The Scottish government has long had a formal policy on architecture; something that Westminster politicians have studiously refused to implement for England.
The Architecture Policy reveals five key objectives:
Culture minister for the Scottish parliament Patricia Ferguson (pictured above)said at the launch this morning: 'We recognise the important contribution of architecture in making Scotland an attractive place to live, work and visit.
'The quality and design of our built environment makes a significant contribution to our quality of life, our economic success and how others see us.
'Our new statement on architecture responds to the dynamic changes which have taken place in Scotland's built environment since the original policy was developed.
'We are keen to lead by example, to further improve the quality of new projects and ensure that they are truly sustainable for years to come,' Ferguson added.