(Re)Generation of Haghill
This project aims to take action against issues of social isolation and ageism by proposing a community village that will raise a new generation of elderly citizens in the heart of Haghill, Glasgow.
The masterplan strategy aims to connect, protect and reset the ambitions of local elderly citizens. The interventions support elderly and carers from the early stages of dementia to the later stages. This is achieved through a series of different scale interventions involving inclusive design features that support dementia such as familiarity, way finding and transparency.
The interventions are designed to support local and city wide activity. The largest building is located in the centre of the site and its programme provides a sense of worth, the medium interventions provide a sense of support and the small interventions provide a sense of place within the existing community.
The smallest intervention is a wayfinding bench that can be adapted to any part of the city to support an elderly person on their daily journey. The medium interventions act as 'safe wings' located within the vacant gap sites of the tenement blocks. A 5 minute city intervention means residents can drop in at any time for professional, individual or neighbourly support. The safe wings act as a gateway to the larger hub by providing each individual a chance to build confidence before joining a larger social programme at the main tower building, the anti-ageing hub. The hub also offers connections to the wider city by providing the opportunity for business ventures, start up offices and volunteer work for elderly and carers who want to adapt a more ambitious lifestyle and give back to their community.