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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 is Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Throughout this important year, Scottish Natural Heritage will be celebrating nature's very own innovators and architects, as well as highlighting, amongst other things, how human interventions can help nature to thrive.

We kicked this themed year off focussing on swifts and how we can help by incorporating safe nesting sites such as swift bricks into new building designs and retro-fitting to existing buildings. Furthermore we will be running a free Sharing Good Practice event at Battleby on this topic in May. The day event would be of value to architects, planners, builders and members of the public; for more information contact

We will continue to update this page as the year goes on.  We would also like YOUR help to keep celebrating this year. Do you have any stories or fascinating facts? How have nature's designs influenced humans, and likewise how have human innovations helped nature? How do the buildings we work in accommodate or adapt to nature? How have plants and insects influenced how we build and design - e.g. spiders' webs, birds' nests and honeycomb? If you have any stories, information, events or ideas please contact

For more information on the themed year visit Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, or watch this fascinating little video   that highlights just some of the moments of genius from Scotland. 

Last updated on Wednesday 17th February 2016 at 12:03 PM. Click here to comment on this page