Glasgow’s Eden: A Garden and Seed Bank in an Age of Climate Disruption
DIPLOMA PROJECT / The proposal consists of a greenhouse and garden complex in the Govan graving docks that acts as a safe haven for plant species under threat of extinction. It aims to highlight the environmental legacy of the site: from conservation of, among others, threatened species that were local to the river Clyde, before the site turned into the manmade landscape of the docks; to leaving the rewilded riverfront undisturbed, which is itself a delicate ecosystem.
Scotland can expect more extreme temperatures and levels of humidity. Having growing spaces in a variety of microclimates is key in ensuring the survival of species, as they are sites for the testing and developing of genetic variants that can adapt to new climates. To ensure that these variants are provided for future generations, a series of internal spaces are dedicated to preparing extracted seeds for cold storage, in a seed bank within one of the docks. By-products from this process, mainly fruits, plant bodies and seeds not viable for storage, are available to the public in a market. The prime objective of ecological conservation can thus be combined with benefitting a local community marked by issues of deprivation and public health. Providing a local food source is also in the interest of ecology as the land conversion that comes with global networks of food production threatens the very biodiversity this proposed facility deals with.