Book: Growing Awareness

Growing Awareness - 
How green consciousness can change perceptions and places

Available to order online at a special price of £35 +P&P (RRP £47.50)

A new, visionary book which brings together the views of leading experts from across the globe, to inspire the transformation of central Scotland for future generations.

Growing Awareness - How green consciousness can change perceptions and places edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, focuses on the landscape and physical environment of cities and regions today and in the future.

Launched at the sixth annual CSGN Forum, which was held in collaboration with the GSA to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the book captures the vision and learning from speakers at previous CSGN events over the past five years.

Growing Awareness reflects on the role and the benefits of landscapes and ecosystems in city regions, against a backdrop of climate change, migration, health awareness and ever-increasing urban intensification.

Containing fifteen essays by leading worldwide thinkers and practitioners in the field, the book is divided into three sections – ‘Learning from Thought’, ‘Learning from Place’ and ‘Learning from Action’, to represent the manner in which those who work with and intervene in the landscape go about their work.

Contributors include Jonathon Porritt CBE, Peter Head CBE, Sir Harry Burns and Tom Armour of Arup from the UK, as well as international projects such as New York’s High Line, the greening of the Ruhr in Germany, Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration project and the ‘Clean City, Green Waters’ programme in Philadelphia.

Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places is available at a special price of £35 +P&P (RRP £47.50), visit the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) bookshop or online at www.rias.org.uk/bookshop

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The message around climate change is clear and powerfully delivered by such an impressive array of authors. The effects of flooding and drought are and will be worldwide; the chance for better, green solutions is now. Who cannot fail to take notice?”
- Sue Illman, PPLI, HonFSE, HonFellow (UoG) and CIC Champion for Flood Mitigation and Resilience

“Scotland has always been an outward looking nation. The international breadth of the contributors and the topics covered testify to this little country’s continuing role as a gathering place of knowledge, thought and inspiration.”
- Neil Baxter, Hon FRIAS, Secretary & Treasurer, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

“Sustainable urbanism requires an integrated and holistic approach that embeds the landscape and the water system equally with all other considerations in the city.”
- John Thompson, Hon President the Academy of Urbanism and Founder Chairman of JTP