Communities for a Changing Population – November 2020

Communities for a Changing Population

Webinar, 29 April 2021


The current situation with the covid pandemic and it’s social, economic and environmental impacts has brought to the fore the importance of design and placemaking in creating infrastructure, places and buildings that will allow us to be prepared for, and make us less vulnerable to, future pandemics or crises.

As the built environment sector innovates to overcome these challenges, there will be a remarkable number of opportunities when creating new buildings or or retrofitting those that we already have, creating new places and rebuilding the economy. This has been reflected in the new Programme for Government, with a £100m Green Jobs Fund, the investment of £275m for the regeneration of communities and town centres and £500m to be invested in Active Travel infrastructure over 5 years (£100m to be spent in 2020/21) and the Infrastructure Investment Plan which amounts to £24bn over 5 years and includes investment to decarbonise business, industry and buildings, the provision of new health facilities, schools and homes.

With this level of investment currently available, now is the perfect time for thought leaders and innovators in these fields to share their experiences, knowledge and best-practice with each other and with organisations that are perhaps less experienced in some of these fields.

This event is an ideal opportunity for architects, planners, placemaking professionals, local and national government officers, elected representatives at local and national level, infrastructure providers, engineers and all other relevant stakeholders to engage with other thought leaders and potential partners that can help forge solutions to the challenges and make the most of the opportunities presented by the current pandemic.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via

Event Agenda:

10:00 Event start

  • Opening remarks from the Chair – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS
  • Future population projections for Scotland – Bruce Whyte, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • A Recent Account beyond Urban Resilience  Professor Ashraf M. Salama, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
  • Developments for co-housing, inter-generational living and integrated communities – Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS
  • Cohousing: a Third Way? David Somervell, Secretary, CHOISS – Edinburgh, Cohousing in Southern Scotland 
  • Creating multi-generational spaces Judith Crabb, Heart of Newhaven Community

12:10 Q&A

12:30 Closing remarks from The Chair

12:35 Event close

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