A&DS at Cities and Design Conference, Bilbao

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Architecture and Design Scotland has been invited to speak at the Cities and Design 2014 conference which takes place on 2-3 July in Bilbao. Emma Halliday, from our Access programme, will be delivering a talk drawing on Glasgow as a design city and its experience of hosting major cultural events and festivals – including Glasgow 2014. We caught up with Emma before she caught the plane to Bilbao.

What lessons from Glasgow are you hoping to share with the conference?

I will be introducing Glasgow as a design city that has re-invented and regenerated itself over the last 50 years with an emphasis on the major cultural events that Glasgow has hosted over that period. Most significantly European City of Culture 1990, UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and most recently the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As a legacy project of the Games I will be sharing the projects and outcomes of the award winning Stalled Spaces initiative that is delivered by Glasgow City Council.

Are there any specific topics that are coming up during Glasgow 2014 that you think you will be talking about?

Glasgow currently has more vacant and contaminated sites than the rest of Scotland put together. Stalled Spaces is a citywide initiative, started by Glasgow City Council in 2010. The scheme provides a small amount of funding and ideas for local people to turn unproductive land into community assets, such as play areas, public art spaces or community gardens. Lots of creative collaborations have emerged between community groups, private developers, artists, architects, horticulturists and many others.

What would you like delegates to come away with?

I would like delegates at the conference to discover the possibilities offered by working directly with local communities. The energy, enthusiasm and commitment that people can make to their area, how small scale projects can transform environments and act as a stepping stone for large projects. In the examples from Glasgow I will be showing that people really are playing their part in making their city.

About the Cities and Design 2014 Conference:

The Cities and Design 2014 Conference, held in Bilbao is organised by the BiDC (Bilbao Bizkaia Creative and Design Council) . The BiDC is a public-private organisation supported by local institutions, private businesses, and some individuals in the Basque Country (Spain).

Delegates are from Creative Industries, some of them final year students, professionals, and also policy-makers. Most of them come from the Basque Country but also from other parts of Spain, and neighbouring countries. Other speakers include Anne Boddington for Brighton, representing South East Design Forum, Verity McIntosh for Bristol, representing Playable City Award. Mark Lawler for Liverpool, representing Baltic Creative.

Image from the Steve Tiesdell Image Collection.

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