Future Planning

Future Planning: Designing Places in a Climate Emergency

8th October, Glasgow 

Continuing trends towards urbanisation and the pressing realities of a climate emergency require us to urgently revaluate how we plan, design and build the ways we live in and move around our urban environments. A step change in the scale, pace and culture of delivery is needed.

For a future-proofed, long-term approach to planning and delivery, resilience, liveability, and sustainability must become the essential building blocks of our towns and cities. This is supported by concurrent changes to the Scottish Planning Bill, on-going public health reform work, the Vacant & Derelict Land Initiative, and changing population demographics.

The ability of effective planning at city and city-region scales to simultaneously deliver multiple economic, social and environmental benefits is evident. In practice this means using green infrastructure to deliver integrated, multi-functional spaces, with joined-up coordination between transport, land-use and open-space planning. Under this approach the essential aspects of resilience, liveability, and sustainability are maximised and mainstreamed.

This integrated approach will help deliver multiple strategic outcomes: for a climate emergency, health and well-being, community participation, biodiversity, and inclusive growth. 


By bringing together key stakeholders and agencies across the planning, housing and built environment sectors, and showcasing practical examples via our presenters and panellists, this event will address the following themes:

  1. What does future proofing mean, and what is the need for it?
  2. What is the role of masterplanning in planning and designing future proofed places?
  3. How do we practically deliver on this?
  4. How do we work together to better protect, adapt, evaluate and maintain what we deliver?

Our practical case studies from across Scotland, the UK, and Europe will focus both on strategic, city-scale projects, as well as the more detailed delivery within the housing sector. For example, case studies will explore delivery mechanisms and partnership approaches, retrofitting, and masterplanning. There will also be representation from the private sector to demonstrate successful long-term business models and creating value in delivering housing.

We will also aim to work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to deliver event outputs that facilitate a continuation of this emerging and on-going conversation.

This event counts towards CPD provision for planners and is part of the Planning Skills Series.

Who should attend

Our programme is specific to planners, house builders/developers and those with a role in delivering the built environment. We welcome other related disciplines dealing with the urban environment to provide a collaborative and solutions-oriented experience. We expect to run this event for 250-300 delegates.

Get involved

The event programme is still evolving so please contact us if you are interested in presenting, exhibiting, have a case study to bring to our attention, or are interested in getting involved in our event team as a Sponsor or Supporting Partner.

To join a 'save the date' mailing list, contact conference@ecosystemsknowledge.net

Please direct all enquiries to conference@ecosystemsknowledge.net.

We are grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage’s Green Infrastructure Fund, the IUCN Urban Alliance, the members of our advisory group, and all consultees for their help thus far in bringing this event together.