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Architecture and Design Scotland launch new report

13 October 2020

A Carbon Conscious Place

On 6 October, Scotland's design agency, Architecture and Design Scotland, launched Designing for a Changing Climate: Creating Carbon Conscious Places setting out proposals on how the planning of our settlements can contribute to the action needed to address the impacts of the climate emergency.

Funded by the Climate Change Directorate of the Scottish Government, this report shares the learnings of a one-year exploration into designing for a changing climate, using a whole place approach to the net zero carbon challenge.

Pilot Programme

Architecture and Design Scotland spent a year working in four local authorities to pilot Carbon Conscious Places. The report looks at the changes that can be made to tackle climate change across different scales: urban neighbourhoods; city centre; town; rural.

Eight principles of designing for a carbon conscious place:

  1. A Place-Led Approach
  2. A Place of Small Distances
  3. A Network of Small Places
  4. A Place Designed for and with Local People
  5. A Place that Reuses, Repurposes and Considers Whole Life Costs
  6. A Place with Whole and Circular Systems
  7. A Place the Supports Sharing
  8. A Place Designed in Time
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “I am extremely impressed by Architecture and Design Scotland leading the way nationally in regards to addressing the global climate emergency, driving forward a whole place approach with the ambitious Carbon Conscious Places initiative. I strongly support your ongoing exploration of how we design, plan and deliver places and how that relates to our national response to climate change, decarbonisation and health inequalities.”

You can watch the launch event below:

Designing for a Changing Climate Event Video from Architecture and Design Scotland on Vimeo.

Download the full report here.

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