Poor quality places are not just bad for the people living there. Over time they can lead to significant costs for the public sector, while failing to tackle the big issues like climate change and inequalities. We know there are many challenges for those who plan, design, and deliver our places, which include:
- tackling climate change
- achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2045
- addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing
- supporting inclusive economic growth
- supporting the needs of an ageing population
- accommodating digital transformation
- public health
So, what can be done to reduce costs and get more and better-designed places? Watch the short animation below to find out more.
Getting the best benefits out of a project
At Architecture and Design Scotland, we believe the answer lies in taking a place-based approach as set out in the Place Principle. This looks across buildings, infrastructure and services to get the best benefits for a place across its lifetime.
To succeed, everyone involved in a place needs to work together to agree shared ambitions and align efforts so that investments work harder.
What is a place-based approach to housing?
So, what does a place-based approach look like when we think about housing? Every place is unique, but it would commonly involve considering the following:
- What makes a good neighbourhood?
- Working together to find the best locations
- Collective visions and briefs embedded in local plans and housing strategies
- Using planning, design and delivery phases to achieve quality outcomes
So, why take this approach? Many places are already working in this way. It is paying off with homes and neighbourhoods that support people’s wellbeing and help to tackle the bigger issues.
Explore the locating for place quality skills module
The right skills are important to making this work. We know there are many motivated professionals who want to lead the way with the right support. The Place Skills for Housing resource offers easy to follow to support local authority planning and housing officers to collaborate with others involved, in line with the Place Principle. In practice, these steps should help you resolve complex challenges and establish the conditions for success in your place.