Housing to 2040 Exhibition Team Announced

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Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and award-winning practice Collective Architecture will deliver a travelling exhibition to support the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future for housing in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has now begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040, and the options and choices to achieve this.

Public Consultation

A formal public consultation on its Housing to 2040 vision and strategy will be launched in the autumn and, to complement this, a travelling exhibition has been commissioned in partnership with Architecture & Design Scotland.

The views collected through consultation and at the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

Looking to the Future

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“We want everyone to have a warm, safe home they can afford in the community they want to live in. That is why we have made significant improvements to the housing system in Scotland, delivering more quality, affordable homes and supporting efficiency and innovation.

“We are now looking to the future and want to go further by ensuring that our housing system is dynamic, resilient enough to respond to changes and can address today’s challenges – from our ageing population to the global climate emergency. We also want to make sure we are delivering more of the right homes in the right places to meet people’s housing needs and aspirations.

“Our Housing to 2040 exhibition will be an exciting opportunity to hear directly from communities and people across the country about what’s important for them. We want to create a shared vision for Housing to 2040 together based on their experiences.

“Housing is also about more than just a place to live. It plays a vital role in creating sustainable, vibrant communities, promoting health and well-being, inspiring local democracy and empowerment. Our ambition is to ensure these elements are together in a shared vision for the future of housing in Scotland.”

Interactive exhibition

Dr Kate Carter, ESALA, said “We are delighted to be working with Collective Architecture and Peak15 to create an interactive exhibition on housing for the people of Scotland. Housing is central to wellbeing and sustainability for communities. The exhibition will explore the role homes will play in creating a sustainable future for Scotland.”


About the travelling exhibition

The Scottish Government is committed to engage widely in a way that is innovative and inclusive.

A portable travelling exhibition will be taken around Scotland to reach out to communities, from urban to rural and island locations, providing a public platform for everyone to engage in the conversations about housing and places of the future.  It will be supported digitally to enable remote engagement.  People of all ages and backgrounds from across Scotland will be able to share their lived experience, and provide their local perspectives about their homes, their communities and their aspirations.

The exhibition will take place during autumn of 2019 to coincide with the launch of the formal consultation of the draft vision and principles, themes and outline options for Housing to 2040.  The curatorial team were appointed following an open tender process, hosted by the Scottish Government’s design agency Architecture and Design Scotland.


For further information please contact:

Architecture and Design Scotland on 0131 556 6699 or email press@ads.org.uk

(Updated July 2019)

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