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Academy of Urbanism congress opens in Glasgow

May 11 2011

Academy of Urbanism congress opens in Glasgow
Glasgow is playing host to the Academy of Urbanism’s 2011 Congress this week, an event which will see 120 built environment professionals from across Europe  assemble to discuss  “liveable neighbourhoods”.

Bringing with them a range of skills that includes academia, planning, politics, architecture and development the high powered group will attempt to discern what it is that makes a good city tick.

To that end a series of seminars and workshops will be held across the city at diverse venues including The Lighthouse, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow School of Art and the People’s Palace with a series of coach tours of districts such as New Gorbals and the Commonwealth Games site laid on for good measure.

The Congress follows Glasgow’s honour with the title of European City of the Year 2011.

Academy chairman, John Thomson, said: “Glasgow’s post-industrial transformation has secured its future as a major European city while at the same time preserving its rich architectural and design traditions. The Academy believes this significant achievement deserves to be recognised and celebrated.”


#1 Posted by h on 13 May 2011 at 10:05 AM
it is the perfect place to host such an event as a city with unsuccessful planning, but to say "The Academy believes this significant achievement deserves to be recognised and celebrated” is a joke . Glasgow is a fantastic city thanks to its people and some old buildings, but the built environment is just dreadful.
#2 Posted by MJP on 13 May 2011 at 21:17 PM
I think the way Glasgow historically has been the victim of bad planning probably makes it the ideal place to host this event. Don't totally agree with you "h" - most of Glasgow's population are insane.

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