Visualising Change

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Download: Visualising Change – Space Strategies Learning Note

Architecture and Design Scotland has commissioned education and design experts to create a short learning note for our web series; “Better briefing for education benefit” to support and expand on the learning points captured from the world café session at the Scottish Government Schools Estate conference, November 2013.

Each piece responds to a particular Issue raised from the world café session, capturing knowledge, opinion and experiences and highlighting how these lessons can be transferable for future scenarios.

The first publication of the series, produced by Maggie Barlow and Kirstine Robinson of SPACE Strategies provides a response to the provocation led by Stephen Quinn, Head of Service, Education and Skills at North Ayrshire Council. The provocation looks at the idea of shared spaces to facilitate ambition and attainment by learners. It also provokes questions about how we create spaces for learning, challenge zoning, asks questions about overlapping programmes and relationships in space between teachers, learners and communities.

The learning note sets out what change could mean to our local authority school estates and wider portfolios and starts to look at some key issues, such as;

  • reconsidering the definition of a “school”
  • how to implement and support new ways of learning
  • reconsidering what a school estate can offer for both a school learner and the wider community.

Evidencing Better Briefing

This publication looks at how the shift towards “Education led” focus for building new schools has led to a greater focus on the Briefing process.


Supporting NHSScotland Health Boards and their partners in the creation of successful healthcare facilities by sharing best practice.

Temporary Spaces for Learning

This publication describes the potential of working outside the complexity of the formal school setting as a way of developing education.

Transforming Spaces to Inspire

This is a short “Talking Head” piece, discussing the refurbishment project at Blackfriars Primary in Glasgow.

Whole Place & Integrated Learning

This publication looks into the current physical environments of our school estate and questions if they really support producing resilient learners.

SERVICE: Design Advice for Schools

A&DS offers a design support to education authorities offering an external view, peer support, facilitation and learning networks.

20 Inspiring Learning Spaces

A leaflet summarising the learning from 20 individual Inspiring Please Spaces projects, supporting the Inspiring Learning Spaces publication.

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