Barbara Illsley - Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Teaching

| Environment, Planning, Geddes Institute, Awards, Lectures & Workshops

Barbara Illsley, Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning and winner of the University of the Dundee Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Teaching in 2014, presented a Discovery Days lecture on 9 January, 2015, entitled ‘The education of tomorrow’s town planners’. Barbara explained that town planning has a long history both as an academic discipline and a professional activity dating back over a century.  This dual identity presents educators with challenges and opportunities; graduates need to have both in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline whi...

50 years of planning staff reunion

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| Planning, Environment, Geddes Institute, news 2014

Laughter and happy memories were the order of the day in Town and Regional Planning when current and former staff met to celebrate 50 years of planning at Dundee.  The buffet lunch, held in the University Tower, was the final event of a very busy year of celebrations.  Colleagues from each of the past five decades shared their stories of planning, aided by a wonderful display of photographs taken over a thirty year period by the late Dave Gourlay, who is sadly missed by us all.  Thanks to Anne Thomas Cumming for the delicious birthday cake.  The party was not just about the past however...

Place Making Symposium

| Planning, Architecture, CECHR,Lectures & Workshops, Geddes Institute, Place-making, Event

Professions, place-making and the public: what next? Friday 14th November 2014, 12-5pm The Symposium will share learning and consider the developing nature of professional engagement with the public and the professions’ changing role in creating successful places This is the fourth national event in a series of symposiums developed around the theme of ‘Place Making’ and run jointly with our partners and collaborators (Architecture Design Scotland, Academy of Urbanism, RTPI, RICS, Planning Aid for Scotland, CECHR, Homes for Scotland.. etc.).  We are expecting more than 100 &...

Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability

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Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September 2014 Supported by the Geddes Institute for Urban|Rural Research and the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) Arranged for MSc students within the School of the Environment, however it is also open to anyone who would like to attend.  The event involves talks from distinguished guests including Alex Hill (Met Office Scotland), Katie Crerar (Tayplan) and Professors Stuart Gulliver and David Adams (Glasgow University). Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability Please contact Dr  Husam Al Waer ( if you have an...

On the Waterfront, with Minecraft!

| CECHR, Planning, Environment, Geddes Institute

Derek Robertson (School of Education, Social Work and Community Education) and Deepak Gopinath (Town and Regional Planning, School of Environment) won CECHR Incubation Fund Competition at University of Dundee (Jun 2014) for a sum of £1600 to carry out the project, titled ‘On the Waterfront: Using Minecraft with school pupils to allow them to digitally reimagine, design and build Dundee’s waterfront’. This project will commence in September 2014.   Dundee Waterfront World pictured above created by School of the Environment's Andrew Rennie. Full details of  Minecraft: O...

NEW MSc in Sustainability

| Environment, CECHR, Sustainability,news 2014, Geddes Institute

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance. The University’s new MSc in Sustainability platform provides training in theory, critical analysis and the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures. Our graduates will be a new generation of change makers. The portfolio of environmental disciplines is exceptionally strong in the University as are its traditions of cross-disciplinary collaboration and interdisciplinary pr...

CECHR Incubator Competition - 2014

| Environment, CECHR, Competition,news 2014, Geddes Institute, Resilience

Applications are invited for up to three 'incubator grants', sharing from a maximum fund of £5,000, to support new interdisciplinary projects aligned to the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) mission of promoting more sustainable and equitable futures.  This year proposals aligned to the University's Transformation Agenda are particularly encouraged, especially around the three core themes of 'promoting the sustainable use of global resources', 'shaping the future through innovative design' and 'improving social, cultural and physical well-...

ISoCaRP Workshop

| Planning,Lectures & Workshops,Environment, Geddes Institute

Town and Regional Planning were delighted to welcome planners from Scotland, England and Europe to an ISoCaRP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) workshop held in the university last week.  The workshop, on the theme of ‘The Realism of Implementation - Engagement of Local Resources’ explored the challenges which are being addressed in the process of renewal and recovery in Dundee.   Speakers included Pam Ewen, TAYplan Strategic Development Planning Manager and Allan Watt, Dundee Waterfront Manager, both key players involved in the city’s regeneration, as w...

Let’s plan a new town

| Environment, Planning, Geddes Institute

Primary school pupils from across Dundee got the chance ‘to plan a new town’ at the Engage Dundee event held on 6 May 2014.  Working with staff from Town and Regional Planning, the pupils began by discussing what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood.  Their ‘likes’  included living near friends, shops they could walk to, parks with swings, seesaws and football pitches, wide streets, and well-designed houses and their ‘dislikes’ included major roads with noisy traffic, anti-social behaviour, a lack of things to do in the park, small gardens, not ...

Architectural History in Practice

| Planning, Environment, Lectures & Workshops,news 2014, Geddes Institute

Tuesday 27 May 6 – 8pm A Planning Aid Scotland event in conjunction with 50 years of planning education at Dundee Tom Parnell, Architectural Historian with Simpson & Brown (a conservation architecture practice), will talk about how he helps inform architects and clients in developing designs and supporting planning applications. This visually-based presentation will look at the tools available for research into the historic built environment; discuss case-studies and the documents produced (such as conservation plans and statements); and examine what can/should be expected of applications re...