Situated Approaches to Urban Regeneration
All across Glasgow’s post-industrial landscape, vital structures of the past are decaying and new ecologies are flourishing. Existing at the intersection of dereliction and deprivation, the regenerative potential of these landscapes is left underexplored in the face of widespread development pressures. Echoing Bruno Latour’s call for generating alternative relationships of dependency and care with the Earth as a response to the new climatic regime, my thesis pursues situated approaches to urban regeneration fuelled by a heightened sensorial engagament with the environment and a strengthened social interdependence amongst diverse communities.
Taking a route connecting the River Clyde and Bellahouston Park situated in Govan, one of the most deprived and historically rich areas of Glasgow, my thesis proposal begins with Govan Imaginaries, derived from historic and current readings of three sites. Introducing new buildings as well as infrastructural interventions, the proposals aim to work with the existing environmental qualities of the sites relating to
movement, pollution and materiality to trigger a simultaneous regeneration of landscapes and people.
To support the existing activities of communities based in Govan such as the Govan Folk University and the Showpeople and to introduce new channels of building identity for disadvantaged and unoccupied inhabitants of the area, a community base in Water Row, the river edge of the route, is explored in greater detail as a place of gathering, recording and reflection. Anchoring an indeterministic urban regeneration proposal, the Water Row base becomes the architectural manifestation of both programmatic and technological explorations carried out through the thesis, bringing together thatched roof and hempcrete wall construction within a layered structural framework which can be inhabited at all times.