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Andres Duany signs up to drive for sustainable communities

The internationally acclaimed designer will be working on plans for low-carbon Scottish communities

Andres Duany (pictured), who drew up designs for rebuilding work in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, will run charrettes for projects in Dumfries, Aberdeen and Fife. The projects are part of a government initiative set up to encourage new sustainable communities.

The teams will be working on large and small-scale projects, from reshaping existing neighbourhoods to creating new housing developments, community facilities and transport links to offices and schools.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said, ‘I know the projects are incredibly excited to have the respected designer Andres Duany on board.

‘It is a unique opportunity to combine some of Scotland’s most respected aspirational sustainable developments with an internationally acclaimed design consultant.

This combination has the potential to put Scotland at the forefront of new approaches to planning and development

‘This combination has the potential to put Scotland at the forefront of new approaches to planning and development and will attract world-wide interest and recognition of Scottish planning, design and creations. The plans for new low-carbon communities will also provide opportunities for Scotland’s construction sector, something which, as we work to position Scotland’s economy for recovery, it is vital we take advantage of.’

Andres Duany has said, ‘It will be a privilege to participate in the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. I look forward to working with can-do Scottish professionals and with the public in what will be a model for an inclusive process.

‘Given the diversity of sites it should be possible to explore a broad range of techniques, all in the hopes of contributing to the new planning system being developed for Scotland. I very much enjoy working with the spirit of innovation and debate which is in the air.’

Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative

In June 2008 the Scottish Government launched the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative to encourage the creation of communities where people can have a high quality of life while reducing their carbon footprint. Eleven projects across Scotland were selected in May 2009 and awarded recognition that they are working towards creating a Scottish sustainable community.

The eleven projects are: An Camas Mor in Aviemore, Craigmillar in Edinburgh, Grandhome & Whitestripes in Aberdeen, Knockroon in Cumnock, Ladyfield in Dumfries, Lochgelly in Fife, Maryhill Locks in Glasgow, Raploch in Stirling, Speirs Locks in Glasgow, Tornagrain near Inverness, Whitecross in Linlithgow.


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