The importance of architecture and place-making to government
The quality of the built environment affects everyone in Scotland. It is the purpose of architecture and urban design not only to meet our practical needs in housing our activities, but also to respond to the social and cultural values to which we as a nation aspire - to improve the quality of life for the people of Scotland. How buildings and places are made, the quality of their design and of the built environments they help shape should be a matter of concern for us all.
The key challenges for creating a high quality built environment are to:
- create successful, thriving and sustainable places and communities
- deliver well-designed public buildings which are greener - and which represent good value for money
- tackle the barriers to good quality development, through education, skills and advocacy
Scotland’s new architecture and place policy statement, “Creating Places”, was launched on June 24, 2013 by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.
An important part of the policy statement is a new architecture and place Scottish Government microsite . The site provides a range of place focused resources, and is designed as way to keep the policy live, with latest news and progress on the policy’s implementation. The site will be updates over time to help develop a comprehensive source for built and natural environment resources.
The new policy was framed following a three month public consultation, details of which can be found here.
Launch of a ‘Toolbox’ for Designing Streets
As a direct result of research, published in August 2013, that looked at how well the policy was being applied across Scotland, a Designing Streets Toolbox is available from May 16, 2014. Each tool has been created to help with specific tasks related to guidance, or design or development processes related to street design. We intend to monitor the use of the tools and fine tune them as needed. The toolbox can be reached on the ‘Creating Places’ website – look out for the Designing Streets button or the toolbox image.