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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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Aurora Spotlights - February 2020

Aurora Spotlights - February 2020

With wild weather dominating the headlines this month, and some serious flooding across the UK as a result, there are inevitably questions to be asked about the role planning can play in contributing to tackling the climate crisis. For more on which, and on other planning highlights from this month, read on below….  

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Family planning

Family planning

Having given birth to a daughter at the beginning of this year, I find myself wondering about the world she will grow up in, the challenges facing this, and what planning might do to address some of these…  In particular, it is impossible to ignore the climate crisis we’re facing, amongst other issues. So, what role can (and should) planning play in all this?

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Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

Aurora Spotlights - January 2020

While we’re almost at the end of the first month of 2020 already, we’re still in new year mode, and looking ahead to what this holds for planning…  Perhaps most notably, there’s the ongoing implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act, but there is a lot else as well.  For some of this month’s key highlights, read on below!

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