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CUMBERNAULD: 2059

Part 2 Project 2006
Stuart Falconer
Gunnar Groves-Raines
Steven Orr
University of Strathclyde, UK
Cumbernauld New Town, once voted The Worlds Best New Town by the Association of American Architects, is now consistently voted the worst town in Scotland.

'Cumbernauld: 2059' presented as an interactive installation, set 53 years in the future, places the town at the heart of a new transport and land management system, designed to reduce Scotland’s resource consumption and increase its resource production.

The lives of 10 characters are presented through a series of small films exploring their daily lives within Cumbernauld in 2059. Improving transport efficiency, linking the nations facilities and integrating new ecological strategies are all explored.

Stuart Falconer
Gunnar Groves-Raines
Steven Orr


Students were asked to contribute to the current debate on the long term future of Cumbernauld. Through a critical analysis of the social, economic, environmental and spatial conditions prevalent within Cumbernauld the students have responded with a 53 year plan for the town centre. Using the original 'New Town' promotional film produced in 1973 as a starting point for their analysis the students have created a visual narrative which places Cumbernauld within the context of a European transport network and imagines the impact of this transport and distribution hub on a new model for the town centre and mega structure.

2006
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