The Place Commission report, led by Professor Brian Evans, Glasgow's first City Urbanist, has now been published.
The Place Commission had three key aims:
The Commission - made up of expert practitioners in architecture, design, economics, engineering, and public health - engaged with a range of key stakeholders in order to inform its approach, findings and recommendations. It drew together thinking on three different - though related - perspectives on Glasgow as a place: as an international city connected to global currents of trade, people and cultures; as a metropolitan city embedded in and drawing from a city-region; and as an everyday city where people live, work, study and visit.
A key feature of the report was the theme of 'People make places', with several case studies of successful place-based work in Glasgow and Scotland, with an emphasis on how projects succeed when people are at their heart.
The report invites city partners and communities to think about place in a different way, and has four main messages:
Glasgow City Council is now considering the recommendations made in the report. Some of the recommendations include a Place 'Stock Transfer', the establishment of a Glasgow Place Bureau; and the development of Place Associations in the city.
The report's recommendations emphasise that a focus on place can enhance public health, tackle the climate emergency and build a better city for all. There is a strong emphasis on bringing partners and communities together, with the council playing a central role - with a view to embedding and progressing policy and practice through a place perspective.
The key next step for the council and its city partners is to develop a response to the Commission's recommendations.