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Short Evening Lectures


The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is organising a series of short evening lectures purposely designed to facilitate and empower the public and interested stakeholders to gain a better understanding and knowledge base about various subjects associated with urban design, planning policies, architecture, heritage planning and land use.

Persons interested in attending any of these evening lectures are to send an email on eveninglectures@mepa.org.mt by not later than Monday 18th January, 2016. A limited number of spaces are available and places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. A €10 fee will be charged per lecture, which will be donated to Caritas Malta.

The nine short evening lectures will be organised on the following dates:

1.  History of Architecture in Malta

Date: Wednesday 20th January, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by: Mr Joe Magro Conti - Heritage Planning Unit Manager

Learning outcomes:
•Understand the sequence of architectural styles and techniques used in the Maltese Islands from prehistory to modern times;
•Comprehend basic architectural design criteria;
•Appreciate the variety of built heritage in the Maltese Islands;
•Recognize unique features of Maltese architecture.

Target Audience: Periti, Architecture and Restoration Students, General Public, Parishes.

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2. Renovation and Conservation  - Best Practices in restoring your old dwelling

Date: Wednesday 27th January, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by:Mr Kenneth Cauchi – Conservation Officer

Learning outcomes:
• Principles of Conservation
• Understanding materials in old buildings
• What are the hidden issues that need attention
• Restoring and preserving the Maltese stone

Target Audience: Periti, Architecture and Restoration Students, the general public and Parishes.

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3. From the Structure Plan to SPED – A new model through Spatial Planing

Date: Wednesday 3rd February, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by Mr Joseph Gauci – Forward Planning Unit Manager

Learning outcomes:
• Understand spatial planning
• Familiarise oneself with the way spatial planning is undertaken in Malta
• Appreciate the differences between the structure plan and a spatial plan
• Delve into the integrated approach to spatial planning

Target Audience: Periti and Architecture students, entrepreneurs, estate agents, the general public.

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4. Growing your business – Planning policies for commercial development applications

Date: Tuesday 9th February, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by Mr Robert Vella – Business Development Unit Manager

Learning outcomes:
• New Planning measures that relate to commercial applications;
• Hoe to apply the new Use Classes Order and
• How the One Stop Shop concept works.

Target Audience: Periti and Architecture students, entrepreneurs, estate agents, the general public.

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5. The Map Server: using MEPA’s Geoportal.

Date: Wednesday 17th February, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by: Ms Carol Valentino – Unit Manager, Mapping Unit

Learning outcomes:
• How to access development applications;
• different search criteria;
• scheduled properties;
• planning boundaries and constraints through MEPA’s Geoportal, the internet Map Server and
• How to purchase site plans.

Target audience: Periti, architecture students, estate agents and the general public.


6. Compliance and Enforcement

Date: Wednesday 24th February, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location: MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by Mr Mario Scicluna Unit Manager - Enforcement Directorate

Learning outcomes:
• The implications of the Planning and Environment Compliance and Enforcement Legislation, and
• the enforcement process, powers and obligations

Target audience: Periti, architecture students, the general public.

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7.Creating Successful Streets – How to use and adopt DC15

Date: Wednesday 2nd March, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by: Perit Victor Sladden – Asst. Director - Planning Directorate

Learning outcomes:
• Understanding the document scope and vision
• Understanding the document provisions – Policy/Guidance/Standards
• Familiarise with Area Typologies, applicability of document provisions
• Understanding the Contextual Design and architectural quality

Target Audience: Architecture Students, Periti, General Public, ENGOs.

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8. Visual Simulation – Putting a development proposal in its perspective 

Date: Wednesday 9th March, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by: Perit Joseph A Pace

Learning outcomes:
• The preparation of visual simulations as recommended by the Landscape Institute (UK), the Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Highland Council.
• Identifying the main issues behind misleading visual simulations.
• The importance of Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) Maps.
• The preparation, presentation and interpretation of visual simulations as described in Best Practice Guide : Visual Simulations

Target Audience: Architecture Students, Periti, General Public, ENGOs.

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9. Development Control and Summary Procedure – The How, what and when of a Planning Application

Date: Wednesday 16th March, 2016 - Times: 6 to 8pm - Location MEPA Boardroom

Lecture delivered by: Mr David Cassar – Customer Relations Manager

Learning outcomes:
• The difference between the Directorate and the deciding body.
• The planning application process
• Following the application process
• Right of appeal

Target Audience: Architecture Students, General Public, ENGOs.

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