Edinburgh 2050: Building A Better City

Jul 4, 2018

Take a stroll down Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and look up at the city skyline. Glass-fronted offices rise up above the rooftops; each block capped with a garden of greenery and powered by their own self-sustainable bank of solar panels. These buildings house the Scottish headquarters of some of the world’s most innovative tech companies.

You make your way through the throngs of tourists snapping pictures of the iconic Castle and hail an autonomous electric taxi to silently transport you to the latest big-budget theatre production at the Playhouse. The year is 2050.

Is this the future of the Scottish capital? What do the city’s residents envisage Edinburgh will look like by the mid-point of the 21st century? What would they like to see?

This is the question being asked by 2050 Edinburgh City Vision, who for the past two years have been gathering the views of thousands of residents and stakeholder groups on their visions and hopes for the city under the guise of “My Edinburgh Will”. Some key themes have emerged already.

There are many hoping that Edinburgh continues to grow as one of Europe’s destination cities, becoming a globally connected location and a thriving capital of culture, education and innovation.

Others hope for continued improvements and advancements in the technology industry to attract the biggest companies and retain the best talents, turning Edinburgh into a place to be for independents and global brands alike.

Some suggestions include utilising digital connectivity and the fast-developing transport sector to create a cleaner, better, less-congested and more sustainable city-wide transport network. A faster, more efficient electric-tram system could lead to the pedestrianisation of the city centre, creating a safer place for residents and visitors alike.

Others hope for more greenspace and stronger communities built around open areas for the public, free from the hustle and bustle of working life.


Edinburgh should balance its long and illustrious past with the technologies of the future to create an inclusive city, where everyone has equal access to education, housing and wellbeing opportunities.

Share your vision of the future here.

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