Scotland’s Towns Partnership invites you to take part in the fourth annual FutureTown Design Competition to gain media profile for your town and a keynote slot at one of our national events to present your idea to an audience of town and policy stakeholders! The Scotsman newspaper is our media partner once again for the competition.

Now in its fourth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. The winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. 

Since its inception the FTDC has showcased 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 proposal for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley town centre. A full montage of shortlisted entries for 2017 is available here


How to Enter

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Scotland's Towns Partnership will shortlist entries, and then the winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland's Towns Week, November 2018 (date TBC).

There is no application form for this competition. However, entries should include a visual representation(s) of your town or idea (photograph, sketch, graphic design, or illustrative image etc), as well as a short written description. Please note, that applications should be no more than two A4 pages, or one A3 page. 

Please see past competitions for ideas that could inspire your application from previous competitions. Previous entries have included:

  • Image,
  • Sketch,
  • Photograph,
  • Other visual design,
  • Poem
  • Other written idea for a space in your town centre.

Applications can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within your town. Whether a unique bin design, building redevelopment, cultural initiative, transport feature, digital deployment, or a new use for existing public or vacant space…feel free to think outside of the box!

Applications can be sent to:

The FutureTown Design Competition, part of Scotland’s Towns Week, is aimed at stimulating conversations and provoking ideas and new approaches to highlight what a possible future town could look like.

We all used to live in town centres, why can't we live there again? How can town centres stimulate low carbon and sustainable living; encourage digital and enterprise promoted tourism; culture, health and well-being; deliver connectivity and economic growth and ultimately become places of opportunity and choice for all?

Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns