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Scots drive for independent architecture policy

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Scotland's culture minister with responsibility for architecture, Rhona Brankin, launched a framework document this week which sets out the wider benefits for government and the public of developing its policy for architecture.

The document, which is a first step towards such a policy, sets out the government's views on the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of architecture and describes government's role in promoting policy and a framework for action on policy development. It also aims to raise the awareness of the importance of good building design, stimulate debate, and stress that government itself can help by becoming an example in the buildings it commissions. Finally it identifies that it can affirm the value of good architecture through education, legislation and 'ensuring a favourable climate in which good architecture can flourish.'

'Good building design and good architecture can bring benefits to people, as individuals and as communities, as well as meeting a whole range of our social, cultural, environmental and economic objectives' said Brankin. Speaking at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, she added that good architecture affirms regional and national identity.

The Scottish executive now wants feedback on the document, which is available on its website at www.scotland.gov.uk.

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