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Feb 21 - Place Standard – how good is our place?

We are very excited to have John Howie, Organisational Lead - Place, from NHS Health Scotland to share with us the award-winning Scotland Place Standard Tool

Title: Place Standard - How good is our place? 

We know that every development creates a place but what is seldom asked is whether or not that development has a positive, neutral or negative impact on the social, physical and cultural well-being of that community. The presentation will briefly summarise the relationship between place development, empowerment, well-being and inequalities before introducing the Place Standard Tool. This tool is a flexible product that translates these complex public health and place making relationships into a simple tool that supports communities, organisations and businesses to work together and identify both the assets of a place and areas deemed priority for improvement, albeit within places that are well-established, undergoing change, or still being planned. Developed in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Architecture and Design Scotland, the tool was launched in 2015. Today, it is applied across the vast majority of municipalities in Scotland and is supported by a national governance framework and a network of place standard leads in each municipality, both national parks and a number of leading organisations. At the international level, its design, transferability and its relationship with Health 2020 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals has been recognised by the European WHO Healthy Cities Network, and is now being applied in 11 European countries. Recognition is not limited to public health networks and in June 2017 the Place Standard won the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute’s award for excellence in planning for wellbeing.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the challenges of successfully embedding a place based approach into the design and management of our built environments?
  2. What factors have proven to be effective in addressing some of these challenges?
  3. Would the place standard tool and process offer an additional mechanism to successfully enable an effective place based approach in Canada?

Webinar Recording


The slides are forthcoming. 

This was an excellent webinar - thank you so much for organizing!

The Place Standard Tool seems like an excellent resource for engaging the community in discussions around place, especially as it includes both the physical and social enrvironment. I particularly liked that it created a visual representation of community responses. One of my first thoughts after the webinar was how well this tool could potentially be paired with a Jane's Walk in communities.

I was wondering if any individuals in the forum have experiences with additional methods/tools for engaging the community in discussions about place/space. I am always interested in learning about new engagement resources and techniques.

Thank you!