Dundee Civic Trust

Thu 16th May 2019 at 13.00 - 14.00

Dundee Civic Trust is a voluntary body and charitable trust set up in 1973 aimed at the preservation and promotion of the urban heritage of the City and its neighbourhood.

16th May 2019 - Mrs Barbara Illsley - A Personal Perspective

Who are the members of the Trust?

People like you who feel that the quality of the urban environment in which we live is an important matter and that developments should be better. People who are not content simply to complain to friends when they see poor quality designs or inappropriate developments being proposed, but wish to actually do something to try to improve the situation.

Why you should join?

The influence which the Trust can bring to bear, is clearly enhanced by the breadth and depth of its membership. By joining the Trust, even if you do nothing else, you can demonstrate that you care about your City and help to improve it. In addition your membership adds weight to the Trust's influence with developers and authorities alike.

Barbara Illsley - Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Teaching

Barbara Illsley with Award

Barbara Illsley, Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning and winner of the University of the Dundee Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Teaching in 2014, presented a Discovery Days lecture on 9 January, 2015, entitled ‘The education of tomorrow’s town planners’.

Barbara explained that town planning has a long history both as an academic discipline and a professional activity dating back over a century.  This dual identity presents educators with challenges and opportunities; graduates need to have both in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline while also demonstrating the professional competencies required by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).   One of the best ways of integrating these elements successfully is to design courses which take the students out of the class room and into the real world where they can observe, ask questions, and interact with practitioners and the public.   This approach is summed up by the famous phrase of Sir Patrick Geddes, Professor of Botany at Dundee and a founding member of the RTPI, ‘by creating we think, by living we learn’.

Barbara went onto discuss three recent projects undertaken by Dundee planning students which have been successful in integrating knowledge, skills and values; Dundee Civic Award, a design centred exercise carried out in collaboration with Dundee City Council;  a ‘cases panel’ where students review planning applications affecting the conservation area in St Andrews to assist St Andrews Preservation Trust; and a joint project with primary 7 pupils at St Mary’s Primary School looking at future employment in the city.  While each of these initiatives were of value to students in different ways, they all helped to build student confidence and develop their understanding planning in the real world. 

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