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What makes architecture more than just a building?

What makes architecture more than just a building?

The power of architecture to effect is reported extensively in respect of the Guggenheim museum building in Bilbao, with positive cultural, social and economic change in the city resulting from its opening in 1997.  On the opening of the V&A in Dundee in September last year, comparisons with Bilbao were inevitably drawn.  That said, as we noted in our blog on the V&A, a single iconic building shouldn’t be relied upon to be the catalyst for regeneration on its own.

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Aurora Spotlights - February 2019

Aurora Spotlights - February 2019

February has been a month of extreme temperatures for us, from -18 degrees in Norway (for more on which see below) to +18 in Aberdeen earlier this week - which definitely sounds like the subject for a blog for the future….  But meanwhile, for some of this month’s planning highlights, read on…  

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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Last month we went to Norway, where we spent some of our time reflecting on what the thousand huts campaign could learn from the long tradition of cabin living there, as well as being treated to some incredible aurora displays!

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2019

Aurora Spotlights - January 2019

This time last year, we issued our first ever blog! Now, turning our attention to the new year ahead, there’s a great deal on the horizon that we’re looking forward to… And, to kick things off, here’s our summary of some of the key planning matters from month one.

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All change for better places

All change for better places

As 2019 gets underway, it’s a good time to look ahead to what changes the new year might bring… One hot topic is of course the Planning Bill but, even for planners, this is not the only thing to look out for!  On which, we take a look at the relationship between the planning system, land ownership, and land-use decision making in the context of making better use of land in and around the places we live.

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Highlands and Islands Chapter Event - Planning Bill: implications for the Highlands and Islands

Highlands and Islands Chapter Event - Planning Bill: implications for the Highlands and Islands

Our Director Maggie is delighted to be supporting the RTPI Highlands and Islands Chapter, returning to the area in which she spent a very happy 8 years of her career to give her perspective on how the Planning Bill might affect the work of planners there to support the future growth of the Highlands and Islands. 

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Aurora Spotlights - December 2018

Aurora Spotlights - December 2018

It’s that time of year when the main thing on most people’s minds seems to be planning for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing happening in the world of town planning at the same time.  For some planning highlights amongst the Christmas lights from the past month, read on below…  

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“There’s more to getting to where you're going than just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

“There’s more to getting to where you're going than just knowing there's a road.” Joan Lowery Nixon

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is opening this week, well most of it anyway… But what does the AWPR actually mean for Aberdeen and the wider north east? 

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Aurora Spotlights - November 2018

Aurora Spotlights - November 2018

November is the month of world town planning day (just in case anyone missed it…), the purpose of which is to celebrate planning and the positive role it plays in shaping the places we live.  On which, read on below for our summary of some key planning things to know about from this month…

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Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Planning Bill - Stage 2 Amendments

Following this month’s completion of stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, we look at some of the key changes to have come out of this…

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