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Building blocks for success: public voting open for international architecture award


Where young people learn plays a huge part in how they learn.

This is the philosophy behind Making Space 2016, an international programme, run by Children in Scotland, celebrating excellence in the design of places and spaces for children, young people and communities.

As part of the programme, part of this year’s prestigious Festival of Architecture in Scotland, submissions were sought for an international competition, looking for examples of places and spaces designed for and with children and young people, which demonstrated innovation.

The shortlists for the Making Space 2016 awards have just been announced, with the winners revealed in late November at a dinner in Glasgow, and the general public is being invited to participate, by voting for the winner of the ‘Our Space’ category. 

Making Space 2016 – shortlists
Our Space,
the winner of which will be chosen by public vote:

The Speech Language Company (SLCo)
Camden Active Spaces Project – Wayward, Erect Architecture and LUC
Brothick Bridge Dental Surgery – Voigt Partnership Limited
The Muirhouse Avenue play space and tyre amphitheatre (Centipede project) – The Old Kirk & St Andrews Church in partnership with North Edinburgh Arts
The Leaving Care Team office – Falkirk Council



Camden Active Spaces Project – Wayward, Erect Architecture and LUC Brothick Bridge Dental Surgery – Voigt Partnership Limited
Windmill Community Campus – Fife Council


Soyoo Joyful Growth Centre – Crossboundaries, Beijing Holding Innocence – Nelca Wan Chi Yuen, Hong Kong Central Children’s Library – City of Edinburgh Council


Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle de Londres – Wayward London Ltd. Adventure Cove @ Culzean Castle – Cap.Co
Pollokshields Playhouse #TinkerTown – The City of Play
Between the port and the sea – Mio Designs, Anna Maraj


Tymianek Family Café – mode:linaTM architekci, Poland
Bramble Cottages – Angus Council – Property Services and Children and Families Services The Ramp House – Chambers McMillan Architects

The shortlists were chosen by a panel of expert judges, including Professor Gordon Murray, working with a panel of young people from St. John’s RC Academy in Perth. The young people were trained and supported by Stone Opera, an architecture company skilled in participative work with children.

Of the unique judging process, Gordon Murray said: “It has been a very interesting experiment and one that should be rolled out as a part of every curriculum. 1 in 50,000 may become architects but embedding a critical awareness of design and the built environment within the other 49,999 is a much more effective way of engendering positive change.

Some very smart and articulate students gave comfort that our future might be in better hands than ours.” 


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Making Space 2016 shortlisted entries

The Our Space vote

The panel of judges­the­‐judges 

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