LISW August 2017 Newsletter

Digital Placemaking Seminar, 7th September 2017



Dear Members


Tickets are now available for our Digital Placemaking Seminar being held at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol on 7th September. This will be an evening seminar exploring how digital technology is being utilised to enrich designs, communicate ideas and enhance people’s experiences of the public realm. We will discuss elements such as web-based information exchange, open source data, digital apps for public realm regeneration and the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to assist community engagement and design.

After a short introduction by Illya Sparkes-Santos and LISW committee member Sarah Jones-Morris on the potential future of data exchange and web-based technology, presentations will follow from key speakers Jo Morrison from Calvium and Amanda Gregor from Witteveen+Bos UK.

We look forward to seeing you there and perhaps afterwards for a drink in the Cafe Bar.




Digital Placemaking Seminar

Thursday 7th September 2017

6.30pm Tobacco Factory, Bristol


Tickets: £5 – £10,52YAO,PUNXYS,JGMX9,1


Image Credit: Hidden Florence, Calvium.



South West Design Review Panel


The Creating Excellence South West Design Review Panel (SWDRP) and Housing Excellence Design Panel are looking for new panel members and seek applications from practitioners who are confident communicators demonstrating an exceptional working knowledge of design policy and practice in relation to the built environment.


Applicants should submit their CV, references and a covering letter to by Friday 22nd September 2017. For more details about the evidence and experience required, as well as further information about the panels, please click here to download further information.



Protect and Survive – National Amenity Conference 2017


The Arboricultural Association are holding their Conference at the University of Exeter on 10th – 13th September. This year the theme is Arboricultural Biosecurity, looking at challenges and solutions for plant health. Day Two, in association with CIEEM, is covering diversity, ecology and tree selection plus environmental management. Early bird discounts are available until 10th August.  (Link Here.)



Other Upcoming Events around the Region


Plenty of summer events coming up…. below are just a selection. For more information about events and articles, please see our twitter page. Go to – you do not need to join twitter to see LISW tweets. Our twitter name is @LI_SouthWest.



9th August, History of ICE, Bristol


11th August, Night Swim looking at the night-flying diet of bats at Buckfastleigh


18th August, Bugs and Scrub Course, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust


30th August, Future Perfect: Art and Community – public art in the community, Architecture Centre, Bristol


Various Events, including ‘Encouraging Pollinators’ courses, Botanic Garden, University of Bristol


The Brutalist Playground, University of Bath, until 9th September



6th September, ICE SW, Consultancy contracts and liability, Swindon


6th September, Saving Bristol’s Buildings, Arnolfini


7th-10th September, Bristol Doors Open Days


12th September, Surveying with drones, RICS, Totnes–infrared-thermal-imagery/totnes/



18th – 20th October Festival of the Future City, Bristol


Call for abstracts by October 2017

Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live Conference, 25-26th January 2018



Walled Garden Visit, Museum in the Park, Stroud


Finally, thanks to all those who joined us in the Walled Garden, Museum in the Park, Stroud for a lovely, sunny evening visit on 17th July.  It was great to meet you all. Particular thanks to Kevin Ward, Museum Manager and Rachael Emous-Austin of Austin Design Works for an interesting presentation about the recent renovation of the garden and the extensive community input.  The planting was looking spectacular!



Images courtesy of Rhea Parkes, RAE Limited.


If you have any suggestions or ideas for an event, do get in touch via our email address or on social media (links below).


Best wishes,


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