Serene Nemer (she/her)
The Barras Cross Cultural Exchange
It can be argued that we are living in an increasingly cellular society. With domestic and productive life progressively merging, as well as many experiences being at our fingertips digitally, there is a greater emphasis needed on communal spaces.
“Food can be an act of solidarity. It can be used to explore the social relationships and the places where we live…” Rumpus Room article, December 2020
The thesis centres around the notion of shared culture. It considers the changing demographics within the Calton and Bridgeton areas of Glasgow and wider – within Scotland. It takes the idea of food being an act of solidarity as well as the social and educational theme of cultural buildings and expand that into a hybrid civic building with a multifaceted programme by incorporating the different elements of culture.
In doing so it hopes to work on an individual scale connecting people through food, craft, literature, movement and language. As well as on the city scale reconnecting The Barras to the wider city.
Through smaller and larger scale collective experiences, the architecture of The Barras Cross Cultural Exchange aims to provide people with the opportunity for reflection and connection through a shared understanding of cultures.