Place Standard workshop at international festival in Copenhagen

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Scottish Government, Architecture & Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland will bring its award-winning Place Standard tool to a workshop as part of the City Link Festival, Copenhagen, in September 2017.

City Link festival was organised by GivRum and is an international culture and urban development festival that every year challenges the way we build, live and think about cities today.

From 21st-24th September 2017, Copenhagen hosted the festival with a range of workshops, debates, concerts and social events. The programme includes more than 50 events, that aim to build bridges between people and their city space. The festival brings people together to explore the city through urban and cultural experiments, to inspire new thinking across local national and international borders – in an interdisciplinary community of artists, architects, local citizens and city planners.

The programme is broad in its scope and includes a Realdania supported conference at Aalborg Universitet Copenhagen, that explores experimental city development. The festival also offers many hands-on, social and cultural activities – from street furniture building workshops to community dinners, film nights, a silent disco and a collective synchronized swimming event for all, in the clean waters of Copenhagen’s South harbour.

Edinburgh meets Copenhagen

City Link has a large network from Scotland after Edinburgh hosted the City Link Festival September 2015. This year’s programme will host two events co-created between organisations in Edinburgh and Copenhagen. The Scottish Government and Architecture and Design Scotland,  in collaboration with Leith Creative and Sydhavn Urban Renewal Team in Copenhagen, will lead a workshop with local citizens and city planning professionals to explore the Place Standard tool in a Danish context. Co-design studio HERE + NOW are also collaborating with a Danish design team Studio Debris, to create an audio walk that simultaneously explores the harbour fronts of Copenhagen and Edinburgh.

Workshop: Voices in Leith and Sydhavn: Testing a new tool for dialogue

Good quality urban life does not appear out of nowhere.  It is closely connected to urban design, the surrounding build environment and maybe most important: people. In this workshop we explored the Place Standard, a new method to engage and empower people in co-creating urban space.   Scottish Government, Architecture & Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have developed an interactive planning tool for all ages that considers place, health and equalities.  All will be there with Leith Creative to explain their work with the community in Leith and test the tool and to help the South Harbour Integrated Urban Renewal team to live test different locations in South Harbour.

Morvern Cunningham and Duncan Bremner are co-producers of place-based research project Leith Creative. Leith Creative has been working in the Leith region of Edinburgh over the last six months, asking local people what they would do to Make Leith Better. The giant version of Place Standard Wheel was developed by creative agency HERE + NOW and is one of the methods used to engage people as part of the Leith Creative People and Places: Make Leith Better Project.

The project is supported by the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. The Place Standard won in the Excellence in Planning for Wellbeing category in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.

User-driven urban development

City Link is initiated by GivRum – a non-profit organisation working with sustainable city development through community building, innovative partnerships and the revitalization of urban space.


“We invite everyone to make the city a space for all. We want to bring people together and challenge the way we build, live and think about our cities today, so we can move city development in a positive direction” says Carol Hayes, project leader at GivRum.

(Posted in September 2017)

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