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Part of Urban Diagnosis:38 (Sabeya Ali)

6a. Urban Luminosity day to night transition


Light to darkness – Light has the ability to alter the urban realm and change our perceptions; it can trigger emotions, inform us and excite us.  Lighting has become an increasingly important aspect of today’s nocturnal cities.  By analysing the existing, challenging and critiquing new ideas, a concluding proposal was made for a light and darkness strategy of the route. The study began by looking at the multiple images of the city that are created the hour when the sun sets.  The subtle changes highlight and conceal different features and create different atmospheres. The existing lighting along the route was analysed through measuring and mapping the light levels at each bus stop on nights of various weather conditions.  This was then compared with an exercise where each team member marked out where they thought the brighter and darker areas existed.  This was mapped and varied from the actual results.  The experiment strongly ties into the idea that the eyes only make up 10% of the visual information while the brain makes up the other 90% to perceive things.

What if? This was an exercise of challenging new ideas of lighting the urban realm.

What if there was interactive lighting? Only the areas used being lit, bringing excitement to lighting, it is the people and how they use the space that becomes a spectacle at night.

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What if the buildings lit the surroundings? The buildings and lighting could become integrated from the original design concept.

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What if voids were lit?  If parks were lit they could be used 24/7, however it would disturb the natural wildlife within at night.

Dotted Eyes template for OS MasterMap


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What if advertising played a more important role in urban luminosity?  It could become a distracting overlay of the city’s architecture, but if this was an overlay of a wall, for example, it could give it an alternative use at night.

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What if the M74 extension was lit?  Instead of lighting what are landmarks by day, what if the places of negative associations were lit to try and change people’s perceptions?  It could give the city a whole new identity at night.

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What if there was a canopy of lights along the streets creating an artificial sky?  This could enhance streets of special use.

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What if lighting and architecture was combined?  It could provide a cohesive way of lighting the urban realm.

Lighting model

Lighting model

Light and Darkness Scheme – ideas were combined and applied to different areas of the route to create a proposal of light and dark.  The new ideas were combined with old to create a whole cohesive picture of what the urban realm could be like at night.  With the select areas lit, the light against the dark backdrop creates a vibrancy.  Through the variety of urban luminosity, it creates interest and vitality throughout the urban realm at night.

6d. Urban Luminosity Light and Darkness Scheme



Part of the Urban Diagnosis:38 (Emily Anderson)

The Space Between discusses sensory perception in architecture in relation to voids and offers the way of distinguishing between different kinds of voids to clarify thinking in this somewhat neglected area of interest.

The study addresses the differences between negative space and void space and makes progress towards the definition of these differences. Radical propositions are made for the control and transformation of void spaces, healing the scars in the urban fabric.

Voids vary in character. Some are considered to be valuable, such as natural features like rivers and gorges, green lungs amongst the built form, and some are considered detrimental scars caused by demolition, dereliction and neglect.  Voids can be subcategorised into four types: natural voids, planned voids, transitional voids and scars.

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Deconstructed Urbanism

Deconstructed Urbanism

Eglinton was chosen for consideration as part of the urban diagnosis because of its fragmentation.

The deconstruction of the area allows the perception of space and void to be made separate, filtering the different layers into buildings, roads, voids and scars. The different layers can be replaced with ‘treatments’, creating interventions addressing the issues of the urban space.

Interventions – spring from a desire to provoke a fresh view of the urban environment. By modelling and drawing fantastical ideas, the existing urban fabric can be instantly transformed with different proposals.

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Urban Diagnosis

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.

Urban Diagnosis Introduction

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.

Urban Diagnosis Quick factsInstinctively 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.

Urban Diagnosis progress

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…