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Exhibition to reveal radical plans for Scotland's Central Belt

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Four radical design proposals for the future of Scotland's 'Central Belt' are to be revealed in a new exhibition.

The SHIFTS exhibition, at Glasgow's Lighthouse gallery, is designed to highlight the need for new 'architecture and urban development' in the towns and landscape between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Designed by Cadell2 and David Simm of Jan Gehl Architects, The Counter Tectonics is described as 'a vision of a new landscape to redirect principal flows of people and goods.'

The Muckle Canal by Collective Architecture, in association with Pru Chiles of the Bureau of Design Research and Riccardo Marini of Edinburgh City Council, is based on a 'gigantic new canal linking Greenock to Grangemouth.'

Also featuring in the exhibition is M8-Park by Groves Raines Architects Studio, in association with David van Eldik of Routeontwerp and John Crawford of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, which is described as 'a sustainable strategy for improved standards of living across the Central Belt.'

Finally, Shifting SLOAP by Voluntary Design and Build, in association with Eva Dalman from Malmö, Sweden, and Gerry Grams of Glasgow City Council, purports to demonstrate a 'fundamental shift in attitude towards Space Left Over After Planning (SLOAP).'

SHIFTS curator Florian Kossak says: 'Each of the scenarios aims to somehow dissolve the cultural, political and economic concentration in Scotland's two main cities and to create a more equal distribution or shift of economic, cultural and social wealth throughout the Central Belt.'

The exhibition runs from 18 August-14 October at the Lighthouse before going on tour. For more information on the exhibition visit www.thelighthouse.co.uk

by Max Thompson

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