Design Skills Symposium 2014 – Reports published

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Design Skills Symposium Follow up Report

The Report of the Design Skills Symposium 2014 follow up event, which took place from the Lighthouse on the 6th Nov 2014 is now available to download.


Videos of the associated Remaking Places lectures by Professor Rob Adams and Professor Alan Pert are available here.

Design Skills Symposium 2014 Reports

A&DS is delighted to publish the reports of the Design Skills Symposium 2014, which took place over two days in Glasgow in March 2014.

The theme for the 2014 symposium was ‘Learning from the Commonwealth Games’. The aim was to seek transferable lessons for placemaking and design for the rest of Scotland, based on knowledge emerging from preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The attached reports present the Learning Context, Group Outputs and Resources from the event and are structured into the following key sections:

Learning Contexts: Sets out the learning contexts participants engaged with including: International, Glasgow and local (world cafè). Available on issuu.

Learning Outputs: Presents the outputs generated by the participants including summaries of each groups facilitator backgrounds, approach, and broad outcomes as well as key images, objectives, themes and projects. Illustrations give a flavour of the big ideas suggested by each theme. Available on issuu.

Learning Resources: Detailed resource sheets are provided for each of the transferable tools or methods built into the symposium programme. Explanations are given of the processes undertaken with links to related sources to enable wider application. Available on issuu.


The 2014 Design Skills Symposium took place at the Emirates Arena, right in the heart of Glasgow’s East End Commonwealth Games regeneration activity. Participants learned at first-hand about how many Games related projects and programmes have levered wider environmental, social and economic benefits and influenced transformational change in places and communities.

The two day learning process was based around small group workshops using design methods – enabling people to learn from each other, build collaboration and draw out lessons for their own practice. Three study areas were used as inspiration to test how design thinking could help address regeneration challenges faced around Scotland.

Over 100 delegates attended from local authorities and other public and private organisations across Scotland. International experts spoke and facilitated at the event. The programme included presentations, site visits and workshops.

The Design Skills Symposium was developed and delivered by A&DS in partnership with The Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway and Improvement Service and supported by others including Scottish Canals, VELOCITY and the Local Authority Urban Design Forum.

Related Resources

DSS 2014 Learning Contexts – spreads to view online

DSS 2014 Learning Contexts – print version

DSS 2014 Learning Outputs – spreads to view online

DSS 2014 Learning Outputs – print version

DSS 2014 Learning Resources – spreads to view online

DSS 2014 Learning Resources – print version

DSS 2014 Follow Up Report

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