Urban Building – Thornwood Community Market
An urban building that will look to tackle issues of food insecurity, and provide education around health and well-being, in the setting of a community market and community kitchen which uses food and cooking as a tool to bring people together.
Food Insecurity, Health, and Well-being
Food insecurity in and around Glasgow has steadily increased over the past 10 years. This refers to the lack of access to enough food, caused by factors such as poverty, unemployment, and a shortage of affordable, nutritious foods. This has a knock-on effect on the general health of Scotland which has continued to decline in this same period. Having a poor diet can lead to issues such as heart disease, mental health issues and a reduced life expectancy.
Intervention and Support
The short-term intervention of this proposal is to offer high-quality food supplies in a community supermarket through a dignified approach along with nutritious meals prepared in a community kitchen which up-cycles donated food. It is essential not to feed into the existing issues by creating an environment where this intervention becomes a reliance. To respond to this, the ultimate goal is to use this support as an initial point of contact to then take forward into providing education and resources that can offer a route out of the situation in which people find themselves.
Urban Housing – Crathie Drive, Thornwood
Housing that aims to explore ways in which it can be adapted to promote occupier ownership and express individual identity. This has been focused on using three key components.
Showcasing the organic outcome of life inside each dwelling, resulting in an engaging and active frontage that faces the street.
The stepped levels form sheltered, intimate, and generous circulation spaces that offer neutral areas of interaction between neighbours. This faces out directly into the garden which helps to encourage a sense of security and ownership. Voids in the deck also create thresholds of privacy at individual entrances while also helping to connect residents vertically.
Careful consideration of the areas existing identity by choosing a similar colour palette that reflects the most visible materials throughout Thornwood and bringing them together into one scheme.