Planning and Architecture

  • Galashiels – Strengthening Place by Thinking Small

    9th July 2020 by

    Pre COVID-19, construction was on track for the completion of the Great Tapestry of Scotland (GToS) building designed by Page/Park Architects. It has been architecturally tailored to exhibit the world’s boldest community art projects. The tapestry installation is made-up of 160 hand stitched panels, involved over 1,000 stitchers and tells the story of Scotland’s history...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 Call for Ideas: Evidence now published

    7th July 2020 by

    We have now published the evidence gathered as part of our National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) Call for Ideas.   Our Call for Ideas launched on 9 January and ran to the end of April 2020.   Whilst we were disappointed that our Scotplan Roadshow was cut short, we are extremely pleased with the level of...

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  • Kevin Stewart MSP: What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown?

    26th June 2020 by

    The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has made many of us reflect on the importance and the value of the places where we live, work, shop and socialise. Now as we begin to come out of lockdown, instead of just getting things back to the way they were before, we have a new opportunity...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 – The Essentials!

    8th October 2019 by

    What is the National Planning Framework (NPF)? The NPF is a long term spatial plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. We have started work to prepare our fourth NPF (NPF4) which will look to Scotland in 2050. It will guide spatial development, set...

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  • Designing Places Student Competition 2018

    21st March 2018 by

    Date: 17th March 2018 Location: The Lighthouse, Glasgow This year’s Designing Places Competition took place on St Patrick’s Day, at The Lighthouse, in Glasgow. The day was led by the Scottish Government through Susie Stirling (Head of Placemaking and Housing) and Kristen Anderson (Senior Planner) supported by Ian Alexander (JM Architects), Rowena Statt (Anderson Bell...

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  • Greener Gardens

    19th December 2016 by

    Throughout the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Scottish Government Planning & Architecture officials have been working in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Abertay University and C+D Associates on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project. Together they’ve been looking at how the gardens of new homes can be used to...

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  • Self and Custom Build event 2016

    13th October 2016 by

    The first Self and Custom Build event hosted by More Homes and Planning & Architecture Divisions was held on Thursday 15th September.   The event, chaired by Malcolm Fraser, brought together guest speakers, developers, planners, land interests and the finance sector, to share ideas and experience on how we can face the challenges, and find...

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  • Launch of Design Charrettes 2016/17 and Activating Ideas Fund

    11th August 2016 by

    last week the Scottish Government launched the 2016/2017 Design Charrettes programme. This was accompanied by the launch of a new Activating Ideas fund. These two funds, amounting to £300,000 in total are to support the delivery of places that enable a high quality of life, and allow communities to flourish. Since 2011, the Scottish Government charrette...

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  • ‘Reporting from the front’ at Venice Biennale for Architecture.

    14th June 2016 by

    This year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice explored a strong community orientated theme with ‘Places for People’ (succinctly expressed in the title of the Austrian Pavilion) as the overarching  emphasis of the majority of work on display in the key venues of the ‘Giardini’ and the ‘Arsenale’. Alejandro Aravena, the curator of the 2016 Biennale, whose...

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  • Launch of 2016 Festival of Architecture with ‘Hinterland’

    22nd March 2016 by

    The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture, which is a centrepiece of the 2016 Year of innovation, Architecture and Design, was launched on Friday 18 March with Hinterland, a thought-provoking and beautifully considered display of light and sound at St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross. Within the remaining shell of the world-renowned modern...

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