Scotland’s Urban AGE 2022 calls on businesses and all levels of government to collaborate to ensure the AGE cities (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh) overcome the challenges they face in this period of rapid and profound change.
An academic study of the AGE cities has found that the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and Brexit have combined to create a potentially “toxic” cocktail of change for urban Scotland.
To ensure our AGE cities can bounce back from recent shocks to the system and thrive in the century of the city, the following seven recommendations were made.
Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at the Glasgow School of Art and an advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, led the research team. He said that Scotland needs the AGE city regions “at the top of their game” if it is to remain globally competitive. “Cities need to be dynamic, or they decline,” he warns.
The project - commissioned by Brodies LLP, Anderson Anderson & Brown and Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce – is a sequel to a 2018 report and outlines what has changed (and what has not) in light of the pandemic and the accelerating net zero carbon agenda.