Shaping Scotland’s future
A consultation on Scotland’s new architecture and placemaking policy is an opportunity to build a better world, the Culture Secretary said.
Fiona Hyslop made the comments as she launched the consultation at an International Design Summit at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The consultation will run until September 7, 2012, supported by an exhibition featuring inspiring design projects which has been curated by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS).
Ms Hyslop said:
“Good architecture and design is important to Scotland, making a significant contribution to our society, our economy and our communities.
“With our architecture and design industry generating around £1.3 billion each year for our economy, and construction output in Scotland last year valued at an estimated £11 billion, the economic benefits are clear.
“Well designed buildings and places have a vital role to play in our society. They strengthen our communities - improving well-being and enriching lives - helping people and business to flourish and fulfil their potential. Our historic build environment enhances our understanding and appreciation of our surroundings and contributes to our sense of national identity.
“We want to encourage the creation of buildings and places with which people can identify. This consultation on our new architecture and placemaking policy will, quite literally, shape Scotland’s future. It is an opportunity to build a better world and I urge everyone to have their say.
“It is particularly appropriate, in the Year of Creative Scotland, that the consultation is being launched at an International Design Summit in Glasgow. This emphasises the importance both of what we can learn from abroad and what Scotland can offer to the world.”
Welcoming the consultation process, Karen Anderson, Chair of A+DS, said:
“By engaging with as wide an audience as possible to create a strategic vision for the future of our built environment, the Scottish Government is showing its commitment to ensuring that architecture and place continue to play an important part in the sustainable development of Scotland.”
“To support the policy process, Architecture and Design Scotland will open ‘Input and Ideas’ on the 30th of May at The Lighthouse, Glasgow – a public exhibition which encourages the public to engage and participate in the consultation on the new architecture policy for Scotland.”
- The Scottish Government consultation will run until September, 7 2012.
- As part of the consultation process, a series of stakeholder consultation workshops will be held in the coming weeks in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Glasgow and Inverness.
- There is an exhibition curated by Architecture and Design Scotland to support the consultation process.