Project description

Glasgow Roots - Rooting, Growing, Thriving Communities in Glasgow


Glasgow is characterised by its deeply rooted industrial history which, through industrialisation and deindustrialisation, caused citizens displacements and uneven urban development. Its urban area is now peppered with plots of abandoned land which sometimes hold a dystopian aura of affliction, sometimes show a naturally regenerated habitat, and all together amount to 1100ha, roughly 11km2. Glasgow Roots focuses on tackling local and global issues through holistic placemaking. The site taken into consideration is a cluster of derelict land in neighbourhoods in the north of Glasgow, between Lambhill and Port Dundas. The primary intention of this design project is to activate underused land and reverse the anthropogenic damage caused by (de)industrialisation by creating a model that allows actors from all the kingdom of living species to safely coexist and thrive. This model, which could be used in other clusters of derelict land in the city, would let the now self-contained urban environment transform through the encounter with other living beings and through collaboration both within and across species.This proposal wants to start a transformative transition of the ruins of past developments into a regenerative network of retrofitted landscapes where dynamic interactions, multi-species and patchy habitats trump the alienation and disconnection caused by abandonment, un-bridled growth, and simplification. Different uses of the landscape and different habitats will lead to a post-carbon society and create an urban polyphony of living beings rooted in working landscape which are ecologically, socially and economically connected at all layers.

Glasgow Derelict Land and Issues

Brownfiled sites are among the most diverse and valuable urban habitats. Where feasible and beneficial, Glasgow Roots aims at tackling the critical issue of habitat loss and declining biodiversity by preserving any natural regeneration happening on site, and enhance it by defending and nurturing the area. The proposal aims at transforming the scattered land into a network of regenerated and regenerative permeable urban commons. This will help mitigating the impact of global warming, habitats and biodiversity loss, and human disengagement from the natural world.

Derelict and Issues
Glasgow Regenerated Land and Solutions

By tackling the above issues, this proposal will participate in the global effort of mitigating the effects of global warming and the plummeting biodiversity and habitat available to all living beings. Glasgow Roots aims at restoring these landscapes making them a critical area for the neighbourhood and new landmarks of degrowth.

Moreover, the proposal follows the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are “a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030”.

Regeneration and Solutuons
Timeline Inventory - Proposal

Over the centuries, this area of town has been to different businesses and stakeholders. It is now peppered with plots of derelict land.  

Timeline Inventory for Glasgow Roots catalyst sites
Glasgow Roots Masterplan

Glasgow Roots aims at regenerating plots of derelict land and creating a network of working landscapes each with different functions, habitats, and identity where ecological, human, and non-human communities meet.

Glasgow Roots serves as a Design and Strategy Manifesto in the context of an urban scape in the Clydeplan.

EDUSCAPE has the main aim of bridging the gap between the modern urban human and nature across all kingdoms encouraging a desire to learn about the natural world around us. This aim is achieved by creating different types of habitat in one unit of urban space and by offering opportunities for contemplation, discovery, and education.

The CONNECTIONS have the main aim of connecting the four scapes both visually and physically, through a viewfinder element and wayfinding posts.

PLAYSCAPE has the main aim of letting the citizens interact with the landscape.

AQUASCAPE has the main aim of reverse-engineering a portion of the Forth and Clyde canal between Port Dundas and the M8 Motorway and offering a more natural wetland environment.

NURTURSCAPE has the main aim of being the plant nursery and knowledge centre of the community.

Glasgow Roots - Masterplan
Habitat Strata - Polyphony and Assemblages

This proposal aims at creating multiple habitats within a cluster of regenerated plots of land within the city. The landscape created is a mosaic of patches and corridors within a matrix of dominant landscape types. Glasgow Roots focuses on reintroducing priority species creating the right niches and conditions for life. It emphasises the importance of the “edge effect”, which defines the greater diversity of life in the region where two bordering ecosystems overlay. Here, ecological, human, and non-human communities meet to create a polyphony of voices from all the kingdoms of living beings.

Community Manual

Glasgow Roots aims at actively engaging the community on multiple level through workshops, community activities, and knowledge sharing.

Glasgow Roots - Community Manual
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