Paul Stallan delivers Commonwealth Games Village TED talk
August 8 2014
Focussing on the athletes’ village, which Stallan led alongside Alistair Brand whilst with their former practice, Paul Stallan Studio @ RMJM, the architect discusses ‘living together, ‘appreciating beauty’ and ‘dreaming’ by pulling together key projects such as the African University of the Creative Arts.
Born in a traditional tenement in the Sighthill district of north Glasgow in 1967, Stallan cites its short-sighted demolition, along with the subsequent demolition of the tower blocks which replaced them, as key drivers in his own approach to regeneration.
Commenting on the village Stallan said: “On the site of the Commonwealth Games Village was a series of tower blocks. If you think about it spacially, if you came out of one of those flats you’re immediately into the city.
“What we were trying to achieve spatially with the Games village was to come out of your house into your porch, from your porch to the garden, the garden to the home zone, home zone to the street and street into the wider city. We were decompressing if you like and creating defensible space but you’re also creating layers of space where people can interact in different ways, they can choose to alter behaviours relative to what part of the village they’re in.”
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