OUR WORK: Improving the design quality of infrastructure and public space

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Improving the design quality of infrastructure and public spaces

The spaces we spend time in are key to how we feel.  One of our priorities is to improve the design of our public spaces and infrastructure to support wellbeing.

Our aim is to help create well-designed landscapes, spaces and structures and we do this by sharing examples of best practice from around Scotland, supporting funders, practitioners and regulators with advice from our expert team and working with communities to build their capacity to shape the places that matter to them.

Our Services:

Here are some of the ways that we support infrastructure and public spaces.

Design Advice: We provide advice on the best approach to place making, drawing on the experience and expertise of our design advice panel members and our learning for a diverse range of projects. We provide advice on housing, health and learning spaces as well as other public investment projects.

Town Centre Living: a design advice service on town centre living, initially looking at town centres as Caring Places for older people.

Place Standard: a tool that provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place.

Making Places: a pilot project to provide support for community placemaking projects across Scotland.

Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF): a forum for professionals working in urban design across Scotland’s local authorities.

Public Sector Client Forum: this forum facilitates discussion across the public sector on shared issues, experience and good practice.

Get in Touch

If you would like our help with a project related to public space or infrastructure please get in touch.

Our Work

We work to ensure that more people in Scotland:

  • Involved in decisions that affect their places
  • Benefit from well-designed buildings, places and spaces
  • See how good design adds value to their lives

Our Other Focus Areas

The delivery of inclusive growth through more and better housing

Creating better schools, hospitals and other public investment

Increasing the emphasis on community empowerment.

OUR APPROACH: Providing Advice

One of our key areas of work is to provide advice on design - A&DS supports investment in homes and public buildings, and everything in between.

OUR WORK: Empowering Communities

A&DS supports communities, providing advice and support and we promote the benefits of community engagement and share examples of good work.

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