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November 19 2019

Eight-strong shortlist contest FutureTown competition

An eight-strong shortlist has been confirmed for the FutureTown Design Competition, an annual ideas project designed to provoke radical thinking on regeneration.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, supported by Threesixty Architecture, this year’s entries span a variety social good initiatives across different urban areas from retrofitted green space in Dennistoun, Glasgow, to the transformation of Edinburgh’s Castle Terrace into a public space and marketing Crail as ‘The Jewel of the East Neuk’.

Up for contention in the public vote is Living Alloa, a scheme to repurpose a vacant town centre site for intergenerational living, as well as moves to improve the public realm around Crail High Street via an innovative community partnership.

Bigger cities aren’t left out either with the top deck of Edinburgh’s newly listed Castle Terrace car park earmarked as a possible public space by Horner + Maclennan landscape architects while the inner city district of Dennistoun in Glasgow is reappraised as a garden district by John Duffy of the University of Strathclyde.

Inverness doubles its chances for a win with two separate entries; both by Catoe/Brown architecture and landscape studio. The first of these envisages a new network of walkways along the River Ness while the other, in conjunction with UHI Inverness College, looks at transforming the High Street into a public green space.

Also competing for the win is a scheme to put Kirkintilloch on the map with the world’s biggest phone booth and an initiative to help Milngavie capitalise on the West Highland Way with an extension of Page\Park’s recent public realm work.

A deadline for a public vote to decide the winner has been set for 09:00 on 25th November.

A network of walkways could maximise the potential of the riverfront at Inverness
A network of walkways could maximise the potential of the riverfront at Inverness
Dementia-friendly design will be employed at these Alloa homes
Dementia-friendly design will be employed at these Alloa homes

Edinburgh's Castle Terrace Car Park could offer new perspectives on the city
Edinburgh's Castle Terrace Car Park could offer new perspectives on the city
Inverness High Street has been given this green vision
Inverness High Street has been given this green vision

Kirkintilloch is calling for telephone votes
Kirkintilloch is calling for telephone votes
Milngavie hopes to walk off with a win
Milngavie hopes to walk off with a win

New paving and road surfaces will transform Crail High Street
New paving and road surfaces will transform Crail High Street

3 Comments

A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 19 Nov 2019 at 12:10 PM
Kirkintilloch does need some improvement, but a large telephone booth...you can't be serious?!?
Eagle Eye Bobby
#2 Posted by Eagle Eye Bobby on 20 Nov 2019 at 08:47 AM
If this are shortlisted entries, we're doomed. Should people who use Sketch or have no presentation skills at all be in helm of future development? Hell no!

This Glasgow Duke Street's 'whatever this monstrosity is' replaces a beautiful massive tree fallen last year. Can't we have more trees planted instead of this rubbish? Yes, apparently, on the street itself. No problem at all with roots in couple of years.

Please, leave it to professionals and don't make a laugh of yourselves...
classarchitect
#3 Posted by classarchitect on 20 Nov 2019 at 13:08 PM
The idea to make Castle Terrace a public space has legs. Basically put an old concrete car park structure below the Christmas Market rather than the (perfectly safe) temporary scaffold we've all been complaining about recently...

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