‘The vision is to create a vibrant, playful, liveable City Centre’
Glasgow City Council have appointed a team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team, to develop with stakeholders and local communities, Regeneration Frameworks focusing on four districts within the City Centre: Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central.
To inscribe local knowledge at the heart of the process right from the start, there are currently a whole series of engagement events to listen to, learn from and engage with local people, agencies and stakeholders. As part of this process, a team from art organisation WAVEparticle, who specialise in creative community engagement, were out and about on the streets of Glasgow, inviting people to share their ideas to help shape the future plans for the city centre.
Before embarking in conversations within the city centre, the team started by visiting four neighbourhoods outwith central Glasgow. These ‘satellite’ engagement events were deliberately located north, south, east and west of central Glasgow specifically to gauge why Glaswegians use (or don’t use) their city centre. These on-street engagements took place over Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, when the team, including Lead Artist Peter McCaughey, artists Lauren Coleman, Lauren Bishopp and Zöe Hyatt, and filmmaker Basharat Khan, set-up a gazebo at Byres Road, Possilpark, Pollokshaws Road and Auchlinea Park.
With the aid of a large vinyl floormap of Glasgow, an interactive online survey and a Postcard From The Future, (which invites people to imagine Glasgow in 10 years time, and the changes they’d like to see in the city), the WAVEparticle team engaged passers-by in conversation, asking them to think about their city centre – what’s good about it, what needs to be improved / changed, and what would make them use their city centre more often.
The response from the public was terrific and we are grateful for the honesty and enthusiasm from everyone we met, including the children we met outside The Possilpark Health and Care Centre on Saracen Street, who took to the big map with felt-tip pens because they felt the city centre needed a bit more colour.
These 4 short films are a reflection of what people said, giving a real insight into people’s views and opinions about the city they live in. Thank you to all who contributed in any way and for sharing their ideas for the future of (Y)our City Centre.
For further information please visit: http://www.yourcitycentre.com
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