Adam Cowan (He/Him)
I have recently finished my 4th year at MSA, a year which offered great challenges and opportunities to develop my architectural skills, adapting the ways I think and design to strategically tackle larger problems, led by a thesis.
My practice is underpinned by a passion for sustainability, technology and a desire to enrich communities and society. My drawing, digital and design skills combine with a research driven, innovative approach to produce comprehensive, thoughtful designs highly specific to the needs of their location.
Please feel free to connect via my LinkedIn, Instragram or email!
Barras Materials Bank
The brief was to deliver a civic building meaningful to its local context and the wider city.
My research has led me to design a ‘materials bank’ for the Barras (and broader Calton/Glasgow area) which facilitates the recycling and processing of materials, and offers educational opportunities for specialist skills, sustainable living and materials in a circular economy.
Facilitating a local materials economy and giving a platform for making skills and environmental awareness to grow should lead to a more socially cohesive and empowered body of citizens who understand and control their relationship to materials and objects, to their own and the community’s advantage.
The programme includes spaces for storage and distribution, a large flexible hall, teaching spaces, workshops and a materials library, interconnected by different outdoor squares and supporting spaces.
The full thesis statement is included as the bottom image. Please feel welcome to find my links and contact details on my profile, and get in touch.
“If humankind could somehow perceive this connection to materials, to the collective consumption and the earth it impoverishes, it would be a leap in our social evolution, in building an awareness that everyone must somehow become better stewards of the future.” – Studio Drift, in reference to their work ‘materialism’.