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Its late January and Celtic Connections the annual winter festival is in full swing in Glasgow (300 events & 20 venues) and for the last five years this has also been charrette season in Scotland. More on the seasonal nature of things later. It’s now two and half years since […]

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I was taken with the following statement in Building a Better Scotland, recently published by the RICS.

‘A well-built Scotland starts with good design. Efficient production of what is most effective, rather than what is cheapest, needs to become the objective for banks, developers and policymakers’. Design as a process was the main focus […]

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I was pleased to see  that the Scottish Government’s (SG) ‘Strategy For Architecture and Place’ published earlier this week highlights the aim to strengthen and promote community participation in design and planning  through charrettes and other participatory design methods.  It struck me that ‘charrettte’ is now buzzword in the Scottish planning and design […]

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Research published last week by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF): New ideas need old buildings, provides clear evidence of the positive impact historic buildings have on the UK’s economy and their proven ability to contribute to growth.  The research shows that historic buildings and historic quarters of major UK towns and cities are the very places […]

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Small Town Scotland

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Small Town Scotland from douglaswheeler –

I presented at a very lively Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Annual Congress in the impressively restored Linlithgow Burgh Halls on Tuesday 20 November. Click on PPT above.

The Congress aimed to profile small towns, focusing on:

Threats they face; Opportunities […]

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The sporting summer continues with the Paralympics, I’ve been reflecting on the ULI’s ‘Creating A Legacy’ conference that I attended at the end of May that included a visit to the Olympic Park. Legacy has been at the heart of planning and design of London 2012 since the bid was first contemplated and eventually won […]

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Mary Portas: Implications for Scotland

The long anticipated Portas Review  https://www.maryportas.com/news/2011/12/12/the-portas-review/ into their future of high streets seems to be have been largely well received and made for some positive reading yesterday.

The Review identifies what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets.  The […]

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The Mary Portas independent review into the future of the high street is being published in early December.  The review, commissioned by David Cameron in May, will look both at what is happening in high streets, what can be done to reverse current trends and tackle the low sprits.

The review should identify what government, […]

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