Urban Diagnosis:38 is the title of the masters project undertaken Sabeya Ali, Zuliana Alizan, Emily Anderson, Natalie Bennett and Farrah Jahangeer at the Glasgow School of Art. The project is a critique of an urban area in Glasgow, challenging thoughts and perceptions.
The vehicle of analysis is the 38 bus which runs along a main arterial route. The urban diagnosis explores a rich urban scenery that extends from the city centre to greater Glasgow’s suburban periphery. Any line could be drawn through the city, investigated and probed for its urban makeup, however the 38 bus route has years of development and layers of history, it presents many forms of diverse urbanism, good and bad, that have formulated throughout time.
Instinctively nine different areas along the route were defined, each with their own distinctive characteristic. These areas were identified through changes in density, building style, amenity, street activity, street edges, height, scale, bridges, natural boundaries, topography, transport infrastructure and cultural activity.
Through the initial analysis and film, inspiration was naturally driven towards specific topics, which were then investigated further; subjects include Scars and Aftermath, Temporary Urbanism, Urban Porosity, Soundscape and Urban Luminosity.
More to follow…