Intervene Within Dounreay – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Yiyu Zhu of ESALA Intervene Within Dounreay is a is a hypothetical graduate student project developed by Yiyu Zhu in 2019 as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture design studio Actants & Assemblages of Scotland’s North Coast Landscapes. The studio was led by Anaïs Chanon and Elinor Scarth at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at ECA. The projects undertaken as part of this studio explored a wide range of contemporary landscape architecture questions, for example, … Read full story

Carbon Work – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Laura Esplin of ESALA CARBON WORK is a speculative graduate student project developed by Laura Esplin in 2020 as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture design studio Actants & Assemblages of Scotland’s North Coast Landscapes. The studio was led by Anaïs Chanon and Elinor Scarth at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at ECA. Over the last two academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20, a total of forty landscape architecture students have explored the landscapes in proximity … Read full story

Billia Croo Wave Test Site: Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: LUC LUC prepared an impact assessment for an expansion of marine energy generation in a sensitive location off the coast of Orkney. The Billia Croo Wave Test Site is an established marine energy facility operated by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). It is located off the west coast of the Orkney Mainland, within the Hoy and West Mainland National Scenic Area (NSA). The site was constructed in 2003, and offers a series of berths allowing developers to … Read full story

Art by Lesley Banks – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: Lesley Banks During her Artist’s Residency at Scottish Canals, Lesley Banks produced a large body of paintings and drawings depicting the five Scottish canals Lesley Banks graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Fine Art from the Drawing and Painting department in 1984. Banks walked the entire 137 miles of the Scottish Canal network; the resulting work has been exhibited in galleries close to the five Scottish Canals in Glasgow, Falkirk, Inverness, Lochgilphead, Edinburgh and … Read full story

Building for Scotland’s Communities

A Joint Statement from: Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland Built Environment Forum Scotland Landscape Institute Scotland Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland These are the organisations whose members plan, design, build and manage Scotland’s cities, towns, buildings, and infrastructure. They represent a combined membership of around 22,500 people across Scotland and recognise the need for our professions to work together to build Scotland’s future. The full statement can … Read full story

River Spey at Aviemore – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by the Cairngorms National Park Authority The Spey Catchment Initiative has worked with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Pearls in Peril project to undertake some riverside restoration. River Spey at Aviemore Access Point – further info in the report on projects page of SCI website. Aim To restore and enhance a heavily degraded, eroding section of river bank which is a very popular access point in Aviemore, especially for canoe launching. Impact from people has made site … Read full story

ClimatEvolution – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: Optimised Environments Client: East Lothian Council with Scottish Water, NatureScot, SEPA and Scottish Government This project is a Vision for a whole system approach to improving a sub-regional area- incorporating some 10km’s of coastline with the aim of addressing the Climate Emergency and using proposal measures to unlock community potential and encourage regeneration. The direct benefits to one of Scotland’s most accessible pieces of coastline as a result of implementing the strategy will be cleaner waters, sustainable access … Read full story

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

Falkirk Canal Corridor, Falkirk – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Client: Scottish Canals Enhancing the character and identity of the key tourist and active travel link between The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Connections along the canal include links to the Union Canal. There are three main aims for the project implemented over several phases; environmental improvement; safety and attractiveness of the route for families; and clear and iconic wayfinding/place making interventions. The canal corridor can provide a high quality, green/blue … Read full story

The Canal Line, Coatbridge – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Client: Scottish Canals Where the past meets the future. The Monkland canal corridor exists as open water, built urban form or as unused overgrown open space through a forgotten and redundant landscape, stretching from Euro Central in the east to Easterhouse in the West. The Monkland Canal is the fifth canal in Scotland and runs through a number of North Lanarkshire communities including the town of Coatbridge. The Monkland Canal Line is a 12km long heritage and … 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

2020 LIS ESALA Student Award Winners

Anna Reid (Best Student award winner and Best Portfolio award winner) For too long humans have acted on the dominant Western premise that we are superior to our environment. This in turn has played a substantial part in the ecological devastation of our planet. As landscape architects we must ensure that to sustain the global biosphere, the intrinsic links between human and non-humans are questioned and challenged. This portfolio of work responds to this by considering ways in which human … 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

LIS Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters online showcase

The LIS would like to thank every practice, individual and organisation who provided details of their projects for this showcase. The full list of case studies for this showcase are: Art by Lesley Banks Aultbea New Community Centre, Wester Ross by horner+maclennan Billia Croo Wave Test Site: Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment by LUC Bowling Harbour Viaduct by RankinFraser Burr’s Garage by Urban Pioneers The Canal, Coatbridge by HarrisonStevens Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Project : Seascape, Landscape and … 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

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

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

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

RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020

Open for Entries: RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020 Submission deadline: Thursday 20th February 2020 (an early bird discount of 10% is available until Thursday 6th February 2020) Entries are now invited for the RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020 – celebrating the best in Scottish architecture! Now in their ninth year, the combined RIAS/RIBA Awards continue to demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland. Submissions should be made via our online entry form, click HERE for full … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy – Speakers’ talks

