Structures of Self-Estrangement

Combating alienation, in the age of information, by rethinking education, to help people find purpose and follow their passions.

This Project is heavily influenced by Jimmy Reid’s 1972 speech which identified the potential
to combat the evermore pernicious issue of alienation in society by rethinking our concept of
education. Proposing that through helping people determine and explore passions and thus help to
find purpose in their lives. This project asks what would that architecture be like and how could it
be effectively applied specifically to Glasgow’s context? With a vast industrial infrastructure
remaining across the city in the form of disused railway lines, buildings in disrepair, and gaps in
the urban grid, an opportunity arises. A problem as deep rooted as alienation on a city-wide scale
requires several interventions to effectively combat the issue. This proposal consists of 4 architectural
types of various scales dotted around the city using these existing structures to help facilitate
the user to discover their passion.

1 - To Instigate - A small scale intervention in everyday spaces that helps to capture those who
are alienated get the ball rolling.

2 - To Explore - A large variety learning centre based around the 8 methods of learning a flexible
space with to try new things and expose those alienated to these things.

3 - To Contemplate - Reviving the disused railway line links to encourage the creative process.

4 - To Implement - Tailoring various disused structures for specific purposes or trades.