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Designing Places

Designing Places Student Competition | February 2015

This year’s competition took place on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. The day was led by Susie Stirling (Scottish Government), supported by Ian Alexander (JM Architects), Rowena Statt (Anderson Bell Christie),  and Stuart Watson and Kristen Anderson(Scottish Government).  John McNairney, the Scottish Government’s Chief Planner also attended, and presented the winning team with their book prizes.

Group Image

Built environment students from courses in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning from across Scotland attended the one-day live masterplanning class which this year focused on town centres and with a particular focus on the Raploch Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) site.

Work of outstanding quality was produced during a fast paced afternoon by all teams. The judges were impressed with everyone’s dedication, team work and excellent outputs.   Each of the six teams imaginatively dealt with regeneration and green infrastructure in their designs for the site, making it very difficult to reach a decision.

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3

Team 4 Team 5 Team 6

Congratulations go to the winning team - The Urbanites who created a well-considered masterplan, under great time pressure, working hard together as a team. Named ‘Castle Square’ it had a strong street structure and a good balance of green spaces, new housing arrangements and community amenities such as a school. The plan looked outwards, towards city & castle, but also created a focus on a new urban space, that would attract vibrant activity. The team also captures a good sense of scale in terms of building blocks and spaces.

Winning Masterplan The Urbanites

The team included:

Jessica Gaudi Cowan –University of Strathclyde
Houssam Elokda – University of Glasgow
Lucy Duerden – University of Edinburgh
Cameron Legg – University of Glasgow
Johanna Rosvall – University of Strathclyde
Petra Sandberg – University of Edinburgh

The winning students were invited to attend the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) in November to be presented with their certificates.

You can see more photos from the day on Flickr or see those posted live on the day by searching for #DPSC2015 on twitter.