November 22, 2017 at 12:00pm - November 23, 2017

As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, the Academy and its partners are holding a one-and-a-half day event focusing on changing neighbourhoods, following the success of the 2016 event Streets Beyond – Beyond Streets.

Drawing from national and international examples, including contributions from some of the Academy’s Great Neighbourhood Award finalists, the aim is to explore the physical, social and economic attributes that make for successful neighbourhoods. Using lessons from ‘established’ exemplars, we aim to identify factors that can help regenerate existing neighbourhoods and making new neighbourhoods and estates more ‘liveable’.

At this stage our partners and sponsors include University of DundeeThe Scottish Governmentthe Carnegie TrustSustransScotland’s Towns PartnershipCECHR, RTPI Scotland, Architecture Design Scotland and Kevin Murray Associates



  Day One – 22 November 2017
Study trip to Broughty Ferry
AoU Neighbourhood Finalist
13.30 Assemble at Broughty Ferry Library to register (make your own way)
14.00 Welcome and Presentation
Willie Watt
Nicoll Russell Architects and Chair, Broughty in Bloom
14.30 Visit to Broughty Ferry
Tour with local group
17.00-18.00 Visit to Dundee Waterfront – optional
  Day Two – 23 November 2017
There Goes the Neighbourhood
1st AoU Neighbourhood Summit

Venue: West Park, 319 Perth Road, Dundee , DD2 1NN
08.45 Registration and Coffee
09.30 Introduction and Welcome
John Rowan, Kevin Murray AoU and Dr Husam AlWaer AoU
09.45 What Are Exemplar Neighbourhoods? Can They be Created?
Richard Guise AoU, Lead Neighbourhood Assessor
Director, Context 4d
10.00 Turning Twechar Around
Val Leslie, Places for People
10.20 Connecting and Reinforcing Neighbourhoods
Chris Breslin, Scottish Canals
10.40 Discussion
11.00 Break and Networking Discussions
11.30 The Challenge of Creating New Communities
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
11.45 Lessons from existing communities lightning talks

Broughty Ferry: Jan McTaggart, Broughty Ferry Traders Association
Glasgow West End: Ann Laird, Friends of Glasgow West
Irvine Harbourside: George Hunter, North Ayrshire Council
Stockbridge, Edinburgh: Will Garrett, Edinburgh City Council (tbc)
North Berwick, East Lothian: Hilary Smith, Chair, North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership

12.30 Group Discussion
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Town Centre Living in Scotland – Lessons from Arbroath
Diarmaid Lawlor AoU, Kirsty Macari AoU
14.05 Five immersive inquiry discussions, with different lead themes on lessons for new communities and regenerating neighbourhoods

(1) Mix of housing, demography, including co-housing

(2) Role of schools, health facilities and catchments

(3) Local institutions, partnerships, societies, events

(4) Heritage, identity, conservation and environment

(5) Community empowerment mechanisms – legal, financial, land, buildings

15.30 Afternoon Tea / Coffee Break
15.50 Feedback Presentations
16.15 International Keynote Speaker
Participatory Communities

Rob St Mary, Patronicity, Detroit, USA
16.40 Discussion and Close – Headline Takeaway Points
17.00-18.30 Drinks Reception


Buy Tickets

Numbers for this event are capped, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

The fee includes conference attendance, printed materials, refreshments and lunch and a final drinks reception.

General ticket: £60.00
Students and Young Urbanists: £30.00

Discounted fee available until 7th November 2017. Group Discounts are available on request. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Discounted Flights between London Stansted and Dundee

Loganair is offering an exclusive up to 30% discount to delegates travelling between London Stansted and Dundee for this conference. Please book at quoting promotional code, NSDND, for travel between 20 November 2017 and 26 November 2017. Please click here to book.

We are pleased through the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau to be able to offer discounted local accommodation. Click here for more information.

For further information about travel and accommodation options, please visit Convention Dundee Angus or email Debbie at [email protected]

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We very much look forward to seeing you in Dundee for what will be a very special event.

November 22, 2017 at 12:00pm - November 23, 2017
Dundee University
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Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
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