During 2017 a specialist team from the University of Dundee, Eclipse Research and Kevin Murray Associates, supported by the Scottish Government, undertook ground-breaking research into ‘the facilitation of participatory placemaking‘.
The publication of the resulting report – ‘‘Shaping better places together” – marks what they believe is a first attempt to investigate the role and significance of facilitators in participatory community design processes. The topic is highly relevant, given the increasing application of participatory and community design events in Scotland, along with the use of engagement tools such as the Place Standard Tool.
This research provides an important scoping of the many components and steps involved. Its findings will aid understanding and ultimately enhance the output performance of community charrettes and similar participatory design processes.
The research should give confidence to professional facilitators, local authorities, local communities and the development industry active in collaborative processes, underpinning the investment in skills and expertise of appropriate facilitators.
This Launch event, between 10.30 and 1pm at The Lighthouse, will explore the key findings, and stimulate a panel and audience discussion around the lessons from this practice-based research.
This promises to be an excellent insightful session for a wide range of placemaking practitioners and community client-advocates.
If you are interested in attending this Launch event please register by contacting Mr Hugh Gunn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Places are free but limited, so registration is required by the 15th of Jan
Please note this is not a SURF event, please contact the event organisers directly with any queries