71-75 Robertson Street

Creative minds combined

The video is complete and utilising the honest opinion of unsuspecting peers we refined our footage with inspiration from ‘do not forget to escape’ a short film of new york. We believe the video shows a strong representation of what questions we are addressing and this is backed up by our A3 sheets which further explain our motive. The team feel satisfied and collaborative with communication and set out tasks distributed and achieved efficiently.

Uploads all achieved and excited to show off our video and watch how other teams have unfolded their ‘at risk’ locales. Exciting to see what direction other creative minds have taken and learn from it.

 

Group 7c

September 18th 9:36 am

Meet the Team: 7a

Group 7a:

Lesley Khoo is a stage 3 student from the island country of Singapore.

Adam Spreckley is from Nottingham, England and a stage 4 arch student who has spend the past two years working in London.

Iskren Ivanov is the other stage 3 student in group 7a who is from Bulgaria. If you can’t tell from the photo, he really enjoyed wearing this outfit in public.

Mentor Voyatzakis is a stage 1 fresher from Greece who is just beginning his journey as a young designer. He really tried to pinch the biker coming down the street but that didn’t work out as planned.

João Queiroga is a stage 4 student here on exchange for the semester from Portugal, and was one of our videographers.

Ryan Franchak is the third stage 4 architecture student for group 7a. He is from New Mexico in the US and did the photography/filmmaking on Robertson Street.

 

With what our group lacks in gender diversity we make up for in ethnic representation. Group 7a also contains members Noor Ul Ain Malik, who is a M.Arch student here from Pakistan; Koray Bakirkure, a stage 2 student from Turkey who has had previous architecture schooling in the US; and Sarunas Semulis who is our stage 5 student from Lithuania. These three individuals could not be present at the time the portraits were taken, but their contribution to the project could not go unrecognized.

 

September 18th 8:07 am

Characteristics + Collage

Group: 7a

 

An architectural intervention does not necessarily mean a building. Making a change and a difference can come with even a subtle gesture. As we dive deeper into the static characteristics of Robertson Street, we also submerge our minds into the notion of what this locale can be. The content of the locale is dry, buildings all look the same with their shiny and reflective surfaces, but 71-75 Robertson appears as the remaining link to the past on this street.

Our simple to the solution to save this street is to bring activity to the area after peak hours. The International Financial Services District does not have a pulse when the employees go home, and thus group 7a’s solution is to open the street up to activities that promote community gathering. As highlighted in the graphic, this can come in the form of a dinner party. While we may have chose to picture one way to showcase life on the street after hours, the possibilities are endless and all depend on the time of year and the intention of the event.

September 18th 9:33 am

Building a narrative

Group 7B starts to piece together a narrative focusing on the perspectives of nature inhabiting an abandoned building. The group spent the long weekend researching feral landscapes and developing sketches for our animated short film. Furthermore, we explored into designing a vintage advertisement poster for an A3 draft. Along the process, the team shared and gained knowledge on various software skills such as Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects. The skills of the group keeps growing naturally just like the feral landscape in our locale.

September 18th 7:13 pm

Changing

A tutorial down and some food for thought. What was our culture? Was it changing and how can we emulate that in our video. We thought about what we consider our Glasgow to be at present, listing the art galleries, music venues and festivals, the nightlife, comedy clubs, how we travel about and use the streets. We figured the best kind of product for our video would be footage we took of Glasgow naturally doing what it does. This ranged from the busy lunch time streets, traffic passing, nightlife scenes to simple bus journeys which were massively different to the 1900s Glasgow. So this footage was then put into the video, cutting it into smaller clips and placing them in at different parts. Most of the video was sped up. We continued to watch the video over editing the pieces to emphasis the changing culture.

September 18th 1:19 pm

Idolise or move forward

Throwing out some ideas into helpful storyboards, and collaborating our ideas into video clippets, we started to construct the contrast of old culture and new. Collecting a range of images of buildings from both sides we created the bones for our video upon which to expand. We wanted to establish the growing change of culture by speeding up the video progressively and involving a lot of flickering images and tense music. The video started off with a horror theme, negative and positive with open questions and hidden tricks. Initially we were idolising past architecture compared to modern day office builds but after further deliberation we realised there was a more important question to be answering.

September 18th 12:56 pm

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SITE

 

 

 

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SITE

Our first impressions and feelings for this project and its surrounding area were created at the site. In our next meetings, throughout discussions, we discussed how we could express the ‘left out’ phenomenon of the 71-75 Robertson street building. Moreover, our initial thoughts of the site were based on focusing towards the physical appearance of the building and how the building could be modified to bring out the most benefit towards the whole community.

Later on, the fact that all the surrounding buildings are so tall, glassy and modern; full of busy people absorbed by their everyday life and the stress of their daily routine and obligations became our main concern. The rapid urbanization, global stress and the isolation between the people and the whole society have affected architecture and the people in a direct way. This building contradiction emphasizes the different approaches between the past and the present in the way architecture and society has developed. Therefore, we decided to focus more on the social aspects of this area.

Finally, through a series of sketches, we tried to express our ideas based on the ignorance of the history of the place which caused the buildings to be left abandoned, ‘unseen’ and dismal in quiet central districts.

 

September 18th 11:15 am

SITE VISIT


SITE VISIT
Our arrival to the site created us a feeling of disconnection between the Robertson 71-75 building with the modern surrounding buildings. The 71-75 Robertson street building seems left out with its compared to the other modern buildings in that financial district. This building contradiction emphasizes the different approaches between the past and the present in the way architecture and society has developed.
This building it is a five-storey building with a domed corner tower. The windows of the facades contain characteristics of the Art Nouveau. The main entrance has Doric columns and the façade is mainly built with red sandstone.
Initially, we interviewed some people about their impressions of this architecture and social change, that led to a disappearing from the historic bonds of architecture. The conclusions of these discussions were that none of the people wanted this historic building to be destroyed, but instead, there was an obvious preference that the façade would be kept, maintained and get renovated internally instead.

September 18th 11:10 am

. . . Take 4

Group 7a:

 

Monday morning marked the final day for filming. While it was a national holiday, workers still showed up for work in the International Financial Services District. With a change of location for another trial run, the reactions were very consistent with previous tests; our presence and performance drew attention from “regulars” on the street as we were out of place.

This analysis of the site began with a hypothesis formulated from an observation. It was then tested many times and in various ways, both spatial and temporal. Time affected space in that the 9,000 employees that occupy the buildings on Robertson Street pass by between the hours of 8:00 and 18:00. For the remaining hours in the day, Robertson lies lifeless.

 

September 18th 8:12 am

Robertson’s MPD

Group 7a:

 

Robertson Street suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. It has two sides, and plays two characters. During the day, its lack of diverse use makes it strictly catered towards business personnel. Looking up and down the street, almost every person is dressed in the same “professional attire” marching to and from the office. The only hint of art to the scene is the single mural on the wooden construction barricades adjacent to the framed promotional advertisements highlighting new music and events coming to town.

As dusk approaches, Robertson Street takes on a new form, it becomes even more lifeless. Revolving doors are halted, workers gone home, and the number of cars that zip down the street with headlights blaring outnumber pedestrians even on weekend nights. Group 7a wanted to highlight Robertson’s somber mood by taking our skit to the streets on Sunday evening.

 

September 18th 7:36 am