Edinburgh News – February 2011 : Buildings in Scotland
Edinburgh News : February 2011
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Edinburgh News – Feb 2011
Commonwealth Games Cultural Venues
Scottish Sustainability Legislation
The Government has already reduced the planning burden for homeowners wishing to install certain technologies. But planning permission is still required to install similar equipment on non-domestic buildings.
Following a consultation last year, the Scottish Government has now laid a Parliamentary Order that will pave the way for various technologies to be installed on non-domestic buildings from March 18, including:
• Solar thermal panels;
Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown said: "These changes will help cut red tape in the planning system and enable savings on energy bills. More use of microgeneration technologies such as solar panels can help Scots reduce their emissions and boost the development of a low carbon economy, which is key to Scotland’s future success as a nation, creating new jobs in an emerging industry.
The former President of Catalonia, Pasqual Maragall, who is on a short visit to Scotland, has today been honoured by the presentation of an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
President Maragall was Mayor of Barcelona from 1982 to 1997 and provided the political drive and vision which led to Barcelona securing the Olympic Games for 1992. The President also drove many of the initiatives which regenerated Barcelona and helped transform it into a major economic success and a magnet for tourists from throughout the world.
Although he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, President Maragall generously participated in a question and answer event before an invited audience at Edinburgh’s Lower Signet Library. Along with his friend, the Barcelona architect David Mackay, he responded to questions on the regeneration of Barcelona after the forty year dictatorship of General Franco, how the Olympic Games were secured and how the legacy of the Games continues to benefit the city.
The vote of thanks at the event was given by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs. Ms Hyslop, who issued the formal invitation from the Scottish Government for President Maragall’s visit to Scotland, commended the Past President’s vision, particularly his inspired commissioning of architectural and environmental projects. She also specifically commented on the warm and enduring relationship between Catalonia and Scotland and how the lessons learned from the Barcelona Olympics will be useful to Scotland in the lead up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
She said: “Today, Barcelona is recognised as one of the most important and beautiful cities to visit in the world. To transform the city of old into the place that we now know took remarkable vision, skill and determination. Glasgow 2014 will generate lasting benefits for the whole of Scotland and I am sure there is a lot we can still learn from President Maragall’s experience of delivering such a positive legacy from a major sporting event.”
The President’s visit was supported by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland whose President, David Dunbar commented: “Pasqual Maragall’s reputation and influence extends well beyond Catalonia. The regeneration of Barcelona through imaginative architecture and major events, particularly the Olympic Games, is an example from which many other cities have learned. President Maragall instinctively understands the contribution which architects, clever strategic planning and high quality cultural, commercial and residential development can make to cities. Barcelona’s investment in ideas has paid off massively. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is delighted that we have been able to work with the Scottish Government to bring such an inspiring visitor to Scotland.”
President Maragall’s Fellowship is the highest honour the Incorporation pays to non-architects and recognises his vision, his inspired architectural commissioning and his major and enduring contribution to European politics. 25 Feb
Scotland’s Housing Expo Event
Adolf Loos Exhibition Opens
South Clerk Street Odeon Cinema Petition
Super Insulated House
Ravenscraig New Town
However, Mr McEwan said he was due to pay off the arrears this week, and was angry that AiA had not been given the option to stay on and meet the higher rent in future. He said: "They say they’ve got somebody else to take it over to give them more money, but they never gave us the chance. We were slightly in arrears that we are just about to pay off, but we weren’t given the option to stay. "We’ve got lots of community workshops planned for the next six months." AiA have been told to vacate the building by 23 May.
AiA is behind the Granton Sur Mer project to revitalise the Granton and Leith Waterfront, and also helped residents of the Flower Colonies in Slateford Road formulate their opposition to a housing development, which was denied permission last August.
AiA are hoping to bring the WAF Transformations exhibition from Barcelona to Edinburgh from May to June, more online closer to the time. Previously they tried to organise the Edinburgh Waterfront Symposium. 16 Feb
Riccarton Student Village
Museum of Scotland
Taste Good Restaurant
Cameron Toll Expansion
Urban Realm News
Edinburgh Architect Job
Jo Yeates Tribute
St Joseph’s Primary
Edinburgh Architect Job
The Lighthouse Exhibitions
Highlights from Jan 2011
Scottish National Arena Glasgow
South Glasgow Hospital
Centre for Virus Research
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