The climate emergency demands urgent action from us all. We need to work together to adapt the ways we live, work, play and move in our cities, towns and villages.
We believe design has the power to achieve this and protect Scotland from the impacts of climate change.
With the support of the Scottish Government, we are working with communities across the country who are designing for a changing climate.
Our work with small Scottish towns
We are working with local communities to support place-based climate action in a network of small Scottish towns.
And we are using this work to develop learning that can be applied in places across Scotland. Read more about our Climate Action Towns project.
The eight principles of a carbon conscious place
The eight principles of a carbon conscious place support a holistic approach to designing and adapting places to reduce, repurpose and absorb carbon. They outline important concepts to consider when planning and developing places. Follow the link below to:
learn more about the principles
see each of them action
explore visions of Scotland in 2050 that the principles inform
Case study: a tale of two carbon conscious towns
This case study focuses on two Scottish towns that are already working to deliver on the eight principles of a carbon conscious place: Dumfries and Leven. It gives some insight into the approaches being applied and a visual glimpse of possible outcomes.
Find out more
Our Designing for a Changing Climate report looks back at the first year of our work in designing for a changing climate, which took place in 2019. Watch the report launch here.
Image credits: Richard Carman
Share your place-based climate action
We would like to hear from communities and local authorities who are creating carbon conscious places. If you are designing and adapting a place to reduce, repurpose and absorb carbon, please share examples of your work with us.