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Academy of Urbanism Glasgow Congress - Day 1 - Orientation - 11th May

May 15th, 2011

The Academy of Urbanism welcomed its sixth Annual Congress north of the border for the first time on Wednesday, with an introductory reception and coach tour setting off from its main venue at The Lighthouse, Scotland's centre for Architecture & Design.

After introductory speeches by AoU's chairman Kevin Murray and GCC's Bailie Liz Cameron and Head of Planning Alisdair MacDonald, delegates departed for the study tour - a whistlestop coach tour around many of the city's key sites. The coach headed out west, pointing out some of the key historic features of Glasgow's grid-iron street structure, before reaching its first stop at Glasgow Harbour. Here, at the riverside, visitors were treated to a first-look of the new Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid, before the landmark project opens to the public in late June. After a look round - both from the exterior and upper interior gallery - we set off for the other end of the city, heading East towards the garden suburb of Pollokshields, which was nominated for an AoU Neighbourhood Award for its unique character, diversity and quality of built environment and form.

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A Week in Congress...

May 10th, 2011
A Week in Congress...
A Week in Congress...

This week there are two upcoming events in Glasgow - The Academy of Urbanism Annual Congress, from 11-13th May, and The RIAS annual Convention 2011, from 12-14th May. I'm pleased to be covering aspects of both of these, but because of the overlap it will be a hectic week!

Both events include 2+ days of talks plus dinners and walking tours, and more...

Academy of Urbanism Annual Congress

This year's timely theme of 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' incorporates the four R's - 'Renaissance, Regeneration and Reconstruction, and exploring their Resilience in terms of economy and social capital'.  The latter term of Resilience is shaping up to be a more comprehensive  and trusted term than sustainability in some academic circles on the subject, so it will be interesting to hear how it is covered.

To see the programme in detail as a pdf click this link.

RIAS Convention 2011

This year the Convention has multiple themes. Its first half day on Thursday reviews the role of historic architecture in urban regeneration via specific case studies. The main plenary day on Friday takes architecture and education as its main theme. It will showcase a series of informed views on architecture and education from Scottish, international and world perspectives.

There is also a walking tour on Saturday morning, starting from Citizen M hotel.

To see the programme in detail as a pdf click this link.

Read more for further info and links for both of these events...

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Architect in the House - now open

April 28th, 2011

RIBA and SHELTER join forces for the ever-successful annual charity consultation event...

Architect in the House (AITH) is an innovative scheme run by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The scheme matches homeowners with a local RIBA chartered architect who donates an hour of their time for a design consultation, for a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter. Throughout Scotland, the scheme is also supported by RIAS Chartered Architects in Scotland, and Shelter's Scotland division.

Applications for both Architects and interested Homeowners are open on the AITH website until 3rd July. Last year's event raised over Applications for both Architects and interested Homeowners are open on the AITH website until 3rd July. Last year's event raised over £115,000 for Shelter, a charity which helps prevent and tackle housing and homelessness problems across the UK. Sometimes these initial meetings continue to successful home adaptations, a few of which are available to view on the AITH website here.

Read more to see how it works...


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A+DS Launch new websuite this April

April 21st, 2011


New suite of microsites now live from Scottish design champion A+DS

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) have prepared a new suite of webpages on their website along six key coded themes which follow their programmes. The themes include:

  • 'Smarter Places' - including exemplars of best practice for design for schools and a focus on associated community engagement;
  • 'Healthier Places' - with a focus on better health through working with NHS Scotland and other stakeholders on healthcare projects;
  • 'Design Review' - CABE-style case study analyses and independent professional panel review by A+DS;
  • 'Access' - content linked to recently relaunched Scottisharchitecture website, with content designed for all; aims to encourage the public and students to engage with built environment events and debates;
  • 'Urbanism' - with links to broad issues and debates, as well as LUDO - Library of Urbanism online;
  • The Lighthouse initiative 'Sust', with links to sustainability and built environment issues and research,  and its independent website

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DAZED Live gives architecture centre-stage at its first platform for arts festival

April 18th, 2011

Architecture featured as part of DAZED & CONFUSED magazine's first music & arts' day festival

This April, Jefferson Hack's celebrated trend magazine DAZED & CONFUSED hosted its first multidisciplinary arts day festival in East London. I was heartened to see Architecture amongst the topics of the day talks, with AA graduate and architect Magnus Larsson billed to speak on the topic of 'Architecture and Biomimicry'.

Other talks included a plea from the Buy this Satellite initiative whose agenda is to free communications technology for the masses in third world countries, who are currently living in a dark age in terms of telecomms. Information access as a basic human right formed the cornerstone of their argument.



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