Building a Modern Scotland: The New Towns, 1947–76

Building a Modern Scotland: The New Towns, 1947–76

Join us for a talk exploring the new towns of Scotland with Dr Alistair Fair

Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Online & in-person at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Cost: £6 / £2 for students
Booking: In-person and online tickets can be purchased here on Eventbrite

Between the late 1940s and the early 1970s, six new towns were begun across Scotland. Inspired by the ideals of the earlier Garden City Movement, the new towns were intended to offer new housing, employment and leisure opportunities – not least to those moving from overcrowded conditions in Glasgow. For policymakers, they reflected an ambition to build a new Scotland; for architects and designers, they were an opportunity to create new kinds of urban environments. In this talk, Dr Alistair Fair surveys what was planned, some of the key buildings, and what happened subsequently.

Download the full programme of lectures here


image: Irvine New Town Plan 1971 ©