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May 10 2013

Budding architects tackle a ‘Challenge of the Ordinary’
The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture’s MArch Unit are putting the finishing touches to a two year study into a hypothetical new settlement on the Cuningar Loop in the east end of Glasgow - a location which hit the headlines recently when plans to erect a series of climate controlled domes housing habitat and wildlife from different global environments first surfaced.

Overseen by Professor Alan Dunlop, former Prospect editor Penny Lewis and Simon Leeman the class were tasked with meeting ‘The Challenge of the Ordinary’ by shifting their attention away from fanciful work dreaming up elegant monasteries, theatres or wineyards and focusing instead upon everyday architecture such as supermarkets, factories and housing whilst resolving challenges relating to transportation and landscaping.

Commenting on the work Dunlop said that students were encouraged to raise the ‘ordinary’ in architecture for their individual buildings to ‘extraordinary’ levels, with the architect stressing that his  students developed their projects through hand drawing and model work only.

A sample of their work is presented below:
Amy Brazenhall devised this saw-toothed factory and trades workshop
Amy Brazenhall devised this saw-toothed factory and trades workshop
Damien Curry devised plans for this unpretiontious waste treatment works
Damien Curry devised plans for this unpretiontious waste treatment works

Emily Ann Gilligan meanwhile opted to pursue a Hydro Research Station on the banks of the Clyde
Emily Ann Gilligan meanwhile opted to pursue a Hydro Research Station on the banks of the Clyde
Emily Gibb progressed plans for this boat building workshop, one of a number of schemes to reintroduce industry to the area
Emily Gibb progressed plans for this boat building workshop, one of a number of schemes to reintroduce industry to the area

Ross King and David Scott devised these proposals for a new brewery on the riverfront site
Ross King and David Scott devised these proposals for a new brewery on the riverfront site
This new library was the work of Jenny Jarman
This new library was the work of Jenny Jarman

9 Comments

Bill Simpson
#1 Posted by Bill Simpson on 11 May 2013 at 12:31 PM
Some fantastic looking images there, I am really looking forward to seeing the Degree Show.
Hannah
#2 Posted by Hannah on 12 May 2013 at 13:25 PM
Great drawings. Are there any plans available?
quote
#3 Posted by quote on 13 May 2013 at 13:30 PM
'you may say that i'm a dreamer... but i'm not..''
Neil
#4 Posted by Neil on 13 May 2013 at 20:49 PM
#2 agree great drawings but not an east end I know or recognise. Plans would be good.
Jeremy
#5 Posted by Jeremy on 16 May 2013 at 12:01 PM
Agreed, Niel, though I don't know the east end well either, the choice of site is suspect. I wonder if the site was the choice of the students or was a convenience for the tutor.
Neil
#6 Posted by Neil on 17 May 2013 at 09:11 AM
Actually I did not mean that at all. It looks like a much better and more interesting east end than the one I was brought up in and more relevant than and ice world and jungle land or whatever. I would like to see a plan or plans though not just lovely drawings of what look like clever projects
David
#7 Posted by David on 17 May 2013 at 10:02 AM
It's a very pleasant surprise to see these drawings again! This project ended, for those students mentioned, last year, so: no degree show coming. #2, #4, if the house rules allow it, I'm not sure, I would be very pleased to link to some plans and other materials that supported Ross and I's projects.

http://cargocollective.com/radking/DALMARNOCK-DISTILLERY

http://cargocollective.com/davidscott/wheatley-s-kailyard
A
#8 Posted by A on 17 May 2013 at 10:11 AM
Neil- This is the link to the blog of the first year of the project- http://unit2fc.blogspot.co.uk/
Emily-Ann
#9 Posted by Emily-Ann on 18 May 2013 at 20:45 PM
Hannah and Neil - This link may be of some interest to you as it displays some plans illustrating the overarching masterplanning aims of this project. http://www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk/challenge_of_the_ordinary.htm

Otherwise, hopefully the degree show will prove more informative.

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