Past Glasgow Event: VOL 36

Large wide pechakucha

VOL 36

April 17, 2019
@ The Whisky Bond

The UK is currently in the midst of a housing crisis of historical significance. In a recent report, it was revealed that 30 million new social homes will be needed in the next 20 years, and not just for those in the most need, but also for those ‘trapped’ in the growing private rent sector, both young and old. Despite the lack of affordable housing, property continues to dominate the economy as one of the most profit-driven commodities on the market, as swathes of development schemes dedicated solely to private property continue to re-shape urban centres.

Increasing populations, sprawling urban centres and new challenges posed by climate breakdown also create the need for innovative approaches to domestic architecture that can adapt to changing needs.

In this Pecha Kucha talks event, we will hear from architects & designers, housing activists and council representatives to ask, what, within the context of Scotland and the rest of the UK is possible? What works and why, and how do we learn from other places, recognising the specificity of our financial systems, legal jurisdiction, and cultural limitations? Is it possible to re-imagine the typology, technology and semiotics of the home to create a more sustainable, habitable future?

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The Rise, Fall and Possible Future of Public Housing.

BY SARAH GLYNN
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Sarah Glynn is an architect, academic and activist and has just started working with Sustrans in Edinburgh. She has played a leading role organising tenants in anti-demolition campaigns in Dundee and her published writing on housing includes an edited volume for Pluto Press (of which she also wrote half) entitled ‘Where the other half lives: Lower income housing in a neoliberal world’. Sarah has taught courses on housing policy and written a housing policy paper for Commonweal.
sarahglynn.net

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Housing 2.0: More Than Bricks and Mortar

BY MAIRI LAVERTY
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Mairi Laverty is an architect at Collective Architecture. Mairi joined Collective Architecture in 2010 after completing her Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at Strathclyde University. During her studies she spent 4 months studying at the ETH in Zurich. Since joining Collective Architecture, Mairi has worked on a variety of projects ranging from sustainable masterplans, public buildings, large scale housing, conservation and regeneration projects. Mairi completed the award winning residential regeneration project in Sighthill and is currently developing proposals for Phase 1 of the Water Row regeneration project in Govan, Glasgow. Mairi previously worked with Elder and Cannon Architects and John Gilbert Architects in Glasgow. She has also taught part time at Strathclyde University and has engaged in student design reviews as a guest critic at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. In addition to teaching, Mairi has been a judge for the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Awards and has most recently presented at Dundee University as part of their guest lecture series.

collectivearchitecture.com / @Collective_Arch

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Hawthorne Housing Co-operative

BY COLIN TURNBULL
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Colin Turnbull has been director at Hawthorn Housing Co-operative since August 2015. Before that he worked with West of Scotland Housing Association and various local authorities. He has worked in social housing his entire career. Colin lives in Ayrshire. He has four children and two grandchildren Hawthorn Housing Co-operative is a fully mutual co-operative in Possilpark, Glasgow with 316 houses and 48 under construction. 

hawthornhousing.org.uk / @HawthornHousing

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Housing 2.0: A Sustainable, Habitable Future

BY CHRIS MORGAN
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Chris Morgan is an architect and a Director at John Gilbert Architects with over 25 years’ experience in ecological design and sustainable development. He has maintained a range of experience from masterplanning and energy infrastructure, through to award-winning and innovative architecture, research and teaching. Previously a Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design, Chris is one of only four architects with advanced sustainable architecture accreditation from the RIAS. He is a design review panellist for Architecture + Design Scotland and has certification in Passivhaus design, building biology and permaculture. 

johngilbert.co.uk / @johngilbertarch

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Clachan Co-Housing

BY JAMIE MACLEOD
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Jamie Macleod is part of Clachan Co-Housing, a group of people aiming to develop and build a co-housing community in Glasgow. 

