University of Strathclyde

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FRAME:works – Social Innovation in Planning for the Built Environment

University of Strathclyde (Department of Architecture), the Glasgow School of Art (Mackintosh School of Architecture) and University of Glasgow (Department of Urban Studies) have come together to organise this event which is the next in a series of symposia organised over the last few years by the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. It directly follows last year’s event entitled “Social innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities”, which introduced the emerging practice of social innovation and its impact on new approaches to design in the built environment. That event brought together a diverse set of academics and practitioners to showcase networked approaches to planning, informed by deep engagement with communities. Building on this theme, this year’s symposium will focus on policy frameworks, and how multi-disciplinary collaboration - between a wide set of stakeholders and agencies - can lead to more holistic place-based strategies for inclusive growth. Bringing together speakers from the three urbanism-focused universities in Glasgow, the symposium is set to combine best practice from the Scottish policy context, with an engaging set of speakers from around the world.

FRAME:works – Social Innovation in Planning for the Built Environment is an opportunity to initiate new conversations around policy development and the planning system. In a context where resources for development are decreasing, how can we develop agile systems for building resilience that allows us to make best use of tacit knowledge and experience that exists within local eco-systems? Iterative and agile approaches to social transformation need robust policy, devices and planning instruments that allow for public participation – allowing sustainable development based around the needs and well-being of communities. With a keynote presentation from Distinguished American Professor of Architecture Henry Sanoff, we will examine the value of civic engagement and ethnographic research. Other presentations will position the emerging practice of service design, and the digital or data-led tactics that are provoking changes in the planning system. At a local level, we will also hear about changes underway to the Scottish planning systems that embeds citizens in the decision-making process. In summary, the event is looking to develop a dialogue around policy frameworks that deliver on shared outcomes for Health and Wellbeing, Circular Economy and Inclusive Growth, and can influence better joined up policy and planning system.

Background to this symposium can be found in the recently published paper, “Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities” - - by Donagh Horgan and Prof. Branka Dimitrijević
Period18 May 2018
VisitingUniversity of Strathclyde
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Civic engagement
  • urban design
  • resilience
  • community planning
  • Architecture