Project description

A Glass of Memory aims to create a hybrid landscape of closed-loop urban ecological systems, based on the principles of industrial ecology, giving a prominent role to the reclamation of water within a restored urban ecosystem. The project focuses on the transformation of a vacant brownfield site along the River Clyde waterfront adjacent to Clydeside Distillery. This contemporary building incorporates the Pump House, an important Glasgow landmark and monument to the city’s industrial and dockland heritage. The designed distillery landscape will act as a prototype to the restoration of a forgotten urban waterfront landscape to one that provides cultural opportunities for Glasgow residents and its visitors. The project will provide a framework for the creation of designed semi-natural habitats which support an increase in biodiversity alongside future urban developments. It will demonstrate good practice for the transformation of an urban waterfront towards a more resilient, sustainable and productive space. At the same time, it will provide a place that provokes memories of Glasgow’s industrial heritage and Scottish natural landscapes, a space for cultural events, as well as shaping the waterfront into a more sculptural form that provides a more accessible and inclusive public realm. This design will create an innovative landscape, one that will inspire further inspirational development along the River Clyde to the benefit of humans and more-than-humans.

Part 1 No water city: Glasgow in 2120 / a imagination of dystopian future / storytelling
Design strategy

In the water
An underwater design strategy involves the creation of two ecological stone jetties and rock formations within the waters of the quay. Using the water dynamics of erosion and sediment, river deposits reform the site’s waterfront topography. Over time this will assist the creation of a bioremediation natural swimming pool for visitors and an educational fish nursery that highlights the problems associated with the River Clyde’s pollution.

On the water
The surface water design strategy includes an extensive sustainable urban drainage system and the creation of a mosaic of designed habitats that will contribute to the creation of a Scotch whisky atmosphere waterfront. Water purification, soil remediation and climate change mitigation will form part of the planting strategy. Over time biodiversity will be supported as the habitats mature. Leisure, recreational and cultural opportunities will provide benefits for human health and well-being.

Closed-loop urban ecosystem for Glasgow's distilleries and actors
Closed-loop urban ecosystem diagram for Glasgow's distilleries and actors
Part 2 A Glass of Memory and Glasgow
Inventory map of Glasgow's waterfront
Inventory map of Glasgow's waterfront
Master plan and Phases
Masterplan and phases
Site topography
Site topography
Existing ecological value
Existing ecological value
Whisky Taste Planting Wheel / mosaic of designed habitats creation expand
Whisky Taste Planting Wheel / mosaic of designed habitats creation
On the water / Spatial design expand
On the water / spatial design
Thread / Fresh water management linkage diagram expand
Thread / freshwater management (SuDS) linkage diagram
In the water / bioremediation jetty zone and ecological fish nursery zone
In the water / bioremediation jetty zone and ecological fish nursery
Freshwater & rooftop management and spatial programmes in Autumn view expand
Topsoil farming on the rooftop and rainwater harvesting under the ground
Freshwater & rooftop management and spatial programmes in autumn view
Freshwater & rooftop management and spatial programmes in autumn view
rainy day
Rainwater harvesting in summer view / Geocellular storage systems
Ecological jetty zone for human and more-than-human (bio-remediation terrace) and ecological fish nursery for more-than-human expand
A life in the water for human and more-than-human / bioremediation swimming pool at the Ecological Jetty zone and rubble mounds at the Ecological Fish Nursery zone
Bioremediation terrace
Bioremediation swimming pool / seasonality and activities
Water Haha Garden (SuDS)
Water Haha Garden / SuDS retention pond, bioswale linkage and spontaneous plants on the barley meadow
Community area view from Rooftop Garden / bio-rill (SuDS), seating planter and planting composition for micro-climate creation
Community area view from Rooftop Garden / bio-rill (SuDS), seating planter and planting composition for micro-climate creation
Art walking trail / main path - Artworks in the visualization are from the Glasgow school of art degree show 2010-2020. @Pia Männikkö, 2010 @Charlie Cook, 2016 @Caitlin Higgins,2019-2020
Art Walking Trail / main path - artworks in the visualization are from the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2010-2020. @Pia Männikkö, 2010 @Charlie Cook, 2016 @Caitlin Higgins, 2019-2020
Timescale

Current

      New A Glass of Memory development is started

10 years

      A glass of memory development settled 
      Producing clean water to River Clyde

30 years

      Expanding green space to vacant land
      Mosaic of habitats is blending

50 years

      Disused railway and A road becomes a green space
      Grazing management becomes a new type of public park management policy

Timescale of Green and Blue dynamic
Timescale of green and blue dynamic
Urban cattle public park management area expansion expand
Urban cattle public park management area expansion
Ecological succession expand
Ecological succession
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