Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture: Eco Max 4
6:00 PM18:00

Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture: Eco Max 4

  • Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh (map)
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The Life & Legacy of Ian McHarg – the genesis of Urban Ecology

The Scottish Ecological Design Association is delighted to invite you to the 4th Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture: Eco Max 4.

The evening will involve a talk about Ian McHarg - a Scottish Landscape Architect and writer on regional planning using natural systems. Born in Clydebank in 1920 he went on to found the department of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. His 1969 book Design with Nature pioneered the concept of ecological planning and remains a seminal book on landscape architecture and land-use planning.

The talk will present Harg’s thoughts and ideas about ecological planning, including some in his own inimitable words, and look at some of the best contemporary practice in Urban Ecology.

As in previous years, this will be an enlightening and enervating evening illustrating the best ecological thinking, and why it is needed now more than ever. The event will strengthen the strong impetus for environmental change and innovation in Scotland.


1800: Registration

1830: Eco-Max 4

2000: Discussion – Q & A

2030: Drinks 

2130: Close

The History of Eco-Max

Howard Liddell OBE was a co-founder of SEDA. When he died in 2013 he was working on a book, "Eco-Max”, about pioneers of ecological design and their legacy. In 2015 Howard’s widow, Sandy Halliday, gave SEDA's first Howard Liddell memorial lecture on this theme. The 2nd memorial lecture in 2016 focused on the life of Rachel Carson and the 3rd in 2017 on Barry Commoner.

Use your membership discount code to receive 50% off the ticket price.

Students will get free admission to this lecture, but will be required to show their Student ID cards on the door, on the night.

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Green Futures: Designed by and For the Young
9:30 AM09:30

Green Futures: Designed by and For the Young

This years conference will take place in Edinburgh City Centre and surrounds the topic of GREEN FUTURES: DESIGNED BY AND FOR THE YOUNG. We chose to split the AGM and the Conference this year in order to reach out to students and young people interested in our Green Future and at a suitable time for them to make it along. It's going to be fabulous event and we hope you can make it along.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Hines, Archetype
  • Paul Stallan, Stallan Brand, former Schools Design Champion Scotland
  • Fiona McDonald, Learning Manager for Young People RIBA / Partner Matt+Fiona
  • Children’s Parliament
  • Archischools

And more to be confirmed…


We are organising a table at Howie’s restaurant, Victoria Street for Friday evening from 6.30pm. There are set menu’s (£20.95 2 courses, £25.95 3 courses), which can be selected on the night. Please can you indicate if you wish us to reserve a seat for you, payment will be on the night.

Please note Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September are Doors Open Day in Edinburgh and Lothian. SEDA will restage the Colonies to Waterfront Walking Tour carried out in 2016 and part of our Urban Expeditions maps on Saturday 29 September 2-5pm. Tickets are free, and 20 will be reserved for SEDA members.

If you wish to take part, in between visiting Edinburgh’s other fascinating buildings, please can you sign up when buying tickets.

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10:00 AM10:00


Our annual Ecological Cycling and Walking tour which this year has been set around Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula.

Peninsula Expedition builds on last years very enjoyable Island Expedition held on Bute when cyclists and walkers spent their September Weekend visiting buildings and projects with an emphasis on all things sustainable. We will be joined again by Archi-velo from Glasgow for our visit to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula where we will set out two routes, one focusing on a shorter journey with the Burgh of Dunoon suitable for walks and a longer cycle route which takes in the wider area. This will include Queens Hall, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Fyne Homes Passive House 'Tigh-na-Cladach', Benmore Botanic Gardens and Kilmun Parish Church.

The Scottish Ecological Design Association produced an Island Expeditions Tour Map for our adventures in Bute, and will prepare a similar map for Peninsula Expedition in Cowal which will be available before the event. The Island Expedition maps can be downloaded at the links below. When the Peninsula Maps are complete they will be capable of being added to the Island Expeditions maps to complete the Three Ferries Cycle Route between Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, Rhubodach to Colintraive and Dunoon to Gourock. 

