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

Doors Open Day 2018

This September, Doors Open Day will be coming to lots of places around Scotland. You can find full listings of everything happening in your area on the Doors Open Day website, or take a look at our list of events that we think will be of interest to our members Amsfield Walled Garden – Amisfield Walled Garden dates from 1783. Designed by John Henderson for the 7th Earl of Wemyss, the garden once formed part of the policies of Amisfield House which … Read full story

The LIS talking Young People and Placemaking at the Scottish Parliament

The LIS were invited to to take part in the most recent Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment event at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. This event discussed Young People and Placemaking, with individuals present from several sectors in addition to having young people involved in the discussion. Meg Johannessen of the LIS presented the Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange at the event, going through the format of the day and its successes. We hope that we will … Read full story

Staying ahead of the curve – Glasgow’s 21st Century buildings of learning

Over 130,000 students from 135 different countries have chosen Glasgow as their place of study. What are the planning and urban design issues that underpin building for learning in Glasgow City Centre? This engaging tour, delivered in partnership between the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter and Glasgow City College sets out to answer this question. Through an interactive guided tour we will explore the multi-million pound City Campus. Professionals, or simply those with an interest in our City’s architecture and … Read full story

LIS to present to the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

We are excited that Meg Johannessen of LIS is presenting the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange this evening at the Scottish Parliament on Young People and Place Making as part of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. She is presenting with Streets Ahead – Children’s Parliament; Happenstance – WAVEparticle, A town Hall for All – Austin-Smith:Lord and Pennicuik pupils. See Meg’s full presentation here … Read full story

Scotland 2050: RTPI Annual Conference

Context National Planning Framework 4 will set out a vision for how Scotland should be planned over the next 20 to 30 years. Early work on preparing NPF4 will follow the Planning Bill. So what do we want this to advocate? Do we want or need Scotland to be business as usual? Or should we be advocating for inclusive growth, balanced growth, a resilient country? And what will the impacts be of technological change? How could NPF support communities and … Read full story

Young People and Placemaking – Cross Party Group on Architecture

The Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment aims to maintain a forum of MSPs and others to promote and further the economic, social, environmental and cultural contributions that architecture and the planned environment make to the quality of life of Scotland’s citizens. Also, while acknowledging the responsibilities devolved to the Scottish Parliament, to sustain a dialogue on Scottish architecture, planning and built environment in the European and World contexts. The Meeting will take place in Committee … Read full story

The Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange

On Friday the 24th of August, ECA hosted the first Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange with support from the LIS and sponsorship from AECOM and TGP Landscape Architects. The day was spent talking prospective landscape architects through day to day life in practice, informing them about different routes into the profession and giving them a crash course on design principals and place making. We started the day with LIS committee member and student representative, Alex Burton of LUC, defining landscape … Read full story

Plant Biosecurity: Oak Processionary Moth Issue

In response to recent interceptions of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) (Thaumetopoea processionea) on larger imported oak trees, new import and movement controls are being put in place to protect against the imminent danger of introducing this pest into the UK OPM Protected Zone. The OPM Protected Zone consists of all areas of the UK outwith London and surrounding areas, where OPM is already established. The new measures will be in effect in England from Tuesday 21 August 2018 and are … Read full story

Piper’s Peace – Scottish Winners of the Gardens for Peace project

The LIS is delighted to announce that Edinburgh based landscape architects Anna Rhodes (Young Planting Designer Finalist at RHS Taton 2017) and Melissa Orr (Gardens By The Bay – Singapore) have won the Gardens for Peace project as the Scottish representatives. The Gardens for Peace project will 15 permanent perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, an area of the country with a high number of war memorial sites. The project is initiated by Arts … Read full story

Commonwealth Games Legacy

Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Legacy – An RTPI West of Scotland Chapter Event August 2014 marked the close of the XX Commonwealth Games: the most ambitious of a programme of major cultural events that Glasgow has delivered to date. Four years later, as the inaugural European Championships kick off in the City, there is the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Games in Glasgow’s ongoing regeneration. Hosting international multi-sport events can provide a short term injection of economic growth. … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award Winner

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. Winner of the Award The Landscape Institute Scotland are … Read full story

LIS ESALA Student Award Winners 2018

On the 5th of July this year, the landscape architecture department at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture held it’s annual exhibition as part of the ECA Degree Show 2018 This year the Landscape Institute Scotland Prizes went to: Best Student Prize – Emma Thompson ESALA Portfolio Prize – Emily Cropton Peter Daniels Prize for best skills in site analysis – Molly Gordon.   Emma Thompson – Best Student Prize My graduating work at The University of Edinburgh … Read full story

