On 28-29 October 2015 Architecture and Design Scotland, in collaboration with a number of partners and supporters, will host the Place Challenge 2015 Town Centre Living event in Arbroath, Angus.

Architecture and Design Scotland, with Scottish Government and Angus Council, is hosting a practical learning event to address these issues. Join us at the PLACE CHALLENGE event on 28-29 October. Using Arbroath as a ‘learning place’ we will offer a two day collaborative learning experience focusing on how to deliver town centre living as a key part of making the ‘town centres first’ principle a reality.

Towns and town centres are an important part of Scottish society but the changing patterns of service provision, demand and competition is challenging the role of town centres as sustainable places. Rethinking town centres as places to live is one possible future – but how do we – working collaboratively - create town centres as living places that re-use existing spaces to deliver housing, opportunity and services in the right place for the right impact?


Place Challenge 2015: Town Centre Living is a two-day event bringing together professionals from a broad range of disciplines. We would like to see attendance from public, private or community sectors in the following areas: housing, economic development, regeneration, housebuilding, community planning, public services and agencies as well as planning, urban design and architecture. 

The event will be opened by Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioner's Rights.


The Place Challenge 2015 event has grown out of our Design Skills Symposium series. Here is some feedback from the 2014 event:


“I feel the skills I learned are very transferable to my working life.”  
“l liked the fact that we saw some very high profile design initiatives from overseas e.g. Melbourne, but also had insight to small scale local projects and initiatives” 
“Very useful. Enabled us to see planning and development from different angles and different disciplines / professions. Provoked a ‘thinking outside the box’ attitude.”

You can find out more about the Place Challenge 2015 event on our dedicated event website http://placechallenge2015.org/

We hope to see you in Arbroath in October!

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