Author Archives: Carla Pianese

New Towns, New Cities: Places of Diversity and Innovation

June 27 – 1 July 2017 
Milton Keynes, UK

The International New Town Institute and The Academy of Urbanism have come together to mark the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes with a co-designed joint-program of events proposing a reflection on New Towns as places of diversity and innovation.

The three-day program is part of a wider CityFest taking place in Milton Keynes from June 26 to July 1st, and includes:

• The International New Town Day Conference exploring the relation between migration and urban dynamics and looking at ‘New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings’ (June 28),
• The Academy of Urbanism Symposium ‘New Towns: What’s Next? examining the way places respond to changing lifestyles and technological innovations (June 30)
• A joint INTI/AoU day of city tours, discussions and an evening drinks reception during which participants will discover and understand the roots and soul of the 50-year-old Milton Keynes: its past, present and future (June 29)
• The INTI London Tour exploring London-South from the perspective of migration and its relation to new town developments.

Check out more info about the program and speakers’ profiles day by day on the partners’ websites:
International New Town Day ‘‘New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings’ and London Tour (
The Academy of Urbanism Symposium ‘New Towns: What’s Next?’ (

Registrations are open at:
If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to receive more information, please contact:
AoU at



Heritage Matters: from Policy to Practice

5 July 2017

The seminar is taking place on Wednesday 5th July at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. We have a great line up of speakers as well as topic with the day somewhat split into three sections:

  • Development and Heritage;
  • A question of Balance followed by Listed Buildings – A Costly Business. How to Stay Out of the Courts
  • Conservation Areas, 50 and Beyond followed by Design Matters: Understanding the Responding to Character.

    The final part of the day; Construction Cost Management in the Heritage Sector followed by A Landscape Approach to Protecting and Celebrating Heritage

    See  the full  programme and full event details here.

Do conservation areas hold back or encourage positive development?

14 June 2017

We all agree that the protection and enhancement of Scotland’s conservation areas are important though some of us may be concerned that this statutory requirement of local authorities is not being met in many cases. However, as pressure increases to build in urban areas, might there by a case for a loosening of some of the restrictions that planning law places on new developments in and around conservation areas? Is heritage management compatible with innovative and bold modern architecture? Are we stifling creativity and radical design by holding onto long-cherished heritage principles? How do we best deal with new design in historic settings?

These are just some of the issues our panel of experts will be discussing and debating with the audience. It promises to be a lively event.

Find out more about the debate here..

EVENT POSTPONED: Scotland Branch CPD: 50 Years of Conservation Area Planning

We are obliged to postpone this CPD until later this summer due to unexpected circumstances.

13 June 2017
Ayr and Maybole

Programme of the day

10.00     Arrival at Ayr Committee Room in Ayr County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR.

10.30     Background by Catherine Parish of South Ayrshire Council to Ayr Conservation Area, (designated 1969), and current planning issues in the burgh.

11.00     Patrick Dunne of Ayr Renaissance on the strategy for Ayr High Street that involves major townscape surgery within the Conservation Area to deliver a masterplan.

11.30     Charles Strang – conservation area issues in Ayr in the 1970s. (Charles worked for Kyle and Carrick District Council in the 1970s.

12.00     Walking tour of the main part of Ayr Conservation Area, looking at the buildings by the river targeted by a completed THI, the new masterplan area, other town centre work and areas of interest

1.00        Lunch and travel to Maybole, by car share or train (Ayr to Maybole 13.29 (11 mins) to see the town before the impact of THI/ CARS investment just announced in 2017

2.15        Colin Love of South Ayrshire Council talk and tour of Maybole Conservation Area, (designated 1974) and the community’s ‘Maybole Regeneration’ project including Maybole Castle

4.00        Approximate finish time. Disperse or return to Ayr by train (16.09 to Ayr) or car-share.

Trains from Glasgow Central: 8.30; 8.38; 9.00; 9.04; 9.31 (this last arrives in Ayr at 10.18)

Ayr to Glasgow Central 16.23; 16.27; 16.54; 1706; 17.24

The nearest free parking is on Queens Terrace Lane opposite the Horizon Hotel.

COST:    £30 – IHBC Members/Affiliates/Associates and students £40 – non-members.
Pay on the day, or ask for invoice when you book with
Delivers 6 hours CPD. Certificates on request.

Further reading: PAN 71; Ayr Central Conservation Area Appraisal ; Maybole Conservation Area Appraisal ; Civic Day on 17 June marks 50 years of conservation areas, introduced by the Civic Amenities Act in 1967. IHBC Scotland will celebrate this the preceding Tuesday, in one of the first conservation areas to be designated, “Ayr Number 1”, in 1969. On 27 September we will have a day marking six conservation areas designated in Aberdeen in July 1968, thus covering two opposite ends of the country. IHBC will also partner Scottish Civic Trust in its annual conference on 50 Years of Conservation Areas in Scotland. And finally the question remains – which was the first Conservation Area to be designated in Scotland?  Discuss!

Memory & Authenticity: Cultural Protection in Conflict

30 June 2027

Drawing on the London Festival of Architecture theme, Memory, author and critic Robert Bevan will chair a panel of international speakers to discuss the politics and challenges of protecting and preserving cultural heritage in post-conflict contexts.

Organised by the British Council and Historic England.

Find out more here..