On this page you can find national and local guidance and strategies, resources from our partners which may help you thrive, and more information on other neighbours around the world that we’ve learnt from.
Find out more about the vision and strategies around Glasgow’s canal, and how this fits into the bigger picture:
Learning from others
We’re all about democratic development of the area and learning from other initiatives and people around the world to understand how buildings, areas and cities can be reimagined through creative and cultural activity.
Find out more about some of the places and projects we’re taking inspiration from below:
Making the most of vacant buildings in Paris
In 2012, the Public Hospital of Paris moved out of one of the oldest and biggest medical centres in the city, the Hospital Saint Vincent de Paul, located in the south bank of the Seine. Instead of leaving the area empty for five years before it was turned into a vast eco-housing neighbourhood, a coordination team offered to occupy the site. Find out more about the Les Grands Voisins project.
Socially conscious architecture in Alabama
Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University, Alabama. It aims to democratise architecture, both for student’s learning and benefiting local residents of one of the poorest counties in Alabama. The programme, established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, gives architecture students a more hands-on educational experience. Find out more about Rural Studio.
Urban swimming in Paris
Although bathing in rivers is forbidden in France since 1923, a group of Parisians could not resist the opportunity to cool themselves during the 2015 heat wave that struck the French capital. These river hackers created the “Laboratory of experimental urban swimming“: a Facebook group where they created events for people to swim together, making it safer and more fun and drawing attention to water within city development. Find out more about Hacking The River.
Temporary housing in Germany
ShabbyShabby is a temporary architecture challenge developed by Berlin-based Raumlabor. It uses pop-up structures with limited time, costs and space, to showcase under-used spaces within the city and comment on current housing issues in Europe. Find out more aboutShabbyShabby.
Vertical village in South Korea
Open House is a community built and designed structure showcasing the unique qualities of the city of Anyang in South Korea. In 2010, Berlin-based design team Raumlabor were invited by the third Anyang Public Art Project (A New Community in the Open City) to work directly with the community conducting an intensive research programme which challenges the dramatic changes in the area. The result is a multi-level exhibition and workshop laboratory which is in a state of constant renewal and transformation. Find out more about Open House.