The Deconstruction of Gorbals Cross

The Gorbals today sit on the south bank of the River Clyde and was originally established in the time of medieval Glasgow. The industrial revolution brought many people to work in the uprising industries, but it became heavily overcrowded in the 1900s, and in turn became more and more impoverished – especially post revolution. In 1950, the Gorbals became part of the post war clearance scheme, and much of the once buzzing streets and buildings were demolished, and its dwellers relocated. With this, ‘clean up scheme’ brought high-rise buildings, mass attention to automobiles, and a new city focus on motorways and streets. Casual streets that were once primarily pedestrian social spaces became cold, non-personable places. The Gorbals cross is a prime example of this motor movement of the 20th century, and looks at what has been left behind for the 21st century to work with. This series of animated diagrams study the day to day commute spaces and how they have changed so drastically.


Key Themes: Day-to-day Movement, Infrastructure, Urban Renewal, Urban Deconstruction