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‘There goes the neighbourhood’ – Neighbourhood Summit

November 22, 2017 @ 12:00 - November 23, 2017 @ 17:30 GMT


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 Neighbourhoods finalists, the aim is to explore the physical, social and economic attributes that make for successful neighbourhoods. Using lessons from successful ‘established’ neighbourhoods, we aim to identify factors that can help regenerate existing neighbourhoods and making new neighbourhoods and estates more ‘liveable’.

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Day One – 22 November 2017
Study trip to Broughty Ferry
AoU Neighbourhood Finalist
Venue: St Aidan’s Hall, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2EY
13.30 Assemble and Registration
14.00 Welcome and Presentation
John Dey, Senior Architect, Nicoll Russell Architects and Liz Taylor, Vice Chairperson and Joan Chalmers, Secretary, Broughty Ferry in Bloom
14.30 Visit to Broughty Ferry
Tour with local group
17.00-18.00 Visit to Dundee Waterfront

Gordon S Reid, Team Leader at Dundee City Council (meet at the Apex Hotel @ 17:00)

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 Do We Mean By Exemplar Neighbourhoods and How Can We Create Them?
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
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: Francis Newton AoU, Edinburgh City Council
North Berwick, East Lothian: Hilary Smith, Chair, North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership
Dumfries: Rowena Colpitts, Sustrans

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) The appropriate mix of housing types and demographic balance

(2) Role of schools, health facilities, public services and infrastructure

(3) Role of local business networks, innovation and creativity

(4) Role of heritage, identity, conservation and the environment

(5) The role of community involvement and empowerment mechanisms– legal, financial, land etc.

15.30 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: £90.00
Students and Young Urbanists: £45.00

Discounted fee available until 7th November 2017. Group Discounts are available on request. Please contact h.j.b.gunn@dundee.ac.uk 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 loganair.co.uk 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 debbie.ree@conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk

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November 22, 2017 @ 12:00 GMT
November 23, 2017 @ 17:30 GMT


West Park
319 Perth Road
Dundee , DD2 1NN United Kingdom
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