Present Voices – Future Lives: Housing to 2040 exhibition

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Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.

We’re here to explore the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

By listening to voices from across the country and across generations, we’re building a picture of a housing system that can evolve and adapt to the challenges that tomorrow brings, from an ageing population to the climate emergency.

About the Exhibition

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

The travelling exhibition is curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish practice Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday. Accompanying the exhibition are facilitated workshop sessions, designed to hear from a range of voices.

The views collected through the consultation and 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.

2020 Exhibition Dates

The exhibition will visit the Engine Shed, Stirling, on Wednesday 29 January, and will be open to the public between 13:00 and 16:00.

It will then travel to The Lighthouse in Glasgow and will be open to the public between Saturday 1st – Friday 7th February 2020.
Please note that the exhibition will open at 13:00 on Saturday 1 February and close at 15:30 on Friday 7th. 

2019 Exhibition Locations

The exhibition tour for 2019 is now over – here is a list of venues that we visited in 2019. The exhibition consisted of closed workshops (with children and young people) and an open exhibition/evening event across Scotland.


Date Location Venue Opening times
4 Nov Inverness Inverness Royal Academy 18:00-20:00
6 Nov Ullapool Ullapool High School 18:00-20:00
13 Nov Kirkwall Kirkwall & St. Ola Town Hall 18:00-20:00
20 Nov Fort William The Nevis Centre 14:30-16:30


22 Nov Dundee Baxter Park Pavilion 18:00-20:00
25 Nov Peterhead Peterhead Academy 18:00-20:00
28 Nov Irvine Irvine Royal Academy 16:30-18:30
29 Nov Glasgow St. Francis Community Hall 16:30-18:30
3 Dec Portree Portree High School 16:30-18:30
5 Dec Rothesay Rothesay Joint Campus 16:30-18:30
11-12 Dec Edinburgh Castlebrae Community High School 16:30-18:30
16 Dec Galashiels Focus Community Centre  



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