Friday 11th November 2016, University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building 


  • adapting streets and spaces to enhance the urban experience
  • understanding pedestrian & people movements patterns
  • transforming areas through re-thinking the physical, social and economic roles of streets and urban spaces
  • re-Inhabiting streets and central urban spaces
  • capturing intellectual ideas from different locations and spheres and use these to inform policy processes
  • bring in the voices of the ‘quadruple helix’ of stakeholders, as a resource/provocation for innovative rethinking


Programme Leaflet : FULL DETAILS HERE

This landmark collaborative learning event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Academy of Urbanism, organised jointly with Architecture and Design Scotland and the University of Dundee, within the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. It focus on streets and public space, building upon the highly successful ‘Place Making’ symposium series previously run jointly by the University of Dundee, Academy of Urbanism, Architecture Design Scotland and other key partners.

Streets and other urban spaces need to respond to the demands of modern life, including vehicle access and human walkability, safety and wellbeing, local market business needs and shifts in arts and culture. There has been a progressive shift from utilitarian corridors to ‘positive’ streets where people want to be - where they feel comfortable, safe, and even delighted by their surroundings. Creative and thoughtful design and management of these public spaces can stumulate a range of human activity that, in turn, can bring wider urban areas to life.

The positive effects may include reduced accidents, more cultural and community events, more dwell time and improved trade and economic performance. Some streets have even helped to brand cities, or at least key parts of them.

This event will be a collaboration between the Academy, Architecture Design Scotland, academic institutions, government bodies and private sector partners. In this new symposium consider “what is currently happening, what could be improved and what needs to happen in the future”.
In particular we will look at:

  • What impact does modifying streets have on health and well-being, including groups such as the elderly and young people?
  • Is the full pedestrianisation of streets always desirable or beneficial?
  • What are the social and economic effects of enhanced street activity, such as markets and arts events?
  • To what extent are streets less about movement arteries, but more about public spaces that need eyes, windows and doors onto the space to make them seem more convivial?
  • What organisational and governance mechanisms have contributed to the design, regeneration and management of successfully transformed streets as public spaces?
  • Do regulations, rules and codes need to be rethought or changed to promote streets as public spaces?

Contact the Team

Hugh Gunn –

Jaclyn Scott – Telephone +44 (0) 1382 385871/386784

Programme Leaflet  : FULL DETAILS HERE

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