Glasgow Atlas of Vacancy

Our thesis year comes to the end. During this year we have been working hard on two publications which talk about Glasgow vacant and derelict land and exploring its potential. Have a look to the first part:



Berlin urbanists understand vacant sites as a wealth, the training ground and experimental zone for the future city.

Glasgow has twice as much D&V land as the whole Scotland together. 42% of derelict land is in deprived zones. Deprivation is the highest in Glasgow among all Scottish cities. It came together with sudden deindustrialization and closure of the factories which were the main source of jobs.

Municipal has set the goal to treat and release the development potential  of at least 100 ha of vacant land every year employing innovative approaches, such as setting up programmes and funding to support community and individual initiatives towards vacant and derelict land use.

We see temporary use as an integrative part of urban planning. D&V land laying underused for many years could become the test bed or play space for young people, communities or  address environmental issues: such as reduce air or land pollution, deal with flood risk management or become a place for solar energy.

Also many creative minds, living in a world of commercialism and profit, are trying nevertheless , to create spaces that reflects and nurture their vision  of the future.

Derelict and vacant land is also a concern for property owners. The undiscovered district, the dead end on the urban landscape, the blind spot in public perception might all in fact be set in motion, brought to the light of day by (temporary) use.

Open spaces create barriers between neighborhoods. Reintegrating such spaces in the city, creating paths between them, reconnecting disparate urban spaces is something that projects by creative urban mileus can actively promote.

We believe in experimentation and searching for new forms of reanimating and appropriating spaces.

This is the first journal of two which looks at the problem, scale and scope in relation to D&V land location. In the next journal the systematic design approach is introduced whch seeks to create social corridors through temporary use.

Second part of the book concentrates on 5 priority zones for reuse of D&V land. Sites marked as a D&V are taken and analyzed separately in order to measure their potential.


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