A national design competition inviting people to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood is being launched today.

Now in its fifth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future.

Organised by national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership in partnership with Threesixty Architecture, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entrants gain significant online profile for their ideas and local place, as well as potential additional media coverage. Representatives of the winning design are invited to present their idea to a high-profile event with town and policy stakeholders.

Since its inception the competition has received 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 #TeamHamish will launch the 2019 competition at the Scotland's Towns Annual Tea Party in Edinburgh today (Wednesday 19th). #TeamHamish captured public imagination in the 2018 competition with their holistic ‘Vision for Nairn’. This included a focus on both the Links area and the town centre carpark, including the renovation of the Viewfield House and grounds as an alternative attraction during inclement weather.

With no formal application to fill out, entering the competition is straightforward. Individuals or organisations can send a visual representation of their town or idea (such as a photograph or sketch) and a short written description to Scotland’s Towns Partnership, at: [email protected] Applications close on Thursday 31 October 2019 with voting held during Scotland’s Towns Week, 18th – 24th November 2019. Full information can be found on the organisation’s website.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership advises that entries can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within the town. Whether a building redevelopment, cultural initiative, transport feature, digital service, unique bin design, or a new use for existing public or vacant space…entrants are encouraged to think outside the box!

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, stated:

“This competition is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations to test and showcase their ideas for their town or community on a national stage. I’d strongly encourage anyone with a vision for their place to submit their ideas, no matter at what stage of development.

Now in its fifth year, this competition continues to highlight how much grassroots creativity and potential exists for initiatives that contribute to wellbeing, inclusion, prosperity and environmental sustainability in our towns and city districts.

In the face of demographic, technological and economic change, communities are able to showcase forward-thinking ideas and projects which point to how our town centres can be thriving places to live, work and socialise in for many years to come”. 

Alan Anthony, Managing Director of Threesixty Architecture, said:

"Threesixty Architecture are passionate about making places better and are focussed on town centre regeneration. We are delighted to support this year’s FutureTown Design Competition and look forward to receiving a variety of inspiring ideas for the country’s towns and city neighbourhoods. We wish all of this year’s entrants the best of luck!"

Samuel Hey, of 2019 competition winners Team Hamish, said:

“We were absolutely delighted and honoured to win the FutureTown Design Competition with our ideas for #TeamHamish. This is particularly touching, as we were chosen by public vote, and this has crystallised our determination to move forward with confidence and deliver Our Vision for Nairn for the benefit of its Community and visitors.”.

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