The Causey: transforming a place

The Causey

Slideshow above: In 2007 we transformed the street for three days in an award-winning event. Inspired by this we held Ideas Workshops for our community to explore the area's history, examine the present road junction, and work together to imagine a better place.


The Causey is a historic space in the busy University quarter at the heart of the southside of Edinburgh's city centre. At the moment it's a traffic island, and cars have taken over — but could it become a place full of life and people, buzzing with activity?

Following on from the successful temporary project that was part of the SIX CITIES Design Festival in May 2007, The Causey Development Trust (CDT) is working to permanently transform the public space at West Crosscauseway into a vibrant place for people that reflects the excitement and enthusiasm generated by its temporary transformation to a tropical island in 2007.

The Causey Development Trust is a local community organisation led by a steering group of volunteers, that grew out of the temporary 2007 event. CDT engages with local people, works with professionals and partner organisations, considers the past, tries to understand the present and imagines the future of the place if it is freed from cars, re-designed and reclaimed for people and encourages safer walking and cycling.

Currently, CDT is working with architects, transport engineers and City of Edinburgh Council to gather information and views about the movement of traffic in West Crosscauseway with a view to preparing an application for planning permission.

CDT is grateful for all the support and encouragement received from other community organisations and funders since 2007.