We were able to record the talks of all our speakers who gave talked at the 50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy exhibition launch on the 23rd of October and we are delighted to share those recordings with you here. Professor Sandy Liddell Halliday – Principal, Gaia Research on the theme of McHarg and Urban Ecology Multiply and Subdue Professor Brian Mark Evans, Professor of Urbanism+Landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture … Read full story

Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange & design charette 2019

In conjunction with the Landscape Institute Scotland’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ A design for Little France Park, Craigmiller, Edinburgh The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the outcomes of the Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange that forms part of the celebration of the life and works of Ian McHarg, 50 years on from his seminal work Design with Nature that has and continues to inspire the profession of landscape architecture today. At a one-day design … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy

Landscape Institute Scotland presented the 50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy through a 10 day long exhibition and an opening launch on the evening of the 22nd October at the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art. Ian McHarg’s seminal text ‘Design with Nature’ had a huge impact on the profession of landscape architecture, shifting its focus from an aesthetic basis towards a large-scale ecological approach. The text also had a great influence … Read full story

LIS ESALA Student Award Winners 2019

The Landscape Institute are delighted to be able to award prizes to graduating students in Landscape Architecture  from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. This year students had final year additional options of 3 uniquely different Scottish sites including rural, island and post industrial as well as Island Territories vi: Manhattan: Scapeland, a collaboration with the School of Architecture. The successful award winning students were announced at the Graduation Ceremony on 4th July 2019 by … Read full story

LIS Placemaking Competition 2014

The Winner of the Competition – The Helix Landscape, Falkirk/Grangemouth, designed by Ironside Farrar. In accepting the Award of £1,000, presented by Linda Fabiani MSP, Julian Farrar paid tribute to the client, the teams of professionals who made it happen, and to the local communities who have taken the scheme to their Hearts. Linda Fabiani, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, said “This award illustrates the huge landscape challenges in brownfield and derelict land, and it shows … Read full story

LIS Lifetime Achievement Award

LIS awards the LIS’ first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Daniel in 2012     Peter Daniel photographed for his award in 2012   In November 2012, Peter Daniel became the first recipient of the Landscape Institute Scotland’s Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to a delighted Daniel at the Managing Change in Scotland’s Landscapes Conference in Perth. A further conversation was held with Peter at his home in early 2014, a charming manse in the Scottish Borders filled … Read full story

HarrisonStevens – Doors Open Day 2018

To celebrate the heritage and built environment, HarrisonStevens doors were opened to the public over the weekend in September 2018. Doors Open Days Scotland, nationally coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and funded by Historic Environment Scotland, is a month-long September festival that offers free access to over a thousand architectural venues across Scotland. This year Doors Open Days theme featured the Year of Young People 2018 and gave HarrisonStevens an opportunity to celebrate the continuous involvement they have in … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019 – Lighthouse Takeover

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

World Monuments Fund – Nominate a Site to the 2020 Watch

The world’s most treasured sites are sustained by people who are passionate about their future. That’s why the World Monuments Fund need your help. The Watch Program The World Monuments Watch is a global program that uses cultural heritage conservation to improve the resilience of communities, enhance social inclusion, and build new capacities in the heritage conservation field and beyond. The 2020 World Monuments Watch will include 25 sites from around the world in need of urgent action, each site telling a local … Read full story

Early years and landscape architecture

A workshop with Senior Practitioners in August 2018 on the Scottish Governments Early Years Agenda. The output of the discussion formed part of a workshop on early years at the Education Buildings Scotland conference November 21/22, 2018, EICC, Edinburgh hosted by Scottish Government. The results of the work were further developed with young people and presented to John Swinney Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills The key outcomes for the profession are:- More outdoor learning space … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design With Nature – A Celebration

Exhibition/event Rationale: The exhibition is planned to celebrate the 50th year since the publication of Ian McHarg’s seminal text ‘Design With Nature’. The text had a huge impact on the profession of landscape architecture, shifting its focus from an aesthetic basis towards a large-scale ecological approach. The text also had a great influence on the wider associated professions of planning and ecology and led to the development of Landscape Urbanism, an approach that underpins many influential contemporary design practices. So … Read full story

Architecture Career Exploration Day

Access to Creative Education Scotland. (ACES) Held an Architecture Insight on Friday 18th October at ESALA. Alex Burton inspired an audience of S4-S6 students into choosing a career in Landscape Architecture : Key points in his presentation include – what is Landscape Architecture, who might be interested in it, and where it could lead and his own pathway into Landscape Architecture and his current role ‘ … 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 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

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

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

Place and Design Panel Vaccancies

Are you passionate about the importance of place making and the role of good design in our built environment? Are you willing to contribute your expertise and enthusiasm to making a difference to design quality in West Dunbartonshire? Join the West Dumbartonshire Council Place and Design Panel; a new venture in early engagement and impartial, objective dialogue with upcoming development. The Place and Design Panel will play a key role in raising the quality of design development, improving the health, well-being, … Read full story

RHS Community Outreach with Saheliya, Glasgow

Landscape Architect and designer Anca Panait of AHR has been working in partnership with (RHS) Scotland as part of their 2017 Greening Grey Britain campaign which aims to help organisations supporting young people to work in partnership to transform grey spaces in their local communities into thriving neighbourhood places for people and wildlife. The Young Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls aged 12-25 in … Read full story