engaging communities

Biggar Town Centre Workshop 30 August 2011Beautiful as they may be, the true meaning of special places comes from human experience, interpretation and understanding. Therefore the communities’ sensibilities ought to be reflected in the planning, design and management of old and new places.

We don’t ask communities to design. Rather, through careful facilitation, they provide their knowledge and inform our brief – they are the experts on their locality. We then continue the dialogue of ideas and options to reaching a desirable and deliverable outcome.

The plan-making process can take months, but place-making takes years – that is why it is important to engage with a range of participants of different ages and perspectives. To do this we use a wide range of tools to involve communities and ensure that the delivery agencies are part of that process.

Empowering a community to accept and guide change is a privileged, yet crucial role, for adapting positively to circumstances is one of the key ingredients of successful communities.

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.