridge CampusDate: 26th March 2020Location :Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, Mid Lothian, EH52 6NHOpening times: 2:30pm – 6.00pm The Scottish regional committee invites BALI members to its 2020 AGM at the SRUC Oatridge Campus, including updates from the region. BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills will be in attendance providing an update from BALI Landscape House followed by a tour of a recycling plant tour. This is an opportunity for members to review the year, receive updates from BALI, network with other members … Read full story

RIAS Inclusive Design Seminar

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020Time: 13.15 – 17.00Venue: Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BGCost: £20 – £30 + booking fee (£20 for RIAS Chartered Practice/ Practice Services Subscribers) For everyone to be involved in the social life of a community and contribute to the local economy, we need management and building design that provides for the varied user requirements of the public at large. In terms of our human rights, we should be enabled to be as … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation & LIS AGM

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Please be aware of ongoing advice on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Landscape Institute that may affect this event. Please check here for up-to-date alerts. These alerts will inform members of any plans to postpone, cancel or move events to a digital platform. Mark Turnbull was one of the country’s most eminent Landscape Architects, winner of the Landscape Institute’s Gold Medal Award and recognised for the contribution that overseas learning and experience from his … Read full story

Sustainable Design Solutions in Response to the Climate Crisis

A symposium for the garden and landscape design and build industry Thursday 14 May 2020 From 9.30 to 4.30 pm Cost: Free with lunch and refreshments The symposium has been orchestrated to explore how our industry can reduce both its environmental impact and become more sustainable. All industries need to respond to the climate crisis. For our industry, we can move away from wasteful, unsustainable practices, be more mindful of what materials we use, conserve precious topsoil, collect and store … Read full story

Call for submissions: Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

This year the LIS is celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and as ever, we are hoping to highlight some of the amazing work our members are doing to help preserve and enhance Scotland’s coasts and waterways. In 2020, Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be celebrated with a programme of activity designed to inspire both visitors and locals to explore and experience our unrivalled shores. Over the summer, we would like to run a social media showcase of some excellent examples … Read full story