Glasgow has a history of ships, heavy industry, steel, smog and tenement housing. In contrast to its oft-perceived industrial past, today the city is famous for its vibrant art and music culture. A shopping hot spot, Buchanan Street in Glasgow’s city centre is our chosen site. Buchanan street is a densely populated pedestrian street throughout the year, however winter values are not well recognised. The key themes of our intervention; movement, huddling and illumination are illustrated by skating, penguins and fire.
We observed several obstacles to pedestrian movement in the form of sporadic street components. To avoid clutter and enable fluid movement we integrated these components into a single unit, inviting congregation. In a winter climate these huddles connote warmth, comfort and society whilst breaking the street down to a human scale.
Dimming the lights of surrounding shops allows energy to be conserved and converted for use on the street. As natural light disappears, the street is illuminated providing heat and light to users; highlighting an attractive, active space.
Our proposal is for a fluid streetscape that celebrates the winter season, allowing citizens to enjoy the space rather than avoiding obstacles, darting between shops and taking refuge within them.