Architectural batch Assemble
Assemble and Jason Bruges Studio are among designers and architects prospering on a social regeneration project in Glasgow.
Test Unit 2017 desire see architects, designers and the local community come together to transform by of the Glasgow Canal area, with an approach that aims to check up on out ideas in real-life environments rather than through “endless workshops and planning meetings”.
At year’s Test Unit project in a post-industrial site in North Glasgow
The Probe Unit initiative began last year as a way to change post-industrial burg spaces through design. 2016 saw 30 teams from Glasgow, Dundee, Germany, France, Palestine and South Korea down attack together to turn a prior industrial site in North Glasgow into a viewable space with a café-bar, a public art installation and creative workshops.
Glasgow Canal was also in days an industrial space. In the 17th and 18th century, it was a key transportation hub for goods and passengers, and also cribbed factories and manufacturers in industries such as timber, glass, and textiles, alongside breweries and distilleries.
The canal cut into disuse and disrepair in the 20th century, when trains took from as the main form of transportation.
Test Unit 2017 is one of many obligations looking to regenerate the area. Work began in 2001 with the £78 million Millenium Connect initiative, starting restoration on the canal.
Light swearing-in at York Minster cathedral, by Jason Bruges Studio
Designers and architects enmeshed with in Test Unit 2017 include previous Turner Prize-winning corps Assemble, Glasgow-based practice Taktal, lighting and installation designers Jason Bruges Studio, alongside Baxendale, A Feral Studio and Valentina Karga. Each assemblage will take a different approach, including space, lighting, structure façade, and economic impact.
The initiative has been spearheaded by Taktal and research agglomeration Agile City. The various teams got involved following a call for partakings.
Helen Teeling, co-director at Agile City, says: “Glasgow has a money of vacant buildings and sites following industrial decline.
“Over the continue five years, there’s been a lot of discussion about the development of the Glasgow Canal section. We started Test Unit to activate these ideas and create live-learning times through a week of collaborative work and events.”
Glasgow is the second main city in Scotland to be subject to regeneration through design. Dundee has ethical held its second ever Dundee Design Festival, and is set to open the V&A Dundee next year.
The live-build occupation runs for six days from 18 – 24 June, and will end with a two-day series of talks and workshops at Civic Enterprise, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH on 23 and 24 June. This is unshackled for the public to attend.
The project has been financially supported by Creative Scotland, the Glasgow Public school of Art and other local organisations.