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

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

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

Education Buildings Scotland 2018

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

Green Infrastructure, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Human Health: A Review

This review paper comes recommended by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit Purpose of the Review: In a growing trend, cities around the world have been installing Green Infrastructure (GI) in the form of vegetated landscapes that provide ecological benefits such as stormwater management, wildlife habitats, and temperature moderation (Tzoulas et al. Landsc Urban Plan. 61(3):11, 2007). Some GI, such as trees and green spaces, have positive impacts on human health. It is less clear how newer types of GI, … Read full story

SUDS Working Group update

NATIONAL SUD WORKING PARTY UPDATE FOR LIS MEMBERS Scottish Water are launching an update of their design manual – Sewers for Scotland 4.0 which will go live for all new developments from January 2019. This document replaces Sewers for Scotland 3 that the Landscape Institute, SEPA and SNH commented on and requested alterations by way of written comments and a workshop. The alterations requested were to bring the document in line with the CIRIA Manual and place-making policy. Scottish Water … Read full story

Realising the gains from natural connections – EcoCoLife conference 2018

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

Design for Ageing

Amber Roberts, winner of the Mark Turnbull Travel Award is now in Japan. Her blog – designforaging – documents her travels along with her close observations of the way Japanese culture is adapted to the needs of its senior citizens. Make sure to follow her blog to keep up with her journey Some of Amber’s recent posts include: Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing) – a look into the practice of forest bathing and its health benefits Why is Sugamo attractive to seniors? … Read full story

Wellbeing as Foundation for Learning: Education Buildings Scotland Conference 2018

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

Active Travel Conference 2019

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

Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture; Eco Max 4

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