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.
Research existing creative collectives