Decision-Making Place-Making: Frameworks, Processes and Practices

Conference organised by the Department of Architecture (Faculty of Engineering) and the Department of Management Science (Strathclyde Business School), University of Strathclyde Sponsor: Scottish Natural Heritage

Date: Friday, 17 June 2016. 9am to 5pm

Venue: AR201, Architecture Building, University of Strathclyde

Booking: FREE Event, book through Eventbrite


This knowledge exchange conference is a follow-up to the event ‘Sustainability and resilience of buildings, settlements and natural environment: Research, practice and support for social innovation’, organised by the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, on 23 April 2015, at which the participants raised the following questions:

  • What are places for? People or profit? 
  • What is the scale of public participation and its role in decision-making? 
  • Can participatory design and planning practices make a difference in developing responsive places?
  • What are the forms, means, and techniques for social engagement in the participatory process?
  • How are private, market and public interests negotiated and mediated?
  • How do planners engage in planning and regeneration of communities?

The speakers will address these questions by presenting; recent research, examples from planning practices, evolving government policies and new tools for public participation in decision making. During the Q&A session the audience will be able to highlight the challenges facing communities and individuals who wish to engage in decision-making about places and thus indicate future research required to influence the relevant policies and practice.



9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome, Professor Branka Dimitrijevic, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

9:40 Questioning Participation and the value of the triadic paradigm of “conceived-perceived-lived” space

Professor Ashraf Salama, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

10:10 Public domain today: Who are the actors and how do they make decisions about places?

Clive Mitchell, Scottish Natural Heritage

10:40 Participatory Pedagogies: how community/university partnerships shape the public domain

Dr Harriet Harriss, Royal College of Art, London

11:10 Coffee/tea break

11:30 Linking spatial and community planning in Scotland

Craig McLaren, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

12:00 Structured Expert Judgement methods for assessing risk and uncertainty

Professor Tim Bedford, Department of Management Science, Strathclyde Business School

12:30 Lunch

13:15 New approaches to enabling the flexibility in urban planning

Professor Sergio Porta, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

13:45 Planning's role in Engaging Communities

Irene Beautyman, Improvement Service

14:15 Decision-making tools for different users: From existing tools to new apps

Donagh Horgan, Oifig/ Innovate Dublin

14:45 Coffee/tea break

15:00 Q&A

15:40 Summing-up: Challenges and research questions

Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic

16:00 Networking

17:00 Close