February 28, 2020 at 8:30am - 6pm

The places we live and work in are formed by an amalgam of policies, designs and decisions over time. Yet so many of the statutory, policy and behavioural systems pull in competing directions.

‘Working in silos’ has become one of the explanations for failed places at different scales. These can be competing or conflicting professional disciplines or authorities, client departments or organisations. Lack of collaboration or information sharing, lack of a shared vision or sense of purpose, or basic professional jealously can lead to dysfunctional, if not disastrous, outcomes for places and communities.

How might we better align legislation, policies, design guidance, but also technical practice and decision-making to ensure better place outcomes within more sustainable development in a healthy planet. Can we reconcile the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with national and local level programmes at city, town, and neighbourhood scale?

This collaborative learning event marks the growth of The Academy of Urbanism in Scotland with a keynote event organised jointly with the University of Dundee, Urban Design Group, Architecture and Design Scotland.

The objective of this event is to explore how we can move towards a more integrated approach in the planning, design, engineering and management of towns and cities by informing, exploring and challenging silo mindsets & behaviours to better connect operational outputs with high-level objectives.

  • How can policy and decision-makers work in a more holistic manner?
  • How can policy and technical standards be drawn up so that they do not conflict?
  • How can decision-making by different sectors of government be made consistent in pursuing desired outcomes?
  • Can local authorities be encouraged to align more effectively with national and international objectives?
  • What funding systems are needed to encourage better design and liveability?
  • How can planning, design and development decisions help to improve human wellbeing and planetary health?

This inter-disciplinary symposium will take place on 28 February 2020 at Dundee University. It will consider ways in which to improve collaboration in the planning, design, engineering, management and operation of our towns and cities. It will include lessons from within Scotland and also internationally.

The event coincides with cross-cutting updates to key guidance in the UK / Scotland including:

  1. The Place Principle
  2. Glasgow Place Commission
  3. Regional Spatial Strategy introduction
  4. New types of BID in Scotland
  5. RTPI research into Monitoring Outcomes of Planning

This event is devised for a broad audience of built environment decision-makers, including professional planners, architects and urban designers, landscape architects, highway and traffic engineers, regeneration, health, housing, town centre managers, consultants, retailers, public art and cultural practitioners.

The event will provide a leading forum for those concerned with the creation and development of a healthier planet, lively cities and towns, and happy citizens. It will consider contemporary thinking and innovative approaches to the design, operation and management of cities and towns. From experience, we anticipate the delegate participation to be drawn from across the UK and EU.

University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building,
Old Hawkhill,


Tickets are available to purchase at the University of Dundee via the button below.

Early Bird: £50.00 / £75.00 after the 14th February
Students/Young Urbanists/Young Planners: £30

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Source: Academy of Urbanism

February 28, 2020 at 8:30am - 6pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns