Applications open for the FutureTown Design Competition 2018

News story posted: 28/06/2018

Scottish towns are invited to get creative and enter the FutureTown Design Competition.


Now in its fourth year, the competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future.


Organised by national agency for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entries gain significant media attention for their local communities, while representatives of the winning design are invited to present their idea at a high-profile event with town and policy stakeholders.

Since its inception the competition has received a rich variety of innovative yet practical ideas promoting positive change in areas such as the local environment, the public realm and accessibility, low carbon and sustainable living, digital technologies and tourism, arts and culture, history and heritage, and health and well-being.


Last year’s winners Paisley Community Trust captured public attention with their ‘Baker Street’ proposal for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley town centre. This would include a community-led performing arts and film theatre and a Performance Academy.


With no formal application to fill out, entering the competition is straightforward. Individuals or organisations can send a visual representation of their town or idea (such as a photograph or sketch) and a short written description to Scotland’s Towns Partnership, at: ewan@scotlandstowns.org. Applications close on Wednesday 31 October 2018 with voting held during Scotland’s Towns Week, November 2018.


Scotland’s Towns Partnership advises that entries can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within the town. Whether a building redevelopment, cultural initiative, transport feature, digital service, unique bin design, or a new use for existing public or vacant space…entrants are encouraged to think outside the box!


For more information, please visit: https://www.scotlandstowns.org/future_town_design_comp_2018

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