Ewan Anderson delivered the final lecture in the 2009 Urban Design Group Scotland lecture series with a talk entitled ‘Delivering Good Intentions – Turning Masterplans into Places’.
The lecture argued that masterplans can be significantly improved by understanding and creatively engaging in the processes that realise them. This is a messy, human process of persuasion, dialogue, exploration, tenacity and collaboration rather than a neat and tidy roadmap. Unless Urban Designers can effectively engage in the process the marks on paper will be no more than good intentions. The well-attended talk also focussed on the impact of the recession in this process and the innovative ways in which various 7N projects have positively adapted in light of the financial situation.