Community empowerment tools

Friday 22/9, 14:00 – 17:00

Voices in Leith and Sydhavn: Testing a new tool for dialogue.
Good quality urban life does not appear out of nowhere.  It is closely connected to urban design, the surrounding build environment and maybe most important: people. In this workshop we will explore the Place Standard, a new method to engage and empower people in co-creating urban space.   Scottish Government, Architecture & Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have developed an interactive planning tool for all ages that considers place, health and equalities.  All will be there with Leith Creative to explain their work with the community in Leith and test the tool and to help the South Harbour Integrated Urban Renewal team to live test different locations in South Harbour.

Morvern Cunningham and Duncan Bremner are co-producers of place-based research project Leith Creative. Leith Creative has been working in the Leith region of Edinburgh over the last six months, asking local people what they would do to Make Leith Better. The giant version of Place Standard Wheel was developed by creative agency HERE + NOW and is one of the methods used to engage people as part of the Leith Creative People and Places: Make Leith Better Project. The project is supported by the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. The Place Standard won in the Excellence in Planning for Wellbeing category in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.