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Making Space 2016

This project ran throughout 2016, with a retrospective exhibition in March 2017.

Making Space 2016 was an international architecture and design programme, including a young people-led competition and conference, which promoted innovation, creativity and sustainability in design for children and young people aged 0-18.

For the competition, architects and architectural practitioners from across the globe were invited to submit entries showcasing their work.

An awards dinner and two-day conference allowed competition entrants, other professionals, those interested in design, and children and young people themselves, to share their experiences and learn from each other.

A core element of the programme was the inclusion of children and young people, reflecting the diversity of experience across Scotland.

Pupils from St John’s RC Academy in Perth worked with professional architects and mentors from Stone Opera throughout. Ranging in age from P6 to S6, some also sat on the awards judging panel, alongside professional architects and designers, and contributed to the discussions, helping to decide the winners.

Making Space 2106 was part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The project was developed and managed by Children in Scotland in association with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), with support from the Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, the Scottish Futures Trust, and Taylor Wimpey.

For further information contact Lynn Gilmour, Making Space 2016 project manager,

Reflections on Making Space 2016

Ensuring young people had a chance to share their views and input

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