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trans/cross/dis-programming: red road, glasgow

Part 1 Project 2006
Sofi Tegsveden
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh UK
By re-addressing part of the modernist steel structure that is one of the high-rise buildings at Red Road in Glasgow (completed 1969), this project aims to create plural patterns of occupational friction and density, understanding architecture as temporal as well as spatial configuration. Unit N - a study in micro-movement (sleep) - forms the basis for an exponentially expanding grid that is imposed onto the existing structure. The spatial dialectic hence generated is explored through programming (occupational/economic/environmental): accommodation (temporary), market (books) and a vertical beach (tidal), catalysing a series of situations defined by spatial relativity in time.
Sofi Tegsveden

This proposal emerged from an examination of new ways of thinking about the relationship between architectural form and way it contains, holds, frames and animates patterns of everyday life. The work explicitly rejects functionalist approaches to such questions and explored a range of hybrid programming strategies. This exploration is staged within the carcass of a mono-functional highrise slab block in Glasgow – in the notorious Red Road estate. The steel frame (including its material, structural and aesthetic logics) of the soon-to-be demolished block is interrogated, colonised, and reinhabited in a variety of ways such that new formal and programmatic possibilities begin to emerge.

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