20-Minute Neighbourhoods

A talk by Dr Husam AlWaer

Dundee Art Society Gallery, 17 Roseangle

After the loss of the 2020-21 season, we plan to resume our programme of evening talks on Thursday 21 October 2021.

Dr Husam AlWaer’s presentation will challenge us to consider the benefits of living locally and will examine the need to redesign how we live, in the face of climate crisis and in the wake of Covid. Can you easily get everything you need within 20 minutes of where you live? The concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood is a way to radically reconsider space; and the idea offers many solutions.

Dr AlWaer is an architect, planner, urbanist and award winning author. He is currently Reader in Sustainable Urban Design at the University of Dundee and has a focused interest in the past and future of sustainable places, neighbourhoods and cities.

 

 

Members’ Zoom Talk: Art for All

The Dundee Civic Trust joint meeting with the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust will be hosted this year by the Friends, using Zoom. Our members will have received an invitation to join this event at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 24 February.

The speaker, Matthew Jarron, is Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee and author of the book Independent & Individualist: Art in Dundee 1867-1924. A former Chair of the Scottish Society for Art History, he is also Secretary of the Abertay Historical Society and coordinator of the Public Art Dundee project.

Dundee has an extraordinary variety of public art across the city, including sculptures, murals, mosaics and more. This illustrated talk will tell the story behind these innovative artworks, with a particular focus on the pioneering public art programme of the 1980s and 1990s.

“Scots” Architecture – Crichton Wood

Scotland had its own native architecture with a critical period 1570 -1620 when architects explored complex spatial and aesthetic principles well ahead of their time. Architect Crichton Wood will show Robert Adam flirting with the style, David Bryce developing the style, both in bad and good ways, and Macintosh & Lorimer continuing and developing the Scots style. He will then show from his own work ways to continue and develop a Scots style, showing the potential but also the dangers.

“Thinking the unthinkable” – the future of town and city centres – Professor Leigh Sparks

“The high street has suffered from 50 years of benign – and not so benign-neglect. We can continue to patch and mend or we can start thinking more radically. That is, if we feel there is any value at all in having high streets?” Professor Sparks is Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and his challenging presentation and discussion will confront key issues in the future of high streets

V&A Museum Dundee

The V&A Dundee – One Year On – Philip Long

Philip Long is well-known to Dundonians as the Director of the dramatic new V&A Dundee and has managed this key Dundee project from its very earliest days. It will have been open for a little over a year and Philip will give us an update on the progress of this important and challenging Dundee Waterfront landmark, telling of successes (and possibly lessons learned), with perhaps a glimpse into the future.