Additional Information including health and safety will be included in the map which will be available for download ahead of the event. Participants will be required to provide their own bycicle / equipment and ensure all is in good order. Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

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GREEN DINNERS @ The Unity Grill
7:30 PM19:30

GREEN DINNERS @ The Unity Grill

SEDA Presents


An opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing environmental issues, while tucking in to an enjoyable meal, with like minded people.

Rather than listen to presentations, as happens at our Green Drinks events, this time we want you to get involved. This is a space to get stuck into a good discussion, what are the problems, what are the issues, how do we go about solving them, what can be done about these issues?

You will be sat at a table with a mix of people, SEDA and non SEDA Members, strangers, and friends alike. We will give each table a topic for discussion and between mouthfuls of delicious freshly made food, you can discuss the issues surrounding that topic, giving a brief summary at the end of your meal to the rest of the tables before tucking into a yummy dessert!

We’ll have a short presentation while your food is being prepared from the owner and founder of the Unity Grill to tell you a little about how they try to combat the environmental issues in their local community and further afield.

So it could be 'plastic pollution' or 'vegan/vegetarian diets' or 'housing in scotland' but whatever the topic, it’s an opportunity to meet new people, discuss environmental issues and support a good social enterprise.

There will be time for drinks after the meal, or for those of you travelling back to Glasgow or Edinburgh we will stop with plenty of time to catch trains and buses back up the road. If successful, we hope to organise another Green Dinners event in the near future at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow.

Please invite your friends, colleagues and peers. It should be a great evening!

We will be charging £10 deposit when you reserve your place, and the remainder of your bill will be settled on the night.

Please take the opportunity to pre-order your choice of meal from our drop-down menu, as this makes the whole evening run more smoothly. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with any of your choices - the food is scrumptious.

For a link to the full menu please click here.

Restaurant open from 7, with dinner being served between 7.30 and 8. Please make sure you have arrived before 7.30.

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SEDA AGM and Website Relaunch, with a presentation by Gareth Roberts of Organic Architects
5:30 PM17:30

SEDA AGM and Website Relaunch, with a presentation by Gareth Roberts of Organic Architects

NOTE VENUE CHANGE DUE TO RECENT FIRE AT GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART (thank you to Strathclyde University for stepping in)

Location: Room RC669, Royal College building, 204 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1XW. (Go in the main entrance off George Street, take the lifts to the 6th floor, and follow the signage.)

Friday 29th June, Doors open at 5.30, starting 6pm

Tickets free, book early!

SEDA's AGM will be held in June this year, separately from the Conference, (which wil be in September, details to follow shortly), and will include two other presentations as a bonus for all members.

First up we will have Gareth Roberts of Helensburgh's Organic Architects, who have been developing a body of work in some key Scottish fields: designing lower impact whisky distilleries, including the handsome rebuild of the Lindores Abbey distillery, and in rural housing with Gareth's work with Living Villages. 

We have also been working hard since last year to revamp our website, so that it is not just better looking but one that is easier to use and interact with. Come along and see what it looks like, what has now been designed in, and how to use it.

And then between 7 and 8, we will have our AGM, to discuss where SEDA is now, what we are doing (ongoing publications, SEDAbuild and more), where we should be going, and how you could get involved.

Doors wil be open from 5.30 with talks starting at 6 with light refreshment, and after we will look to go for a drink, food and further chat in a nearby Glasgow hostelry if you wish to join us. Places are free, we'll ask for donations for coffees etc, and please save your seat early! Hope to see you there.

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SEDA Film Screening - 'Tomorrow' (Demain)
6:30 PM18:30

SEDA Film Screening - 'Tomorrow' (Demain)

Sustainability is a phrase growing exponentially in usage throughout our daily lives. We are waking up as a society to the creeping danger of climate change and people around the world are responding on a variety of innovative and inspiring ways. ‘Tomorrow’ embodies the Transition Network’s contribution to internationally inspiring confidence, innovation and persistence within us all. Against all of the odds, and all of the doomsday talk that often arises when we contemplate the future of our natural environment; there is still hope.

