The Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have been working in partnership to develop the  Place Standard tool to support the delivery of high quality public places, which can help to reduce health inequalities. The tool will support communities and the public and private sectors to work together to deliver high quality, sustainable places.

Architecture & Design Scotland have developed a range of case studies to illustrate how the Place Standard tool has been used in a variety of ways and at a range of scales to inform spatial planning community planning, design and development. Access the dedicated webpage here, or view some of the key case studies below. 

The practitioners and organisations featured in the case studies explain their reason for using the tool, the methods they applied, their approach to empowering local communities and the impact this has had. They also share their perceptions of the tool, the knowledge gained in using it as well as any valuable lessons learned and worth sharing with others.

Place Standard in Plnaning Case Studies

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Focus on Argyll and Bute Council

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – City District Scale

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement Scale

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Focus on North Ayrshire Council

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site Scale

You can also explore older Place Standard case studies from the early testing of the tool, or find out more about Architecture and Design Scotland’s work on The Place Standard.


Making Place 2019

The following eight videos were developed and exhibited at the inaugural Making Place 2019 conference on the 10th June 2019, each video is a two minute introduction to how the Place Standard tool was applied in each case and looks at what impact was observed or lesson learnt.

The Making Place 2019 conference looked at four aspects of place-based approaches, these were:

Physical Environment – Demonstrating how place based approaches and/or tools link diverse physical environments and the wider geographical boundaries of communities. 

Showing how those differences and variations are managed to ensure the priorities of the community are identified, prioritised and acted on. 

Social Environment – Highlighting empowerment opportunities for communities when using a place based approach and/or tools to develop resilience, build capacity and engagement across different neighbourhoods, cultures, life stages and populations where services have previously failed to engage successfully. 

Language & Culture – Demonstrating how place based approaches enable communities and professionals to develop a shared vision and purpose via the dialogue and structure offered when utilising structured place making processes and tools such as the Place Standard. 

Design Environment – Highlighting how place based approaches and/or tools enable, at the design stage of a project, greater participation with consideration for the impact on the wider environment and those communities affected by the design.

View videos and all case studies at the dedicated webpage here

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