WORKSHOP ON WATER: REMEDIATING VACANT LANDSCAPES

Here you can have a look a the other publication which talks about methods of regeneration of vacant land

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The previous “Atlas of Vacancy” introduces the problem of  incredible amount of derelict and vacant land scattered around Glasgow. This problem results in many issues: such as health decile, safety, poverty and crime.

At the moment Glasgow City Council has introduced the plan which allows communities to get a small amount of money to develop the eyesore land bits around their neighbourhoods into gardens, playgrounds or art spaces. However, talking from our experience, for the person who is not experienced in such ‘business’ and paperwork, the process of getting the land, funding and tools will seem too complicated.

Our role is to act as a mediating agent and ease the process of temporary occupation. During the first semester we aimed to create toolkits and a  database which would allow people to see the derelict spaces, existing similar projects and cheap or free of charge materials at one glance. During the next half a year  we are using this database for our design purposes. This semester we were in search of affordable production and workspaces which would allow people to remain in the city and start or continue their activities here. We created the school which offers experimental design techniques in order to inhabit vacant landscapes. However, temporary architecture we offer is a temporary solution and testing ground for permanent projects.

The magazine has 5 topics.
1.The first  one gives a glance for the reader to our proposal.
2.The second one explains why we are introducing temporariness as a solution.
3.The third chapter introduces the reader to the research and analysis of the specific site we are indicating as a starting point of the project.
4. The 4th chapter  focuses on the design techniques and methodologies .
5. The last paragraph presents our view how we see the project working within the wider city infrastructure and cultural/business framework . As well as it presents our expectations in terms of project development.

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