Contribute your ideas at touring housing exhibition

Present Voices - Future Lives graphic
Alan Robertson

An interactive housing exhibition will tour Scotland this November and December gathering views from local communities on housing for today, tomorrow and beyond.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.

To inform this work the Present Voices – Future Lives exhibition, commissioned by the Scottish Government with the support of Architecture and Design Scotland, will visit 12 locations across the country, including rural and island venues with the first event taking place in Inverness on 4 November. 

The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

The travelling exhibition is curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish practice Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday. Facilitated workshop sessions will accompany the exhibition.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

"Housing has a vital role to play in meeting many of our aspirations for Scotland, including eradicating child poverty and homelessness, ending fuel poverty and tackling the climate emergency.

"Now is the time for us to come together to shape a resilient housing system which works for us all, and addresses these challenges. To do that, we need to work with and listen to people from all areas of Scotland.

"This exhibition is an opportunity to get the views of school children and local communities across the country on the future of housing. I look forward to hearing directly from people about what’s important for them and future generations, so that we can create a shared vision and a plan for 2040 that will stand the test of time."

If you can’t make it to one of the exhibitions you can still make your voice heard by:

  • Discussing Housing 2040 with friends, family or in your communities/workplace or on twitter using the hashtag #Housing2040
  • Email your thoughts and ideas to (please note they won’t be able to respond to each email individually)

For more information on Housing 2040 visit the Scottish Government website.

Touring Venues and Schedule




Opening times

4 November


Inverness Royal Academy


6 November


Ullapool High School


13 November

Kirkwall Orkney

Kirkwall & St. Ola Town Hall


20 November

Fort William

The Nevis Centre



22 November


Baxter Park Pavilion


25 November


Peterhead Academy


28 November


Irvine Royal Academy


29 November


St. Francis Community Hall


3 December


Portree High School


5 December


Rothesay Joint Campus


11-12 December


Castlebrae Community High School


16 December


Galashiels Academy