During their period of research, the Unit One collective found that Aberdeen has a driven economy which has been built through the Oil and Gas sector, Tourism and the Food and Drink sector. In addition to this, the collective also found areas where the city needs improvement - better social housing that promotes a healthy lifestyle, a lack of connection between the waterfront and the city centre and a lack of defences to protect the waterfront as sea levels rise.

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As a response to the key areas that need improved, the collective developed ten points that state what Aberdeen needs. These points come together to support four overarching themes: Healthy City, Adaptability, The Edge and Opportunities. This section will explore each of the overarching themes and explain how the collective has applied each point within the Living Edge masterplan.