Glasgow is set to host a one-day conference looking at the pivotal role of artists and designers in creating vibrant places for people to live and enjoy.

The sixth annual forum of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will feature 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. The event will mark Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The conference, held jointly with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), will focus on how artists, architects and designers can help communities, businesses and educational institutions to make or regenerate liveable places.

The event on 21 June 2016 is part of the Festival of Architecture programme which is running throughout the year to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).  

Inspiration will be drawn from across the globe with the attendance of three international keynote speakers. Wayne Hemingway will talk about how HemingwayDesign is delivering new standards in building communities not just houses, while Andrew Grant of Grant Associates will look from Sheffield to Singapore as he discusses how creative communities make special places and René Sommer Lindsay will explain how Copenhagen’s Climate Neighbourhoods are increasing the city’s resilience to flooding. 

Projects in and around Glasgow will also feature in the programme exploring the transformational role of art and design in the urban realm and its contribution to place making. The Forum will also include the selection of the winner in the CSGN Ideas Fund 2016 which will receive up to £5,000 funding.

In partnership with the GSA, this year’s CSGN Forum aims to engage the art and design community by attracting an audience of public, private and third sector professionals, community activists and students in a range of fields from green infrastructure, greenspace, art and architecture to sustainable development, urban regeneration, community engagement and empowerment.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN, said: “In the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the CSGN Forum will shine a spotlight on the value of art and design to the environment, people and the economy.  We are honoured to be working in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art and I’m sure the line-up of keynote speakers from across the globe will inspire delegates to embrace creativity in green thinking.”

The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading schools of studio-based learning and research. 

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 we will be talking about at the event.”

Following the Forum there will be a reception launching Growing Awareness, a new book edited by Professor Brian Evans, which 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.

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.  Stretching from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west, to Fife and Lothians in the east, the CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population.

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