Research Projects & Awards

Future of the High Streets

Can small-scale changes to the built environment provide meaningful improvement to our high streets?

This project looked at high streets in the Edinburgh areas of Gorgie/Dalry and Dalkeith and worked with residents, business owners and local organisations to make places more attractive as destinations while addressing problems caused by Covid-19 such as social distancing.

Future of the High Street used a mixed methods approach and combined data-driven insights, co-design and rapid prototyping. This involved various qualitative and co-design elements, as well as a working with a range of place specific data. Understanding the challenges for Scottish local high street businesses and residents in the face of Covid-19, and the opportunities to make small changes that will help reinvigorate high streets

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