Paranorma: Scotland and the Netherlands Landscape Architecture Thinktank

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Leading practitioners in landscape, architecture and design from Scotland and the Netherlands came together for a two day think tank weekend (Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2007) to explore the themes, issues and challenges which face natural landscapes in the two countries.

With both countries facing pressures on their natural areas, the think tank entitled ‘Panorama’ was an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and responses to landscape, development pressures, conservation and tourism.

Fifty eight delegates attended the two day event in Glasgow which included discussion around current policy and practice, the historical context and challenges for the future with contributions from leading practitioners and experts from both countries. The second day of the think tank gave delegates the opportunity put their discussions into context with a trip to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Speaking before the event Brian Evans, Deputy Chair of A&DS, who co-chaired the event said-

“This event brings together leaders in policy, design and research from the Netherlands and Scotland for an important opportunity to learn from each other and reflect on future challenges facing the environment and landscapes of northern Europe.
“The Dutch are renowned internationally for quality and innovation in landscape planning and design and although the natural landscapes of Scotland and the Netherlands are very different I believe we can learn a lot from one another. We are delighted to welcome our colleagues to Scotland for these two days to share experience, develop knowledge and examine issues.

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