Planning in Tayside: A Culture for Creativity

Lorna Sim, Convenor of RTPI East of Scotland Chapter, outlines her thoughts following a successful September event on Dundee’s V+A, City of Culture Bid and Creative Scotland

This week saw a range of planning professionals, place makers and marketers gather adjacent to Abertay University, in the heart of Dundee. Attracted by the event theme and an excellent range of speakers the event saw over 35 planners gather to listen and engage in discussion with Stewart Murdoch of Dundee City Council, Tara Wainwright of the V&A at Dundee and Morgan Petrie of Creative Scotland. One focus of the evening’s discussion was around Dundee City’s recent shortlisting as a candidate of City of Culture 2017, in addition to bringing together topics and issues relevant to the marketing and connectivity, and creativity involved in the creation and shaping, of places.

In reviewing some of the correspondence during and after the event (yes, we even trialled a hashtag!), it is clear that planning can truly reach out to embrace culture and creativity. Interesting perhaps when compared to the traditional mantra that regeneration can be predominately led through physical change and transformation. As the evening progressed and the event drew to a close, we reflected as a Chapter that infact the challenge is not for planning alone to raise aspirations and create success but rather for planners and the planning profession to reach out across disciplines and embrace opportunities. Collaborative partnership working is a key to success.

The East of Scotland RTPI Chapter has had a successful 2013 so far, having established a strong core of planners from across the area, who continue to support events. If you would like to be added to the East of Scotland Chapter’s mailing list, please email  Our next event is on Thursday 7th November in Perth on Energy and Renewables. More information on this event will be circulated shortly.

We wish Dundee City all the best in the final stage of their bid for City of Culture 2017 and trust that the catalyst of V&A at Dundee will anchor the city’s successes.

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