SEDA’s 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture

  • Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh (map)


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 of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. His 1969 book Design with Nature pioneered the concept of ecological planning and remains a seminal book on landscape architecture and land-use planning.

The talk will present Harg’s thoughts and ideas about ecological planning, including some in his own inimitable words, and look at some of the best contemporary practice in Urban Ecology.

As in previous years, this will be an enlightening and enervating evening illustrating the best ecological thinking, and why it is needed now more than ever. The event will strengthen the strong impetus for environmental change and innovation in Scotland.


  • 1800: Registration
  • 1830: Eco-Max 4
  • 2000: Discussion – Q & A
  • 2030: Drinks
  • 2130: Close

The History of Eco-Max

Howard Liddell OBE was a co-founder of SEDA. When he died in 2013 he was working on a book, “Eco-Max”, about pioneers of ecological design and their legacy. In 2015 Howard’s widow, Sandy Halliday, gave SEDA’s first Howard Liddell memorial lecture on this theme. The 2nd memorial lecture in 2016 focused on the life of Rachel Carson and the 3rd in 2017 on Barry Commoner.

Tickets can be booked here

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