Between Form and Life

The thesis explores the interconnection between patterns of urban form and the creation of livable sustainable urban communities.The background for the investigation is the issues of post-industrial cities – failure of the modernist urban model as well as social isolation and rapid growth of urbanization.In relation to Glasgow, the thesis addresses the issue of frequent cycles of radical changes in urban patterns and a very short cycle of buildings from newly built to demolition.The first part of the exploration establishes the methodology for the creation of sustainable urban neighbourhoods. Special focus is put on the long-lasting continuity of urban form.The second part of the thesis explores ways of integrating larger scale buildings within that established methodology.The aim of the thesis is the explore ways in which the urban form can provide an environment that can adapt to the changing needs of a society where architecture is not a finished product but rather a continuous event.