Urban planning exhibitions have proven to be phenomenal in reflecting the future of towns and cities over the past decades. These events are generally open to the general public, inviting creative ideas from everyone, even from those not belonging to the urban development backgrounds.
This blog has compiled the outcomes of the most recent urban planning exhibition held in Scotland this year!
The Historical Importance of Urban Planning Exhibitions
Urban planning exhibitions aren’t new. They’ve played a significant role in history in carving the architecture for towns and cities today. Many events are noticeable in history.
Patrick Geddes showed his town planning for cities for the first time in a 1910’s London conference. It’s considered a milestone in urban planning history as it got popular across countries, and many renowned architects admired the exhibition.
Similarly, the world expos featured in the 19th century showcased an urban planning model considering developments in construction and technology.
The New Urban Exhibition — What If…? /Scotland
This year, Scottish people took the reins of imagination in their hands to visualize the future of their community homes in a post-pandemic world. The show was called ‘What If…?/Scotland’ and opened at V&A Dundee in May.
People across Edinburg, Annan, Paisley, Lerwick, and Elgin came forward to share their wishes and dreams about the future of towns and cities worldwide. The idea behind this exhibition was to gather creative ideas from people and later work on them with designers and architects. The Scots await a positive change in their communities after the infliction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emerging Planning Ideas
The urban planning show was successful in garnering novel ideas from people across Scotland. The most prominent of all was the idea to cultivate a greener and more inclusive neighborhood. The people yearn to enjoy close relationships in an environment supportive of the planet’s sustainability and their physical & mental health.
Other ideas include constructing more art facilities like museums, music studios, etc., new bridges, building designs that empower disabled people, and revival of old industrial buildings.
The exhibition was initially planned to take place in Venice in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition. However, it was organized in collaboration with both Venice and Scotland.
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