Making a difference in practice: From Scotland to the world

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Our work also promotes Scotland’s collaborative, people-centred approach on an international stage. The Place Standard tool, which helps bring different interests and groups together to discuss and develop their place, is now world renowned and has been used in 14 countries.The Happenstance, Scotland’s contribution to the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, co-ordinated by us and led by WAVEparticle, started with work in communities around Scotland.

The installation, with a structure by Baxendale Studios, presented their hopes and creative thinking about place in a way that welcomed local people and provided an inclusive space for them to gather and explore. A space with a positive legacy long after we left.

What the Scottish have achieved here in Venice is close to extraordinary: with hearts as generous as their brains they’re pointing at the many voids created by mass tourism and filling them with creativity, debates and spontaneous social connections. Wonderful job!
LEONARD DAVICH, VISITOR

This is one of the short stories featured in our Corporate Strategy for 2021-31.
Read the full document here.

Image description: The image shows people sitting in fabric deckchairs watching an evening film screening taking place in the garden of Palazzo Zenobio in Venice, Italy. There is a green banner with the words Making a difference in practice and the hashtag Great Places Scotland

Image credit: Graham Ross.

Updated: March 2021

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