The built environment includes all manmade surroundings; for example buildings, parks, public spaces. It also includes the supporting infrastructure of transport networks, water supply and energy that allow day-to-day life and work.

Edinburgh is famous for its historical landmarks, buildings and beautiful architecture. The Old and New towns of Edinburgh were awarded World Heritage status in 1995 by UNESCO, recognising that the unique character of Edinburgh was an invaluable part of the shared heritage of humanity. But Edinburgh also includes the most densely populated areas in Scotland.

Edinburgh faces a number of challenges to preserving our invaluable heritage, while enabling the city to grow and adapting to the needs of future generations. Pressure from population and business growth need to be acknowledged and accommodated if Edinburgh is to remain a living city. Technological and social change have the potential to enhance the city, as they did two hundred years ago when the ambitious New Town was created.


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  • What is great about Edinburgh’s built environment?
  • What challenges does Edinburgh face in regards to maintaining or improving its built environment?
  • What should the built environment in Edinburgh be like in 2050?

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