Situated Approaches to Urban Regeneration

All across Glasgow’s post-industrial landscape, vital structures of the past are decaying and new ecologies are flourishing. Existing at the intersection of dereliction and deprivation, these landscapes are deemed invaluable through widespread development pressures. My thesis investigates situated approaches to urban regeneration fuelled by a heightened sensory engagement with the environment and a strengthened social interdependence to generate systems of care which can replace existing exploitative frameworks for urban development.

Taking a route connecting the River Clyde and Bellahouston Park situated in Govan, one of the most deprived and historically rich areas of Glasgow, the thesis proposal consists of a combination of buildings and infrastructural interventions aiming to amplify existing environmental qualities of three sites through disparate yet interlinked programs derived from historic and current readings of the neighbourhood.

To support the existing activities of diverse communities located in Govan and to anchor an indeterministic and ever-evolving regeneration proposal, a community base is proposed and explored in greater detail in Water Row, the river edge of the route. Bringing together three programmes – kitchen, radio and forum – the building acts a space of recording, reflection and conversation which can structurally adapt to the changing needs of its users and environment.