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International speakers included Wayne Hemmingway, Andrew Grant and René Sommer Lindsay

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This week Glasgow played host to a green conference looking at the central role of artists, architects and designers in creating vibrant places for people to live and enjoy.

The sixth annual forum of the CSGN, in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), featured contributions from acclaimed designers, architects and artists from across the globe including urban design champion, Wayne Hemingway, international landscape architect, Andrew Grant, and Copenhagen-based architect, René Sommer Lindsay.

Over 200 delegates attended the event at the GSA on 21 June 2016 which focused on how artists, architects and designers can help communities, businesses and educational institutions to make or regenerate liveable places and marked Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.  It also formed part of The Festival of Architecture programme which is running throughout 2016 to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).  

Inspiration was drawn from the international architecture and design community with the attendance of three keynote speakers.  Wayne Hemmingway highlighted  how HemingwayDesign is delivering new standards in building communities not just houses, while Andrew Grant of Grant Associates looked from Sheffield to Singapore as he discussed how creative communities make special places and René Sommer Lindsay explained how Copenhagen’s Climate Neighbourhoods are increasing the city’s resilience to flooding. 

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN, said: “This year’s Forum capitalised on the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design to showcase the value of art and design to the environment, people and the economy.  The international keynote speakers were a fantastic inspiration for delegates to embrace creativity in green thinking.”

A reception followed the conference to launch Growing Awareness, a new book edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at GSA and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, about the landscape and physical environment of cities and regions today and in the future. 

Growing Awareness captures the vision and learning from speakers at previous CSGN events over the past five years, including Jonathon Porritt CBE, Peter Head CBE, Sir Harry Burns and Tom Armour of Arup from the UK, as well as international contributions such as New York’s High Line, the greening of the Ruhr in Germany and Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration project.

Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at GSA, said: “As a society we face big challenges in climate change and wellness. Greening our world helps enormously. If we face up to the challenges with designed intent and if we do it well, we can make our world safer, healthier and more beautiful – that is what the Forum – the Art of Placemaking - was all about.”

As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN is working to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.