Ambitions to introduce greener and more pleasant public realm in streets and public spaces are in evidence throughout the country; but there can be challenges for professionals trying to deliver change, according to a chartered landscape architect and urban designer.
Jenny Elliott, a PhD Researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has recently interviewed scores of built environment professionals about their experiences, conducted surveys and hosted several workshops in association with Connected Places Catapult as part of her PhD research funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.
These have led, she says, to some fascinating discussions and emerging themes, with final research findings due to be shared later this year.
One common frustration she has found so far is that despite practitioners’ desire to introduce more green infrastructure, prioritise active travel and deliver contextual, collaborative design, there can be challenges to fully realise these aspirations in practice. Jenny has made it her mission to find out why, and to ask what can be done to improve policies and processes, and reduce barriers to delivering better public spaces.