The Making Places initiative is a successor to the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) and was launched in September 2017. It provides funding and support to communities wanting to participate in and lead design events such as workshops or charrettes.
As part of this programme the Scottish Government asked Architecture and Design Scotland to develop and deliver a pilot program to help support communities to develop their skills and deliver projects in relation to place.
The Scottish Government also provided an opportunity to apply for funding and the communities who received grant funding for the can be found here: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/making-places-initiative-2017-2018-grant-funding-successful-projects/
The aim of the pilot programme is to help support the delivery of various place projects through shared learning within communities and their local authorities, development of peer network and forum, signposting to organisations and key agencies to provide additional support.
In February 2018, communities, their local authorities, community planning partnerships and key agencies and organisations from all over Scotland participated in the first Making Places Information Exchange Event at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.
Through informative talks, presentations and surgery sessions, projects ranging from major regeneration to street design, this start up event enabled participants to come together for the first time to develop new dialogues, make connections and above all share and learn from each other on how to make physical change happen within our communities.
With a good balance and mix of participants, everyone got the opportunity to network with other communities and local authorities whilst obtaining useful information and contacts from the various organisations and key agencies attending the day.
This pilot will also run capacity building workshops, funding events as well as producing thematic factsheets/checklists.
At present the pilot is currently focused on supporting only the registered 27 communities from the Making Places Initiative. If you are a community and would like to register for this support please contact us.