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Architecture summer school reimagines Glasgow wasteland site

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Students on the Test Unit 2016 summer school in Glasgow have built a series of interventions on a vacant site at Bairds Brae in North Glasgow 

Run in conjunction with Agile City – a platform for research and events exploring grass-roots approaches to city development – the summer school aimed to prototype ideas in public space and regeneration. 

Participants, who included students, recent graduates, local community groups, artists and architects, were split into four groups and built installations along the themes of occupation, context, connection and alternative reality. 

The week-long workshop ended with a café, bar and creative workshop on the site open to the public. 

The four projects 

The Nettle Inn by Lee Ivett 

The Nettle Inn by Lee Ivett

The Nettle Inn by Lee Ivett

Source: Emily Fribbance

This micro-tavern was built to provide 1:1 engagement between a traveler and an inn keeper. At the ground floor the inn keepr can prepare food and drink and sleep while a first floor single room provides an overnight resting space for a traveler. A green wall of potted plants was created by foraging edible wildlife from around the site. 

Bairds Brae Beacon by Rebecca Davies 

Bairds Brae Beacon by Rebecca Davies

Bairds Brae Beacon by Rebecca Davies

An interactive, illuminated spinning beacon was inspired by the idea of the zoetrope and the sites previous use as a 3,000-seat cinema. 

Ghost Wall by Kate Darby 

Ghost Wall by Kate Darby

Ghost Wall by Kate Darby

This project used timber to trace the memory of the wall that used to stand in the corner of the site. Creating a gateway into the site, the installation was built using an innovative clamping system which enabled vertical elements to define the previous scale, depth and mass of the masonry wall. 

Where Were You, The Secret Billboard and the Muhammad Ali Oakbank Hospital Visit Visitors Centre and Museum by Neil McGuire 

Where Were You, The Secret Billboard and the Muhammad Ali Oakbank Hospital Visit Visitors Centre and Museum by Neil McGuire

Where Were You, The Secret Billboard and the Muhammad Ali Oakbank Hospital Visit Visitors Centre and Museum by Neil McGuire

This group of participants created a series of interventions for the site including a memorial bench, signage, and a huge billboard. 

Project data 

Location Glasgow, Scotland
Type of project summer school
Organiser Agile City
Partners A Feral Studio, Baxendale, The Glasgow School of Art, UZ Arts, Scottish Canals, Creative Scotland, EventScotland as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces programme

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