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March 12, 2014

Community led design comp

We all know the corrosive effect that poorly designed, badly maintained public space can have on local morale.  Litter, graffiti, dog mess and discarded household rubbish will feature on any community’s wish list of things to be sorted but in areas of disadvantage the negative impact is just exaccerbated. In 2012 Carnegie UK published a report, Pride In Place, highlighting the multiple benefits of community led responses to these problems.  The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing is being piloted this year to recognise community led design solutions that improve public space. Cash prizes on offer.


Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing: Opportunity for Community led projects to win £3,500

I am pleased to let you know about the launch of The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing.


This new Prize, launched on Monday 24th of February, will be awarded in 2014 to four exciting, community-led, townscape projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 


The Prize will celebrate the vital role that local communities can play in improving public spaces in towns and brings together the Trust’s core interests in the public realm, towns and community leadership.

Winning projects should demonstrate how good design can create opportunities for improved health, local regeneration, skills development and social interaction.


 £3,500 will go to the overall winner and three runners-up will each receive £2,500. All four projects will be featured as good practice case studies in a Trust publication later this year.


The prizes will be awarded in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and the winners will be announced at the RIAS convention in Glasgow 16 May 2014.


We are inviting community groups and registered charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland to tell us in 150 words why their project should win the Prize. This process is now open and we are accepting Expressions of Interest from today 24 February until 12 noon on 17 March 2014.  I encourage you to pass on this email on to anyone you think may be interested.

For more information about eligible projects and how to enter please visit our website or get in touch with Jenny Brotchie, Policy Officer