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

How can you turn a Vision for landscape-scale working into Action through the power of uniting in partnership? Whether you are experienced in this way of working, or looking to establish a new collaboration, join us in the central belt of Scotland for two days of sharing inspiring stories, best practise and your experiences. Download the agenda from the IFLI website here. Book for the full two days including the conference meal, or select to attend one day. Visions to Actions is … Read full story

FutureTown Design Competition

A national design competition inviting people to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood has been launched today. Now in its fourth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future. Organised by national agency for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entries gain significant media attention for … Read full story

RHS Green Plan-It Challenge 2018

Call for RHS Green Plan It Challenge Mentors The RHS is on the lookout for people working in the horticulture industry across the central belt of Scotland to mentor small teams of secondary school students through their annual Green Plan It Challenge.  Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and to challenge their perception of horticulture, while also being valuable to your own professional development. Once matched with your team, you … Read full story

LIS Facilitated Debate at The Scottish Parliament – 5th June 2018

‘Landscape for Scotland’ – Working together to help shape quality in landscape and place The Landscape Institute Scotland launched Landscape for Scotland at the Scottish Parliament at the end of 2017:  Read Landscape for Scotland  A follow up lively debate facilitated by Lesley Riddoch was held at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, 5th June 2018 with over 80 people attending from a range of organisations that have a shared interest in Landscape and Place. The aim of the event was to engage … Read full story

Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange

ESALA and the Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange as part of Scotland’s Year of Youth 2018. What? An introduction to Landscape Architecture and chance for graduates, current students, and prospective students to meet and share advice – sponsored by the Landscape Institute Scotland as part of the Year of Young People. The event will provide a relaxed environment for young people to meet, discuss, and learn about Landscape Architecture, collaborate on designs, … Read full story

LIS AGM 2018

The 2018 LIS AGM and Reflections talk was a huge success. Many thanks to those that spoke on the night and all our members in attendance. This year we shone a spotlight on the benefits of sharing knowledge with landscape architects overseas. The evening started with four wonderful talks from landscape architects with experience working overseas for Reflections: Then and Now. The full slides for their presentations can be seen here. The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects was … Read full story

LIS Launches the Mark Turnbull Travel Award

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 was one of the country’s most eminent … Read full story

LIS Reflections – Then and Now

As part of the 2018 LIS AGM event, a fantastic series of speakers presented Reflections – Then and Now, looking at how progress and globalisation has effected learning, understanding and practice in the landscape sectors. The speakers, all at different stages in their careers and all with experience working in overseas practice, used their experience to examine what the future might hold for landscape architects and how we can prepare for it. The speakers for this Reflections Series talk were: … Read full story

FCS Quarterly Tree Update

The Forestry Commission Scotland has published their quarterly tree update, including news on: P. ramorum Dendroctonus micans Launch of the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Plant Health New timber import legislation The full update can be read on the FCS website … Read full story

SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Successful approaches to regenerating Scotland’s places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop – 31st May This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Portal Townhouse in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process. SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic … Read full story

Creating health, wealth and happiness in your town – a Scottish Town’s Partnership workshop

STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday 25th April 2018. Architectire & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership on 25th April to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy. Features of this interactive workshop include: Key speakers from Scottish Government, the Improvement Service, PAS and … Read full story

CSGN Annual Forum

‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ CSGN Launch Annual Forum The importance of greenspace for young people is set to be highlighted in the annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum. ‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday 14 June and will feature world-renowned experts including the multi-award-winning landscape architect, Adam White and architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in creating the vision to transform … Read full story

Architecture Fringe: Final Saturday Meet Up

The last Architecture Fringe open meet-up will be at Out Of The Blue in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th April 2018. Please note this meet-up will start at 10am and finish at 12 noon. 10am Saturday 7th April 2018 Out Of The Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects being put towards the open … Read full story

Gardens for Peace

The Gardens of Peace project consists of creating around fifteen perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, in France, a hundred years after the end of  the First World War. This new memorial trail will pay tribute to the countless deaths on French soil between 1914 and 1918, and bear witness to the number and diversity of the countries involved in this conflict. The project is initiated by the Association Art & gardens – Hauts-de-France … Read full story

LIS AGM and Reflections Event 2018

LIS AGM & REFLECTIONS SERIES: ‘THEN AND NOW’ Wednesday 25th April 2018 6-9pm: Basement Theatre, Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR   The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25th April at Adam House basement theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The full programme of the event can be viewed here. Reflections Series: ‘Then and Now’ The difference between graduating as a landscape architect in the late 20th century and in the early 21st century is … Read full story