Place Standard Tool article series from Architecture and Design Scotland

The Place Standard tool was launched in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places in Scotland. The tool provides a simple structure for conversation on issues and outcomes linking physical and social aspects of placemaking.

Who is using Place Standard and for what?

Over the next couple of weeks we are publishing a series of articles where we explore recent ways in which Architecture and Design Scotland has helped organisations to test, develop and apply the Place Standard.  We demonstrate formats for engagement and some of the outcomes and benefits of applying the tool.  This has been part of our partnership work in jointly leading development of the tool with Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland.

Current guidance sets out stages when place standard has potential to enhance outcomes:

  • Identifying community needs and assets
  • Aligning priorities and investment decisions – amongst agencies
  • Community empowerment
  • Action Planning
  • Informing Proposals – professional use
  • Reviewing proposals – both communities and professionals
  • Monitoring changes or investments in the longer term
  • Informing community after-care or stewardship
  • Shared learning

Roadmaps for the Place Standard

Our next phase of work is to create a series of evidenced roadmaps which illustrate how Place Standard can be mainstreamed into decision-making and delivery processes. The Pathfinder project will be achieved by collaborating with partners and organisations on live projects.

Supporting the process of place based change

The Pathfinder will draw on the resources of Place Standard partners, as well as the cross cutting nature of A&DS services design and place around:

  • Public infrastructure
  • Place planning
  • Developing skills
  • Promoting architecture and design

The scope of these services is set out in the 2016/17 A&DS business plan. We would be delighted to hear from you on your needs, how Place Standard might help and how we can support you with our services to make better places.


Throughout November 2016 we have published seven articles on the initial implementation of the Place Standard:

1. Read about how the Carnegie UK Trust tested the Place Standard tool with communities who were winners of the Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing.

2. Read about how the Place Standard was used to discuss growth in South Queensferry.

3. Find out more about the use of the Place Standard in Arbroath.

4. Read about Corporate Working in Shetland

5. Find out how North Ayrshire Council to road tested the Place Standard in Irvine.

6. Read about how the Place Standard was used in preparing for a housing development in Shetland.

Source: ADS

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