The Barras – the background
Investigating, researching and analysing the chosen district of Calton in which the Barras lies. Providing the foundations and framework for ideas and decisions made throughout the projects.
The Barras – closing the circle
Closing the Circle – aiming to fill in what is missing in the area by tacking the issues of the lack of employment and educational facilities in the area.
Proposals for a construction hub providing a place to learn, teach and develop skills.
Closing the Circle – recycling, reusing, repairing and redistributing items and materials that are otherwise discarded as waste products.
Closing the Circle – in which the skills learnt and developed on site can be returned and applied both within the site and outwith the site. Creating a community that works and lives together developing and investing in where they live. Encouraging construction as a livelihood too.
The Barras – a past and future
A shift in how we produce, build and consume is needed. Today each Briton throws away about 3.1kg of textiles every year, with more than 30% of clothing ending up in landfill. The fashion industry accounts for 10% of annual global carbon emissions.
A proposal for a modern day “Steamie”
The proposal aims to celebrate the rich culture and history of the area, throughout the building – of the Bath and Wash House culture in Glasgow in which one of the first baths in Glasgow was located on London Road.
As well as the crucial role that textiles played in the development of the Calton area, with its roots as a weaving village. Incorporating the philosophys of the historical institution of the public washhouse; a place of sociable act, of community interaction and socialisation for all. Whilst aiming to create a circular textile line, celebrating ‘trash’ as a resource. Where the materials come from public donation of textiles. The varying processes of washing, dyeing and drying, recycling, repairing and reusing, production and consumption are all interwoven.
This project proposes a new civic institution, for the repair and reuse of clothes. encouraging ethical consumption while providing training and opportunities for local people, redefining what we think of as ‘production’.