“Not for Free” Islands

This ‘Emmental map’ of Glasgow shows areas within the city, where people don’t have any access to free cultural or community institutions by using free transport (cycling and walking).

By mapping out all the public libraries in blue, all the free museums and galleries in red, and all the community centres in yellow and drawing a 1km radius around them we have identified communities, which they serve completely for free. (According to the ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Planning and Urban Development – Vienna Manual’ 1km is the maximum distance people will travel willingly by foot or on a bike regularly.)

However, the rest of the Glasgow that is left behind when these areas are subtracted from the map shows the “free culture and community activity deserts”.


Key Themes: social infrastructure, transport, cultural and community institutions