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

The Liveable City Conference

The Royal Danish Embassy in the UK, together with the RIAS and Architecture & Design Scotland are hosting a series of seminars as part of the Liveable City conference. Subjects include; how to create healthy cities, age friendly housing, masterplanning and urban development, energy efficiency and university campuses. Date: 13 – 15 November 2018 Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel,80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 TH1 Cost: FREE   Book your ticket here … Read full story

Community Empowerment and Landscape

Date: Monday 3rd December 2018, from 15:00 – 17:30. Venue: ECCI, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ. BEFS is pleased to be holding this event, in partnership with Community Land Scotland and INHERIT, to look at the positive steps that can be taken towards empowering community participation. Community Land Scotland and INHERIT published their report Community Empowerment and Landscape in September 2018, examining the relationship between communities of place and landscape designations. Join BEFS to hear from Calum Macleod, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland, and Dr … Read full story

Skills Scotland Careers Fair 2018

The LIS were thrilled to take part in the Skills Scotland Careers Fair in Glasgow last week with the help of Go Constructwho were kind enough to host us at their stall. We met many young people with a wide range of interests, some already very committed to a career path and others still deciding. We hope that we have inspired some of them to look into landscape as a future career and look forward to welcoming them to the … Read full story

Glasgow Open Space Strategy

The City Council has published a Consultative Draft Open Space Strategy (OSS) (www.glasgow.gov.uk/ossconsultation) for Glasgow. The Draft OSS sets out the ways in which the people, flora and fauna of Glasgow are likely to make use of open space, now and in the future, and sets out how these different demands on open space should be considered and met. The Draft OSS sets out the strategic direction that will guide the Council’s work, policy-making and investment decisions in managing the … Read full story

Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

DECEMBER 05, 2018 AT 12:30PM – 2PM Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres on Wednesday 5 December 2018. In December’s meeting we will hear from expert speakers and the latest initiatives on how to create Clean, Green and Sustainable Towns as well as the benefits of these for local communities and economies. There will also be time for both networking and speaker Q&A, with refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful. The … Read full story

SNH Updates

Coastal Character Assessment  SNH have published guidance on how to undertake coastal characterisation to complement their terrestrial landscape character assessment guidance. Coastal character assessments can help inform regional marine plans, local/strategic development plans and other planning policies. They can also form the baseline for sensitivity studies and impact assessments of specific coastal and marine development proposals such as aquaculture and marine renewables.             Roads report The construction, upgrading and use of roads may harm species and habitats. To … Read full story

SEDA’s 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture

Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:00 PM  9:30 PM Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh (map) THE LIFE & LEGACY OF IAN MCHARG – THE GENESIS OF URBAN ECOLOGY The Scottish Ecological Design Association is delighted to invite you to the 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture: Eco Max 4. The evening will involve a talk about Ian McHarg – a Scottish Landscape Architect and writer on regional planning using natural systems. Born in Clydebank in 1920 he went on to found the department … Read full story

Cockburn Annual Lecture – The Role of Urban Ecology in the Future of Edinburgh

Tickets for this event should be booked through EventBrite How should Edinburgh grow? Recently published population projections suggest that Edinburgh will grow by 28% over the next 25 years. This signals a strong economy able to create wealth and opportunity for its citizens and able to attract the key workers it needs to run its public services and fuel new enterprise. But it is also presents powerful challenges to the city. Assuming a population growth of a quarter of a … Read full story

Architecture Fringe Monthly Meet Up

Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:15 AM  1:00 PM Custom Lane (map) Join the Architecture Fringe at Custom Lane for the October meet-up! These free-to-attend monthly meet-ups are very laid back and are open to anyone considering taking part in or contributing to the Architecture Fringe 2019 Open Programme. The Open Programme is a non-curated platform for self-directed projects, exhibitions, events and happenings. The meet-ups are an opportunity for you hear more about the Architecture Fringe itself, to share your project thoughts and … Read full story

The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Connected Towns Part 1 – The Physical Space The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All This session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns – Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December. October’s session brings you – National context and case study presenters. Practical town toolkit exercise. Town surgeries – seek out … Read full story

The Future of Landscape: People, Place and Nature

We were lucky enough to have the Landscape President, Adam White, in Scotland last week to give a talk – The Future of Landscape: People, Place and Nature as part of the Year of Youth. Adam’s specialty is playscape design and he emphasised his belief that most playscapes don’t make the most of thebudget and space available to them and in this way we shortchange the children that use those playscapes. He encouraged the room to think of what other … Read full story

ESALA Win Best International Landscape School Prize at the Barcelona Biennial

The LIS is thrilled to announce that the Landscape Architecture school at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as part of the Edinburgh College of Art have won the prestigious Best Landscape School prize and the Barcelona Biennial. A shortlist of 9 schools was selected from 78 international entrees. The other schools on the shortlist include: Harvard Undergraduate School of Design Oslo School of Architecture and Design Leibniz Unversity Hannover Beijing Forestry University University of Pennsylvania Victoria University … Read full story

Historic Environment Policy

Formal consultation is now open for Historic Environment Scotland’s draft policy for historic environment-related planning issues. Communities, local authorities, developers and heritage sector stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft Historic Environment Policy (HEP), a key document for decision-makers in the planning process and others managing heritage assets. Consultation on the draft HEP runs until Monday 3rd December. The survey can be accessed here.  Historic Environment Scotland has also launched the public consultation on its new draft Corporate Plan 2019-22. … Read full story

Scotland’s First Tree Fetsival

Scotland’s first Tree Festival takes root The wonderfully diverse world of trees is about to be celebrated for the first  time, as the inaugural Scottish Tree Festival launches this month. Organised by national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens and  supported by VisitScotland, the Festival will run from 29 September to 2  December. Over 70 tree events will take place across the country showcasing beautiful, unusual, heritage, exotic and champion trees, as gardens and woodlands put their best branch forward in … Read full story

Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29

Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and improve people’s quality of life and well-being. The Scottish Government has committed to developing a Forestry Strategy for Scotland, to set out a long-term vision for Scottish forestry within the context of our wider land use aspirations. This is … Read full story

Community Empowerment and Landscape Report

Community Land Scotland and INHERIT have published their Community Empowerment and Landscape research report. The report examines significant institutional and other barriers to enabling landscape policy to fully contribute to sustainable rural renewal in practice. These barriers relate to ways in which landscapes are defined, characterised and designated as a matter of public policy in Scotland. The report highlights a clear ‘participation gap’ in characterising and designating landscapes; one in which communities’ voices are, at best, marginal to that process. … Read full story