Liam Davies (He/Him/They/Them)
I am an ambitious Architecture Graduate based in Glasgow, Scotland. My passion for the industry began at twelve years old with my determination growing more every year till now, spurred on by my interests in design, ecology and social design. I have a belief that an architects and designers should thrive to make the social landscape they work within a better place than before they began by harnessing their unique creative talents. A sentiment I live by.
The Weir’d New Clyde
Many Post-industrial cities have taken it upon themselves to revive their once key industrial rivers. However, Glasgow has yet to do this effectively despite the river Clyde being an integral part of its history. Once, one of the most important river-ways in the world, it is now left forgotten and unconsidered, taken away from the city and human scale. By looking at the potential the river holds for a modern city, Glasgow could successfully take back a huge part of its landscape.
This can be framed in the view of the ethical city, which can then be further defined into four categories.
Looking at its social interaction with the city and how to use it to connect the different sides, East, West, North and South will help bring the city closer together around a key piece of infrastructure.
The ecological possibilities are also important in modern cities and questioning what can be done to bring life back into what has become a barren man-made expanse of water. Where can ecology and the human realm overlap to create a beneficial experience for both, without hindering one another?
Exploring how the technical implications of the river’s natural resources could allow for it to not only be recreational but also a functional power generation which could help Glasgow feedback into making it a more self-sufficient city that can get closer to the goals of being carbon neutral.
Finally, how can the river be effectively regenerated? Not simply by stripping away the riverside for expanses of flat concrete but by using educated typology to create an engaging landscape rather than just a patchwork of unconnected interventions.
By factoring all these in, this thesis aims to address the issues while proposing a new infrastructure for the river Clyde, one that connects back into the city and gives back the river’s identity. Even if that means taking a ribbon of infrastructure right through the middle of the river.
The key to developing the thesis was to understand the Clyde and its history within the city. Having a Deep routed connection to the city through its industrial importance, it is slowly fading away within the modern city. By looking at its development over the past three centuries one we can see how much it has been changed and the potential to start changing again to become important withing the city yet again.
Years of the Clyde
City Urban Diagram
Projects of Influence
ETHICAL CRITERIA OF THESIS DESIGN
THREE CHOSEN SITES
The three sites chosen are Anderson Quay, Broomielaw and Clyde St. for various qualities they held that provide opportunities to engage with the river.