Resources: public spaces
2015 Scottish Town Centre Toolkit: Published in 2015, the original Toolkit had a greater focus on physical urban design than the current Toolkit. It contained lots of information and guidance about the design of streets, spaces and buildings to make town centres more attractive, accessible and inclusive. Much of this information is still appropriate now.
Architecture and Design Scotland: their comprehensive Stalled Spaces Toolkit contains lots of inspirational ideas and practical information about how to re-use stalled development sites, under-used green spaces or vacant land – for anything from event spaces to food-growing. Their Stalled Spaces Programme has more information.
greenspace scotland: a social enterprise which supports the planning, development and sustainable management of green spaces and green networks in our towns and cities. Their website has lots of information and resources.
Kirkcaldy town centre provides an example of how the urban design guidance in the original Toolkit could be delivered on the ground. For more information about how they did it, click here.
Play Scotland: Getting it Right for Play Toolkit is a practical and comprehensive guide to providing more and better play opportunities for children and young people in Scotland. Free to Play provides guidance on creating public play spaces that are accessible and inclusive. It includes more information about the Catherine Street playpark in Dumfries.
Secured by Design: An official UK police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit. Their interactive 3D design guide gives an easy-to-use overview of how to 'design-out' crime in spaces and buildings.