Design Skills Symposium Scotland 2011: Delivering Better Places

Tuesday 27 September 2011 - 9:00
The Tolbooth, Stirling

27 September - 29 September 2011

Outline programme announced (including optional day conference)

Architecture & Design Scotland, with Stirling Council, Scottish Government, Improvement Services, the Key Agencies Group and the Academy of Urbanism are delighted to present the second annual Design Skills Symposium in Scotland.

This year the Symposium will be hosted in Stirling and will take place over 2.5 days. The focus of the workshops and seminarswill beDelivering Better Places andover the two and a half days, delegates will develop practical skills in briefing, concept development and delivery testing. A legacy of learning resources will support ongoing learning after the event.

The development of conditions to support the economy of our places is a key policy imperative in Scotland. At a local, place level, this is about understanding what a place can do, and how it can align the public, social and commercial economies of the place to support better lives. In each place, this will look different. Place matters.

Making better places is about creating the conditions for better lives. It is about building the economy, supporting communities.

Recent research by University of Glasgow Urban Studies Department for Scottish Government, RICS and Architecture and Design Scotland looked at the role of delivering better places in achieving these objectives. The research, based on case studies, notes that better places is about bringing together two key processes: market making and place making. The challenge is how - this is the focus of Day 1of the symposium. The daily programme includes the following seminars and is available topurchase separately from the full conference package at £50 (the full 3 day pass is £99):-

Day 1 seminars

  • Local economic development: the role of place and diversity - Sarah Longlands, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Local Economic Strategies).
  • Delivering Better Places: place and development economics -Steven Tolson, RICS/Ogilvie Group Developments Ltd
  • Supporting communities: service delivery, health and places - Tom Steele, Director of Strategic Projects, NHS Forth Valley
  • Supporting communities: green networks, ecology and place -Max Hislop, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership

Cost: £99 for 3 day pass / £50 for Day 1 conference

Click here for the full outline programme and symposium learning outcomes.

Other speakers:

David Sim has been confirmed as keynote speaker. David is a Scottish architect and senior consultant and director at Gehl Architects. He is renowned as an inspiring educator and lecturer, and has taught at architecture and design schools all over the world.

David joins Ben Hamilton-Baillie (Hamilton-Baillie Associates), and Stephen Hill (Co2 Future Planners) who will speak on the second and third days of the conference.

Live discussion

We have been hosting a series of discussions in the DSS2011 Livechatroomleading up to the event - the third discussion will take place on Thursday 25 August at 1pm, the subject is The Economy of Places - how can we re-think how places meet their needs?.