Structures of Self Estrangement
This project concerns alienation in Glasgow and attempts to address that through education specifically tailored to helping people find their passions.
This Project is heavily influenced by Jimmy
Reid’s 1972 speech which identified the potential
to combat the evermore pernicious issue of
alienation in society by rethinking our concept of
education. Proposing that through helping people
determine and explore passions and thus help to
find purpose in their lives. This project asks what
would that architecture be like and how could it
be effectively applied specifically to Glasgow’s
context? With a vast industrial infrastructure
remaining across the city in the form of disused
railway lines, buildings in disrepair, and gaps in
the urban grid, an opportunity arises. A problem
as deep rooted as alienation on a city-wide scale
requires several interventions to effectively combat
the issue. This proposal consists of 4 architectural
types of various scales dotted around the city
using these existing structures to help facilitate
the user to discover their passion.
1 - To Instigate - A small scale intervention in
everyday spaces that helps to capture those who
are alienated get the ball rolling,
2 - To Explore - A large variety learning centre
based around the 8 methods of learning a flexible
space with to try new things and expose those
alienated to these things
3 - To Contemplate - Reviving the disused railway
line links to encourage the creative process.
4 - To Implement - Tailoring various disused
structures for specific purposes or trades.