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July 11, 2012

Design can make a difference

Good design of place and buildings can have a massive impact on a community’s sense of wellbeing and the level of social interaction that it generates.  But all too often in the past, good quality design, both of buildings and the public realm, has been sacrificed at the altar of cost and efficiency – just take a wander through any of the peripheral housing estates built during the 60’s and 70’s.  A new policy on architecture and placemaking is out for consultation. Worth responding to.


Intro Paper for: “A Policy on Architecture and Placemaking for Scotland – Public Consultation 2012”

The Scottish Government is undertaking a public consultation to inform the shape of future policy. It was launched on 29 May 2012 and responses should be submitted to the Scottish Government by 7 September 2012.

The architecture and design industry contributes about £1.3 billion per year to the economy of Scotland. The design of buildings and places supports the economic and social well being of all our communities as well as mitigating the effects of climate change. As such good quality architecture, urban design and place making is pivotal in shaping Scotland and it communities. The consultation poses a number of related issues as well as seeking comments on any other relevant areas that have not been specifically identified.

Click here to view consultation paper.