CSGN Forum 2017

CSGN Forum 2017
How green infrastructure is transforming the way we live

This event took place on Thursday 15 June at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

This year’s Forum, our seventh, provided an opportunity to explore how green infrastructure projects are transforming the way we develop and repair our cities and towns.

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Highlights from the 2017 CSGN Forum

Opening Ministerial speech from the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Keynote Speakers

Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Senior Architect, Stefano Boeri Architects - Bosco Verticale

Wendy Langham, Programme Manager, Eastside Partnership - Connswater Community Greenway

Niels Jensen, Traffic Planner, City of Copenhagen - Copenhagen's Green  Routes

Plenary Debate

CSGN Forum 2018

CSGN Forum 2018 
Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation

Our 2018 forum will be taking place on 14 June at the Hamish Wood Building, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Event planning is underway and we will have programme details shortly.

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Watch highlights from the 2017 CSGN Forum


CSGN Forum 2016

The Art of Placemaking – 2016 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

This event took place on 21 June 2016 at The Glasgow School of Art

In June 2016, we were delighted to host our 2016 Forum with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Our event was part of the Festival of Architecture and was designed to support the themes of the 2016, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The conference focused on the role of artists and design professionals in working with communities to make or regenerate liveable places. The conference aimed to highlight the value of art in supporting sustainable growth and addressing health and other inequalities, and demonstrate how the process of cultural planning and the engagement of artists and designers can support community empowerment. The programme was designed to raise awareness of international practice and highlight what’s already being achieved around Glasgow.

Highlights from 2016 CSGN Forum

Keynote speaker presentations

Wayne Hemingway, Founder of Red or Dead and Hemingway Design
Designing for Communities

René Sommer Lindsay, Project Director for Copenhagen's first 'cloudburst' responsive neighbourhood
Copenhagen’s Climate Neighbourhoods

Andrew Grant, Founding Director of Grant Associates and lead designer of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay
From Sheffield to Singapore; how creative communities make special places

The Glasgow School of Art

The GSA is recognised as one of Europe's leading higher education institutions and aims to be a global leader in studio-based learning and research: collaborating locally, nationally and internationally and transforming thinking by developing creative approaches with new audiences.

Research is pivotal in the creative development of the School. It is the sphere in which staff and students share and exchange ideas, knowledge and interests. In the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the School was ranked as the second largest art and design research community in the UK, with 25% of its research considered to be world leading and a further 25% internationally recognised.

The Festival of Architecture

The Festival of Architecture programme is available here www.foa2016.com


Growing Awareness - How green consciousness can change perceptions and places now available to buy

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.

Highly Commended: Landscape Policy and Research - Landscape Institute Awards 2017

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

Alternatively, send your order (quantity and postal address) direct to CSGNT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

CSGN Photography Competition

Our CSGN Photography Competition was new for 2015. Shortlisting took place in May and the winners were announced at the CSGN Forum on 2nd June.

You can view our photography competition display boards with the shortlisted entries and winners.

Our categories:

Greenspaces have a large part to play in the makeup of towns and cities. Greenspace can mean a lot of things. The parks that people play in, pathways that are used for cycling or walking to libraries and schools, the trees that are planted in the middle of a high street, an allotment where local people are growing their own vegetables – that’s just to name a few. They all play a part in helping the environment and making healthy and attractive places for people to live and visit. We asked for the best images of greenspace and green infrastructure that the CSGN area has to offer.

Urban Greenspace in Action Winner – Alisdair Woodburn
Images of urban greenspace or bluespace that are being used.
Open to ages 17+

Greenspaces and bluespaces are significant facets of good placemaking – the planning, design and management of public spaces. They contribute to making a city or a town a better place to live, visit and do business in. There are many forms of greenspace and the benefits they bring are numerous. Street trees and green roofs, city parks and greened cycle routes, each helps to mitigate flooding, improve health and bring nature into cities and towns.

Central Belt Landscapes Winner – Brian Cairns

Images of landscapes from across the CSGN area.
Open to ages 17+

In this category, we are opening up the full riches that the central belt has to offer as your subject. Whether it’s your favourite view out over some greenspace, somewhere that has been on your to-do-list to visit for some time, or what you see around you on your outdoor pursuits, this is an opportunity to showcase stunning landscapes, woodland and other greenspace, rivers, canals and coastlines showing central Scotland at its finest. 

My Greenspace Winner – Emma McBride 
Images of green and blue spaces that you, your family and your friends like to visit and use.
Open to ages 16 and under

For this category, we asked for photos of greenspaces or bluespaces in a town or city setting that are important to children and young people.