Shaping Our Spaces
The Scottish Government
in collaboration with Young Scot
January – April 2017
Shaping Our Spaces is a pilot creative project developed and delivered by Pidgin Perfect and supported by Architecture & Place at The Scottish Government. The principal rationale behind the pilot was to create direct links to The Scottish Government 2017 consultation on the review of the planning system in Scotland, in particular the role of young people.
The pilot explored the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes around the built environment as a method to reveal new perspectives on important issues, develop new opportunities for design thinking and influence intergovernmental processes and policy-making.
Through Shaping Our Spaces, Pidgin Perfect collaborated with Young Scot and a wide variety of young people through formal design processes and informal dialogue. Exploring potential ways of widening access to information and encouraging the active participation and contribution of young people across Scotland with policy and decision making through the National Planning Framework, as well as through existing devices such as the Place Standard Toolkit.
Following an extensive period of research, a ’Shaping Our Spaces’ event day was held in March 2017 and attended by young people (aged 16-21) from across Scotland. The signature activity was a visit to Sighthill in North Glasgow – the largest regeneration project in the UK outside of London. At Sighthill, the cohort were guided to explore the site and met with members of the Sighthill Community Group to gain, first hand, an understanding of the experience of living, working, studying and playing in a shaping space. Their responses and thinking where then consolidated directly on site through a series of temporary public art interventions.