Publications

Delivering Mixed Use Development *NEW*
This learning point summarises learning to come from a jointly delivered mixed use development workshop. The workshop invited an interdisciplinary audience to think about how and in what ways we can overcome known barriers to mixed use development.

Designing for Climate Change *NEW*
This learning point captures the key messages to come from Howard Liddell's presentation on 'Eco-minimalism - liberating urban design from eco-bling'. Howard Liddell is Director of Gaia Design and Research.

Designing for Outcomes *NEW*
This learning point describes the key messages from Colin Mair's 'Planning for Outcomes' presentation delivered at the Design Skills Symposium. Colin Mair is the Chief Executive of the Improvement Service.

Delivering Better Places Guide
The Scottish Centre for Regeneration, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland, have worked with the University of Glasgow to create this good practice guide. The guide will help public, private and community stakeholders identify good practice and improve their understanding of delivering better places.

Design Skills Symposium
This learning point summarises the key messages from the Design Skills Symposium 2010. The symposium focussed on learning from best practice in better place delivery.

Design Skills Symposium Survey
This learning point presents the findings from the survey questionnaire sent to attendees of the Design Skills Symposium 2010 event prior to their attendance. The results from this survey will act as a benchmark for future skills symposiums.

Placemaking Brief
This briefing paper outlines the key messages to come from inputs on day one of the Design Skills Symposium 2010. The focus is on developing the placemaking brief.

Spatial Design Frameworks
This briefing paper summarises the key lessons and learning to come from the Design Skills Symposium 2010, informing the development of Spatial Design Frameworks.

Delivering Better Places in Scotland
This learning point captures the key messages from an event held in January to launch the Delivering Better Places in Scotland good practice guide and publication of place-making case studies from the six Urban Regeneration Companies in Scotland.

Learning Network Briefing Paper: Lessons Learned 2009-11
This briefing paper captures three main priorities agreed for the Mixed and Sustainable Communities Learning Network: connecting housing with wider regeneration and community planning; improving understanding about the importance of place-making and identifying new funding and delivery models.

Delivering Better Places in Scotland: Summary
This short publication summarises the key lessons for Scotland from Delivering Better Places in Scotland: Learning from broader experience and outlines ideas for the way ahead.

What next for wider role?
This learning point looks at the issues being faced by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) working to make an important contribution to regeneration across Scotland in their role as developers and managers of social housing.

Best practice in using Compulsory Purchase Orders
This learning point summarises the main lessons that came out of an event held in October 2010 to share experience of delivering Compulsory Purchase Orders in Scotland.

Participation in placemaking
This paper aims to challenge traditional ways of thinking and working. It argues that conventional ways of making places have, generally, not created places of the quality that the public demands. Change is needed. It explores therefore how we can better connect placemaking and community empowerment and how we can bring together the built environment agendas of placemaking and design with the community agendas of social enterprise, learning and empowerment.

Issues and lessons from Freiburg study visit
The German city of Freiburg was recipient of the Academy of Urbanism European City of the year award for 2010, this coupled with the cities reputation of the green capitol of Europe made it an attractive learning opportunity. This briefing shares the issues, lessons and learning shared by attendees who took part in the Mixed and Sustainable Communities Learning Network study visit to Freiburg.

Routes into regeneration: A guide to structures and planning for housing associations
A guide to help housing associations ensure that their regeneration activities contribute successfuly to local outcomes. Its key message is the importance of knowing local approaches and structures and how to work successfully within them.

Embracing social return on investment (SROI)
Briefing paper sets the Social Return on Investment (SROI) model in context for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and explores the model's potential to support RSLs to enhance their accountability, to improve organisational effectiveness and to access the resource for broader regeneration activities.

Excellence in regeneration
This learning point summarises the learning from the Excellence in Regeneration event delivered in partnership between Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and Scottish Government. It looks at the key issues being faced by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) trying to deliver the best quality and most appropriate mix of homes.

Infrastructure requirements
This Learning Point summarises the learning from the Future Infrastructure Requirements for Services (FIRS) event delivered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland (RICS Scotland) and the Scottish Government. It looks at current perspectives from the public and private sectors on the coordinated development of infrastructure. And considers the current context in which development is taking place.

Co-ordinating regeneration: Improving effectiveness in local delivery
This report by Dr Tim Brown and Ros Lishman of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester for The Northern Way highlights that, in order to tackle the recession and plan for the upturn, councils and their partners must rethink how the regeneration process is managed.

World class places
Lays out the UK Government's approach to improving quality of place - the way the places where we live and work are planned, designed, developed and maintained.

Barriers to delivering mixed use development
This learning point identifies why and where mixed use development has and has not occurred to understand what the barriers are to achieving mixed use development. It summarises the learning from the Scottish Government Directorate for the Built Environment research on 'Barriers to Delivering Mixed Use Development' by Douglas Wheeler Associates With Ann Flint Associates Austin-Smith: Lord Edinburgh College of Art (School of Architecture-ScotMark).

Firm foundations
Describes the Scottish Government's vision of a housing system that delivers more houses, which meets higher environmental standards, offers more choice of housing that is affordable, contributes to the creation of sustainable mixed communities, and achieves better value for public expenditure.

Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI)
One of the ways in which the Scottish Government is influencing and shaping future development which should be not only environmentally, but also economically and socially sustainable. The SSCI encourages the creation of a number of very low or zero carbon communities and provides a platform to stimulate a rise in environmental and design quality standards within new developments and to showcase the architectural and design skills that exist in Scotland. The aim is to create places that will be inherently sustainable as a result of their enduring appeal.

Making the links: greenspace for a more successful and sustainable Scotland
Whilst we have a stronger national policy context for greenspace than at any time previously, and our public attitudes survey shows that our greenspace is getting better, Scotland's urban environment is still not consistently or equitably beneficial for communities. 'Making the Links' blends case studies from across urban Scotland with international research to demonstrate how greenspace creates healthier, safer and stronger, wealthier and fairer, smarter and greener communities. Sets out the key actions that are needed to ensure that greenspace delivers for people, communities and places across the whole of urban Scotland.

Sustainable designs on you (SDoY) maintenance study
This study investigated the potential for a more sustainable approach by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to their maintenance programmes. It was developed following requests by housing associations to Sust to produce more guidance and training on sustainability issues for maintenance staff, and was designed to provide the information on which those programmes could be developed.

Unlocking the potential: Supporting the housing sector's contribution to regeneration
Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH), 2008
The result of an 18 month consultation process managed by EVH, with representatives from Scottish Government, housing co-operatives, Dundee City Council and the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland. The report calls for the housing sector to play a leading role in regeneration and the creation of thriving and sustainable communities in Scotland. And argues that housing associations should lead an integrated approach to tackling major problems such as economic inactivity, poverty, social immobility and ill-health in Scotland's communities.

Devising and delivering masterplanning at neighbourhood level: Some lessons from the New Deal for Communities Programme
Department for Communities and Local Government, 2008
Identifies some of the main issues, learning points and practical dilemnas from the New Deal for Communities (NDC) involvement in masterplanning. Some NDCs saw a need to develop more fundamental and strategic programmes to transform neighbourhood infrastructure, housing, local retail outlets, transport connections, open spaces and so on.

Developing and sustaining mixed tenure housing developments
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2008
Evaluates the strategic and policy context for housing development and neighbourhood renewal. The authors argue that integrating different housing tenures is an important prerequisite for developing 'housing of choice', but that there are many other aspects of sustainable communities which need to be given equal weight.

Inclusion by design: equality, diversity and the built environment
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 2008
This document sets out CABE's position on equality, diversity and the built environment. As physical access has improved, the discussion has widened to address cultural and economic access, recognising that design plays a vital role in including, and often excluding, communities. It offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone.

The SHARP Study: Objectives, design and methodology
Scottish Government, 2008
The Scottish Health, Housing and Regeneration (SHARP) study is a longitudinal study of the health and social impacts on tenants which result from moving into new-build socially rented housing. The primary aim was to investigate the impacts of being rehoused in new-build socially rented property on housing conditions, neighbourhood outcomes and the health and well-being of tenants. This report outlines the study objectives, design and methodology.

GoWell progress report 2008/09
GoWell (Glasgow Community Health Research and Well Being Learning Programme), 2009
Annual report from the GoWell programme. The GoWell programme has been designed to improve understanding of the different approaches to urban regeneration and examine their actual impact on the health and well-being of householders, their families and communities. It is a longitudinal study spanning ten years which allows an examination of a range of neighbourhood, housing and health related factors before, during and after these changes take place.

Socio-economic and health deprivation in Glasgow
Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF)
A special report for SURF's quarterly journal Scotregen. Examines the prevalence of socio-economic and health deprivation across 129 letting sub-areas within Glasgow defined by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA). Compares the geography of 80,000 GHA tenancies with relevant area health indicators to illustrate the strong linkages between health, housing and poverty.

Delivering Healthy Communities
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), 2009
This guidance aims to highlight the multitude of spatial planning factors that have an impact upon health and how they can be addressed. Stems from a recognition of the need to refocus efforts and for closer partnership working between the planning and health communities. With supporting case studies.

The creative city: a toolkit for urban innovators
CharlesLandry, 2nd edition 2008
Calls for imaginative action in developing and running urban life and in addressing urban issues. Uses examples of innovation in regeneration from around the world to help develop a toolkit of methods to revive urban areas.

Better places, better planet: how local action can really make a difference - A plain English guide to local action on climate change and creating more sustainable communities
Community Development Foundation, 2008
Looks at creating better places to live at the local level including activating community participation. Discusses how to create a better local environment by addressing practical issues such as rubbish or waste, food and healthy eating, and transport. Reviews the bigger global picture, action planning, and the delivery of environmental and social justice.

Making a difference: Good practice in communities first
Published by Welsh Assembly Government to showcase good practice from Communities First areas around Wales.

How do we change the way people feel and think about places
Scottish Centre for Regeneration (SCR) Learning Point looks at what action can be taken to change negative perceptions into positive ones as part of the wider regeneration of neighbourhoods.

How can mainstream health services contribute to regeneration?
SCR Learning Point is about how day-to-day health services provided by general practitioners and other primary care staff in local health centres can contribute to regeneration and suggests ways they can be a catalyst for, or a partner in change.

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