For this project, I wanted to concentrate on taking myself out of the digital workspace, and develop my skills in tangible making. I decided to create a series of books that investigate how we can incorporate narrative into the books physical form. I wanted them to be engaging and interactive, and to have a tactile quality.
The common theme throughout the books is based on research I was doing on the impact of Modernist theory on urban planning in the 20th century, specifically social housing throughout Britain. I found it interesting how tower block housing had gathered such a stigma, how people saw the situation as black and white and saw the buildings simply as an eye sore. I wanted these books to try and combat that viewpoint and illustrate the lifetime of these buildings. I wanted to show that lack of maintenance and care from city councils ultimately led to their downfall and not the communities who had lived there for years.
Unfortunately, since I was unable to travel to gather my own primary research due to the pandemic, I used online resources such as documentaries and archival photos to collect dialogue and images for the books
The documentaries/ videos used are:
‘High Rise and Fall, Glasgow Gorbals Documentary’, 1993, BBC Scotland
‘The Secret History of Our Street: Duke Street Glasgow’, 2014, BBC
‘ The End of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats’ Documentary, 2012, BBC
'SAFEDEM Red Road Flats Demolition’, 2013, Youtube video
Images sourced from:
'Canmore: National Record of the Historical Environment'