Input + Ideas Exhibition Resource Pack

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Input + Ideas Rethinking Scotland’s Policy on Architecture and Place

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What methods could be used to involve you in the development of buildings and places? Respondents were asked to select the three best methods. Number of responses: 82

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Providing opportunities outside long dull council meetings is key. Local exhibitions would use local spaces and be more interactive. Committees = very bad idea, limits involvement.

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Events and Exhibitions 26% Online Information and Activities 15% Workshops 15% Local Meetings 10% Volunteering 9% Social Media groups 9% Questionnaire 8% Membership Groups or Committees 7%

“Explain to people why they should care about their urban environment. Explain how the design process and end result can be shaped by their actions..”

Social/online media reaches such a large percentage of the population, it allows people to really connect with ideas. Questionnaires allow limited expression, long process. Meetings are better in order to express opinions + involve the community - so long as they are well advertised + accessible to all. Needs to be balance between new and old ways of engaging. One obstacle is always getting beyond the interested few. That’s why I think committees should be avoided in favour of open meeting and social media. People need to be aware that they have the option to input, often this is poorly advertised.