Civic Building: A Manifesto for the Productive City
A civic building is one that represents a place of exchange. It must have a connection with its city and its wider resources and invite users from outside of the district. Within the context of the Barras, there is an existing identity within music that provides an opportunity to support these spaces including the BAAD, Barrowland Ballroom, St Lukes, St Augustins. The Calton Area Partnership Profile 2016: revealed the top local issues by the local community are to provide Activities at Community Facilities, A programme of education to aid the social development of young persons and Improving Health and Wellbeing. The SIMD 2020 reveals Calton is 10% most deprived in terms of housing / health position / labour. Degeneration of urban fabric encouraged lack of investment and poor infrastructural links has depopulated area. There has been a poor distribution of resources.
The proposed music creative centre is to become an anchor to the existing music programme and atmosphere of the Barras. There is an opportunity for this community centre to have a social outreach beyond music and provide training programmes, lectures on workplace skills, public speaking to get youth in employment. The district is lacking in a community centre open for 24 hours of the day for the surrounding community. In order to allow the building to become interconnected with its surroundings, there is a ritual to the arrival and experience through the site. What is open, what is enclosed. What is visible and non-visible. There is a change in atmosphere of the place through the day programme, night programme. The façade and circulation works to reveal what is public and private.
Housing Project: A Manifesto for the Productive City
The users of the Post Pandemic City have challenged designers to reconstruct domestic dwellings to suit contemporary living and labour. Users have questioned the social ability of interactive spaces within the home and now require physical connections to people and nature for healthy living. As working users adapt to the digital age, we require a new type of live-work facility that support our mental wellbeing. As labour evolves through time, our buildings require flexibility to ensure reuse is available in the long term. The newly established domestic space is also an opportunity to bring the ambitions of the city into the home. These aspirations of a functioning city in which resources are delegated between districts sustain the networks of diverse communities within the street neighbourhoods it embraces. Jane Jacobs has presented in her work the requirement of these street neighbourhoods to be enriched spaces with mixed programmes and typologies to encourage a multiplicity of users and strengthen their connection with the city. An enriched district with a focus on production rather than consumption presented within the city can become a model for a sustainable working district. The district should be a thriving, colourful, diverse space that promotes productive programmes which will connect it with the city. The successes of a productive district will ensure it sustains its longevity.
Within the proposed scheme, a thriving district with mixed typologies and programmes with an approach to living within high-quality domestic spaces can ensure a thriving district within its labour programmes. This thesis presents the typology of housing within the labour for exchange and labour without exchange typologies.