Glasgow has a dark past associated with the transatlantic slave trade. Amid the rise of worldwide social movements fighting against racism, can architecture, manifesting as a physical presence in Glasgow to acknowledge its historical ties to the transatlantic slave trade and represent these realities as an integral part of the city͛s history, help in bringing reconciliation to its diverse and multicultural society͍?
The concept of terrain vague provides an alternative perspective to view derelict lands as plac-es of freedom in the city, away from the city͛s constant changes, due to its lack of productivi-ty and ambiguous nature. Can terrain vague, remaining as a void in the city, manifest as a place for contemplation to remember and memorialise an essential layer of the city͛s memories͍?
This thesis responds to these Ƌuestions by proposing a journey to travel into an abandoned rail-way tunnel underneath the aŋuent streets of Glasgow͛s test End, to view the city from anoth-er perspective, revealing and memorialinjing Glasgow͛s dark past and its legacy on modern society.
The tunnel is designed as an experiential museum and memorial to create a linear experience travelling through the dark, evoking the memories of the city. Three demolished railway stations along the railway line are rebuilt as ghosts and serve as entrances into the tunnel. /ntervention to the surface along Great testern Zoad are designed to enrich the narrative and relieve the relentlessness of the tunnel. oth ends of the tunnel are inte-grated into the existing <elvin talkway to form a loop, allowing the story to continue through the landscape.
“Without slavery Glasgow wouldn’t exist.” – The Herald