Scotland’s Places: A Celebration

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Architecture & Design Scotland supported a Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment event held in the Parliament on February 1st, 2012. The event was attended by many of those involved in the built environment in Scotland and included representatives from the professions and government agencies.

The event follows the debate on Architecture held in the Scottish Parliament in November last year and underlines the widespread understanding across all political parties of the key role of the built environment in supporting sustainable economic growth and a low carbon economy.

Held in the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament on February 1st and it featured presentations by the group’s chair Linda Fabiani MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay MSP, Annabel Goldie MSP and Patricia Ferguson MSP, vice chair of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

By engaging actively in this way, MSPs from all parties continue to show their support for the highest standards in our built environment and the value they place on engaging with a broad variety of stakeholders, including A&DS, RTPI, BEFS, Historic Scotland, Planning Aid for Scotland and RIAS. By working together these stakeholders can promote the value of placemaking and champion creative, collaborative approaches in the face of continued economic challenge.

The event was attended by over 150 guests and a group of students from Beeslack Community High School in Penicuik who working with Space Unlimited, a Scottish Social Enterprise that specialises in helping organisations to hear the authentic voice of young people, had brought a display outlining young people’s response to creating places for all. The young people invited attendees to contribute their feedback on a number of questions around young people’s involvement in planning.

(All photos by Shaylah Grech)

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