In the academic year of 2013-14 the students of Kingston School of Architecture and Landscape have all had to propose a building situated in UNESCO World Heritage sites. Unit 6 chose Edinburgh as their UNESCO city.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in December 1995. The inscription recognized that the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town are of international importance.
“Edinburgh, capital of Scotland since the fifteenth century, presents the dual face of an old city dominated by a medieval fortress and a new neoclassic city whose development from the eighteenth century onwards exerted a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two highly contrasting historic areas, each containing many buildings of great significance, is what gives the city its unique character.”
- UNESCO Statement of Signifigance