The Scottish Ecological Design Association and Sustainable Strathclyde welcome you to share in this positive and rejuvenating portrayal of individuals, communities, businesses, cities and countries taking matters into their own hands to preserve our planet for future generations and reversing damages wrought throughout human history. Covering an enlightening range of rarely touched topics concerning sustainability, this film sets out to be a positive catalyst in inspiring local action and assuring us all to keep making the little changes.

Join us on the 24th of May for a night of welcome discussions, encouragement and inspirations to keep making all of your own wee efforts towards safeguarding our planet’s future. And perhaps, be inspired to pick up some new ones.

TIckets via Eventbrite :

SEDA Members / Students : £3.00
Non Member : £5.00

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Community Custom Build: New Build Cross Laminated Timber homes
6:00 PM18:00

Community Custom Build: New Build Cross Laminated Timber homes

SEDA Green Drinks : Edinburgh

You are warmly invited to join an informal blether / information sharing over a drink / to consider Community Custom Build: New Build Cross Laminated Timber homes in Portobello, 

Thursday 3 May, 6-9pm
Screening Rm G.04, 50 George Sq EH8 9JU.

FREE but Ticketed : Book via 
There will be light refreshments available from 6pm for those that come early! 

Come along and discover more about:
- How four families got together to create their own very low energy homes.
- How can new approaches to home building be financed?
- What is the potential for Cohousing in Scotland?
- What is happening with the Self and Custom Build initiative?

Contributors on the night:

Dave Cooper, artisan builder, drummer and Portobello resident, wanted to create a very low energy family home where he did a fair bit of the work to finish it off.

John Kinsley is a chartered architect who "tries to work with a quiet reverence for the materials with which we build, the place where we build and the planet on which we build ... in a way that reflects the optimism and passion of our clients".

David Cousland works with Ecology Building Society providing green residential mortgages and lending to community-led housing projects. Interest rates depend on: The energy specification - the better the energy spec the lower the rate, the strength of the business plan and the potential social impact.

Opportunities for shout outs sharing your own timber projects - bring max 5 slides for 5 mins contribution.

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Glasgow’s Sustainability Agenda with Councillor Anna Richardson
6:30 PM18:30

Glasgow’s Sustainability Agenda with Councillor Anna Richardson

With the 'Beast from the East' now a distant memory, we are pleased to announce that the previously postponed Glasgow Green Night is back in the diary!

SEDA and Glasgow City Heritage Trust invite you to meet and hear from Councillor Anna Richardson, about how she has been heading up Glasgow City Council’s Sustainability Agenda since last year’s elections. This is your chance to find out about how sustainability fits into the Council’s plans: what is happening in relation to environmental protection and pollution, transport and carbon reduction.

Key projects include:
South City Way cycle route
City Centre Low Emission Zone
New bridge at Polmadie
Plastics reduction in Council facilities

As always, there will be an opportunity to ask Anna questions directly, to chat with her and other members afterwards, and let her and others know your thoughts.

Tickets: £3 for SEDA Members / GCHT Friends
£5 General

Via eventbrite :

Light refreshments will be served as a part of the evening, we hope you can join us for some lively and relaxed debate, hosted by GHT in their meeting room on Bell Street.

Councillor Anna Richardson (SNP) has been Councillor for Langside since 2015 and has been heading Sustainability Policy since last May’s elections. Since taking on this position she has been involved with working on, amongst other projects, a proposal for a Low Emissions Zone in the Merchant City, and the ongoing active travel corridor from Queens Park to the City Centre. She is also a sits on the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, and the Glasgow Allotments Forum.

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SEDA Green Drinks (Glasgow) March 2018
6:00 PM18:00

SEDA Green Drinks (Glasgow) March 2018

  • Glasgow Heritage Trust Meeting Room, (map)
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SEDA and GHT invite you to hear from Councillor Anna Richardson about how she has been heading up Glasgow City Council’s Sustainability Policy since last year’s elections. This is your chance to find out about how sustainability fits into the Council’s plans, and what is happening in relation to environmental protection and pollution, transport and carbon reduction.

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