He has worked in energy policy in third sector organisations and in Government and is excited to be involved in creating a secure, affordable place to live as part of a low impact community. 

facebook.com/clachan-co-housing

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A Resident Led Approach to Making Homes

BY JOHN KINSLEY
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Born in Wigan, Lancashire, John Kinsley moved to Scotland in 1995 to develop sustainable design at RMJM Architects. After ten years designing and building the Scottish Parliament, he set up John Kinsley Architects in 2016. In 2018 we were awarded Practice of the Year at the Scottish Design Awards. Our collective custom built tenement project in Portobello, which he will be talking about today, has generated considerable interest since its completion last year, winning several awards including an RIAS Award and the Saltire Housing Innovation Award, and featuring on BBC’s Reporting Scotland. 

johnkinsleyarchitects.co.uk / @john_kinsley

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Living Rent Glasgow

BY DAVID HANSON
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

We are Living Rent, Scotland’s Tenants’ Union. We are a democratic organization run by and for tenants. We want homes for people, not for profit; to redress the power imbalance between landlords and tenants; and ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing.

We believe in the collective power of tenants to come together to fight for their rights and use diverse tactics – including direct action when necessary – to achieve this. 

Whether you’re experiencing problems with your landlord, think rent is just too high, or want to find a way to solve the housing crisis, Living Rent, as Scotland’s most effective and exciting housing movement in decades, provides a radical alternative that puts tenants first. 

David Hanson explains.

livingrent.org/join / @Glasgow_LR

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Queens Cross Housing Association

BY NICK RONAN
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Originally from Newcastle on Tyne, Nick Ronan has worked in social housing for 32 years, initially in London and in Glasgow since 1994. He has delivered several social and affordable housing developments across Glasgow, particularly in the West End. These have included new build projects, conversions and rehabilitated tenements to provide social rented flats and houses, supported accommodation, mid- market rent and shared equity. Nick’s interest lies in overcoming the practical challenges involved in providing affordable and sustainable homes that people want to live in. 

qcha.org.uk / @QueensCrossHA

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Self Build in Glasgow

BY ANGELA DORAN
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Upon completing her first Self-build in 2002, Angela Doran became a committed advocate of self-provided housing models. She wholeheartedly believes that Custom and Self-build should be options available to all, regardless of wealth or social status. 

As well as completing further individual projects while running a small development company, she has worked for several years as a consultant to Self-build groups and local government. She specialises in building connections between communities and agencies, such as regeneration companies, planning departments, local authorities and housing professionals, ensuring that the needs of each are met equitably. Currently, Angela is leading Glasgow City Council’s pioneering Self-build project in Maryhill, while continuing to provide help and support to various groups across Scotland through her work as a director of Assemble Collective Self-build. She is also the Scottish Rep for NaCSBA.

assemble-csb.co.uk

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Anderson Bell + Christie

BY JONATHAN MCQUILLAN
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Jonathan McQuillan is an Associate at Anderson Bell Christie Architects, responsible for office management, project design and delivery within healthcare, civic, education and residential sectors. He has developed a research base in the office and has partnered with a number of academic institutions to investigate Therapeutic Placemaking, Technologically Enabled Care and Domestic Indoor Air Quality. 

andersonbellchristie.com / @andersonbellchristie

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Housing 2.0: New Technologies, Natural Materials

BY MALCOLM FRASER
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Malcolm Fraser is an Edinburgh architect whose award-winning work spans from Arts, conservation and Business to advising and empowering communities and award-winning homes and placemaking for clients from individuals to Housing Associations, Councils and volume housebuilders. He sits on the Government’s Joint Housing Supply and Delivery Group and contributes to current Land and Planning Reform initiatives, including with the Common Weal lobby group, whose Board he sits on, and with whom he is leading new policy on homes and communities. He also led the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, which sought to bring life and investment to Scotland’s urban centres, and is working on policy initiatives from Land and Planning Reform and Infrastructure initiatives through to Collective Self-Build. 

Fraserlivingstone.com / allofusfirst.com / @common_weal

Sarah Glynn
in Glasgow
Mairi Laverty
in Glasgow
Colin Turnbull
in Glasgow
Chris Morgan
in Glasgow
Jamie Macleod
in Glasgow
John Kinsley
in Glasgow
David Hanson
in Glasgow
Nick Ronan
in Glasgow
Angela Doran
in Glasgow
Malcolm Fraser
in Glasgow