June 2021, Online
The 2021 Academy Congress focused on the city of Edinburgh explored issues relating to the measures that cities take to thrive in spite of pressures.
We will soon post materials from the Congress on this site for ticket holders. We will contact you by email soon with details.
The Annual Congress is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining opportunity to exchange ideas and hear leading-edge thinking from urbanists around the globe.
It is an opportunity to embed the Academy within a city and utilise the assembled expertise of Academicians to tackle live local issues through hands-on workshops, walking tours and discussions.
Influential contributors to Congress include Charles Montgomery, Happy City; Richard Florida, thought leader and Author; Tina Saaby, former City Architect, Copenhagen; Prof Robert Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne; Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba; Sue Riddlestone CBE, CEO of Bioregional; Tinna Nielsen, Founder of Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness; Prof Miren Azkarate, Lead Councillor for Culture, San Sebastián; Anette Galskjøt, Chief Executive, International Federation for Housing and Planning.
The success of Congress owes as much to the background and passions of its participants as to the insights and inspiration of the invited presenters.
The Inaugural Congress
Space Place Life
The Founder Congress
The Knowledge City
The Layered City
The Liveable City
The Resilient City
The Producer City
Towards a Greener Urbanism
Health, Happiness and Wellbeing
The Future of Urbanism
A New Culture of Urbanism
Cities on the Rise
A Place to Call Home
Adapting Under Pressure
Edinburgh 2021 (online)
There is no denying that, as urbanists, we enjoy travelling and exploring new places, taking in every sight and sound on offer. Sadly for us, the pandemic had put a temporary stop to such opportunities in 2021. Whilst we were not able to pace the streets of Edinburgh in person, the Academy and the City of Edinburgh Council offered the next best thing through these specially curated city centre tours. Take a look at these virtual tours and (re)discover this unique city and its many gems.
1. Extending a living city centre: West End, Fountainbridge, Haymarket
2. 250 years of responding to pressures: Edinburgh New Town
3. A boulevard to a port burgh: Leith Walk to The Shore
4. The Old Town renewed: Holyrood to the Castle Esplanade