• For the fourth year of the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme, we are continuing with the process first used in the third year, whereby the Scottish Government provides grant funding and the charrette projects are managed by the project sponsors themselves.

    There are two separate charrette programmes: one for charrettes sponsored by planning authorities in support of Local Development Plans and a second one in support of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan which can be sponsored by any organisation interested in the regeneration of a particular town centre.

  • Final year architecture students Daniel Tyler and Angus Ritchie at the University of Strathclyde have designed and constructed a temporary viewpoint structure which is now being exhibited beside Loch Voil in Balquhidder Braes next to the Monachyle Mhor hotel.  The project was part of their Master’s degree and is also part of the first round of the Scottish Government’s Scenic Routes Initiative.

  • To coincide with the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS), launching their new National Roads Development Guide at their 2014 annual conference on 16th May, the placemaking team in Scottish Government are publishing a ‘toolbox’ to help implement street design policy. The Designing Streets button at the top of each page will take you there.

    Look out for the toolbox:

  • “The second Scenic Routes pilot competition for two sites in the Cairngorm National Park and two sites beside the Caledonian Canal was launched on 27th March.  Stage One entries for the competition should be submitted on 28th April.  The full competition brief, site information and other related information is available at:

    www.scottishcanals.co.uk/scottish-scenic-routes and www.cairngormes.co.uk

  • Inspired by the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway, the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative aims to enhance the visitor experience of Scotland’s landscape by creating innovatively designed installations to enhance viewpoints in selected locations in areas of outstanding scenery.  The first competition for pilot projects in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park was open to architects and landscape architects who had recently graduated or had qualified within the last five years.

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    For the third year of the charrette mainstreaming programme, the Scottish Government is providing grant funding and the charrette projects are being managed by the project sponsors themselves.

    There are two separate charrette programmes: one for charrettes sponsored by planning authorities in support of Local Development Plans and a second one in support of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan which can be sponsored by any organisation interested in the regeneration of a particular town centre.

  • In early November 2013 the Scottish Government launched some research into The Value of Design in the Built Environment. The aim is to provide an analysis of how ‘value’ is handled in the development process in Scotland, then to develop new methodologies of assessing where good design discernibly adds value to the built environment.

    Initial response to the research has been exceptionally positive.  As well as the questionnaire, good progress has been made on the literature review, consultations and in identifying five case studies.

  • Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. Guest lecture - 5th February 2014

    The University of Strathclyde is hosting a guest lecture with Andrew Cameron, Director of Urban Design at WSP consultants on 'The Joy of Streets' on 5th February.  Andrew comments:

  • The winners of a national competition to create innovative scenic viewpoints have been announced.

    Scotland’s Scenic Routes pilot projects were launched by the Scottish Government in August 2013.  The project aims to capitalise on Scotland’s famous tourist routes, by creating new viewpoints where visitors can stop and enjoy the best of the country’s landscapes.

  • The Scottish Government has backed a bid from Aberdeenshire Council and Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture to develop 30 low-energy affordable homes in Fraserburgh.

    The development will deliver 16 flats and 14 houses based on the principles of award-winning sustainable housing designed for Dunoon by architect Gokay Deveci.

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