When planners at the City of Edinburgh Council were asked to think about how they might mark the centenary of the RTPI, the idea of an exhibition seemed like a good way of capturing public interest and engaging with a large group of staff internally.
The story is told through a series of panels, each of which covers a decade of the last century of the city’s evolution. The predominant themes are drawn out and a key individual for each decade is highlighted –people who have exerted the greatest influence on how the city has been shaped.
The exhibition opened as part of the Edinburgh Doors open Day programme in September 2014 and has moved around various venues across the city over a period of six months.
A series of evening talks was run in association with the exhibition including a planner, a writer and a politician.
Responses from the public have been largely (but not entirely) positive. But they have demonstrated a widespread interest in the planning of the city.
The project has given us something to build on in terms of engaging the public in the next 100 years.