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Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

With many (but not all) city centre businesses now reopening, we got some insight into the issues facing Business Improvement Districts and how these might be addressed when we caught up with Aberdeen Inspired’s Adrian Watson… And the good news is that, with a combination of partnership working, innovative thinking, and culture change, there seems to be a positive future for BIDs and our city centres. 

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Aurora Spotlights - June 2020

Aurora Spotlights - June 2020

As lockdown restrictions are now starting to be relaxed, planning has an important role to play in shaping our post-Coronavirus cities. At the same time, as we all adapt to the new normal (however temporary that normal may turn out to be), planning continues to impact on a wide range of matters completely unrelated to Coronavirus. For more on both, read on…

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A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” The current Covid-19 crisis may not be the best of times for anyone but, like that being described by Dickens in his tale of two cities, it is undeniably a time of controversy and contradiction.So how might our cities - the current, and the post Covid-19 - compare?

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Aurora Spotlights - May 2020

Aurora Spotlights - May 2020

This is now our third lockdown Spotlights, so the banner image is another home office window view.  And, as readers of our guest blog on home working from earlier this month will know, having a suitable window in any home office space is important!  The continuing impact of coronavirus is also once again very much the focus this month, although there are other things happening as well…

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There's no place like home

There's no place like home

This month, we’re delighted to have a very pertinent guest blog from Richard Slater, the current president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, taking a look at what we need to work from home effectively, and how such spaces might be designed into new homes in the future. Wherever you’re reading this from, check out what he has to say! 

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Aurora Spotlights - April 2020

Aurora Spotlights - April 2020

We’ve now been in lockdown for just over a month and, like many others, we’re adapting to new ways of living, working and socialising from home. And the planning system is adapting too, with emergency legislation passed this month to ensure this continues to play a positive role in shaping the places in which we do that. For more on the new legislation and other planning highlights from this month, read on…  

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ACVO Affiliates event - 24 April 2020

ACVO Affiliates event - 24 April 2020

We had been looking forward to speaking at the ACVO Affiliates event this month. However, with the Coronovirus lockdown, that event was replaced by blog post with contributions from each of the speakers - for more details on the event, the blog and the affiliates scheme, read on…

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Going viral

Going viral

It is impossible to ignore the impact that coronavirus is having on all our lives, and the planning system has a role to play in supporting people and businesses through this pandemic. Given how much many of us use technology to do our jobs, keep in touch with family and friends, and keep ourselves entertained, we particularly wondered what Smart Cities might have to offer…

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Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

Aurora Spotlights - March 2020

It’s incredible how our whole world can change in the space of a few weeks – this time last month, Covid-19 was something that we read about in the news, now it is something that has directly affected how we all live and work.  Covid-19 also has significant implications for planning, and so this is the inevitable focus of this month’s Spotlights.    

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The art of flood defence

The art of flood defence

The first couple of months of this year saw a number of major flood events making headline news and, when we caught up with a friend who was involved in the design of the Perth flood protection scheme earlier this week, this got us thinking about what can be learned from experiences there and applied to new projects to ensure that they make a positive contribution to the urban realm in which they are installed.

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