I always worry about the strength of technology and that we’ve become numb to believe that it is good for us, it’s our first port of call and recently even more so than our actual physical friends. Something I’ve noticed over the last 18 months is that people are shocked when you call them… ” Ah..you’re calling me?” mixed with “Aw it’s nice to actually talk on the phone…” This is something I come back to every so often as I find it fascinating that people really are becoming isolated due to technology. Connected but alone. Over the coming months I’ll be exploring this more as I believe we should be able to hold a conversation. I feel that exploring this topic is a real risk as technology has already taken its place in our life but I’m sure that as ‘humans’ we’d be open to the chance of being us again. This sounds weird and sounds much more interesting in person.
A tranquil moment, a place frozen in time where nature has been left alone for some time. Dry pebbles surround my feet and slowly crumble disturbing the sleeping pond as I step back. A deer has taken himself from his friends as he stands guarding his Ishidoro that remains unlit. As if protecting the stone feature, he is also protected by the enchanted land that surrounds him.
Looking up, a red temple hides behind the layers of deciduous forest that spreads into the far distance. Up close it changed. Wooden blocks and beams signify the structures strong presence and present the hard craftsmanship from the past. An elegance had been created as the temple stood in contrast with its grand forest all around.
Upon reaching the street, crowds walked upward towards me and the sacred land. Following the grey cobbled path flat white walls appeared on either side of me, reconstructed wood. black beams and small windows and cables that were left in sight as I peeked down one narrow street I passed.
A town had been built here. I was in it. And the aesthetic of a small Japanese village stood out stronger than ever. A reserved respected land.
At this initial stage of the project we wanted to find out each others interests and come up with a potential topic we could explore further. Our group being from similar design backgrounds from product and interior design to architecture and the urban design, we quickly discovered common areas of interest. First of we discussed issues facing Scotland as the project runs alongside the Scottish Government. To generalize, we found that poverty is a large issue within Scotland affecting livelihoods, education, healthcare and public life…as well as other areas. Through sharing our thoughts on each area we decided to focus deeper on gentrification and isolation- common to be outwith the control of existing communities.
Of course these are all broad areas in themselves and so through discussion, we zoomed in on gentrification as we believe this corrupts existing communities although it can be passed of as the ‘common good’, and isolation of communities. This lead us into creating our initial research objectives:
Find political issues surrounding the isolation and gentrification phenomena of the built environment.
…and our aim:
To identify people with a common interest/ issues and facilitate them with a sustainable platform to create a community.
Focusing on Scotland, we divided our research into Scotland overall and Glasgow as our areas to focus on:
-Scotland (urban and rural areas/ isolation and gentrification)
-Glasgow (local areas/ isolation and gentrification)
We split these focuses within the group and mapped out areas affected by isolation and gentrification. We found that some areas affected by gentrification were also isolated areas.
Areas affected by gentrification, greenification and isolated areas
Areas in Glasgow affected by gentrification and isolated areas
Research existing creative collectives