As part of their Spatial Planning Strategies project, Kevin took the international group of MSc students around the Port Dundas and Sighthill areas in February, to gain an appreciation of the complexities of the challenge. Although the weather was bleak, the students learnt about the scale, connectivity and environmental challenges, including advice from regeneration specialists Brian McGraw and Gary Watt. Here they are up at the Sighthill Standing Stones, overlooking the motorway.
Working in mixed groups of three or four people, and drawing upon a series of specialist lectures, they went on to develop their own distinctive approaches to redeveloping and transforming the area.
The strategies, which the teams devised and submitted formally, were then presented to an expert audience at the University at the conclusion of the project. Ideas ranged from new bridge and station infrastructure, to new residential neighbourhoods on the hills, new employment, temporary uses, and outdoor leisure along the ‘go ape’ model. One of the groups successfully went on to receive the RTPI prize at a special ceremony, awarded by representatives of the RTPI West of Scotland chapter.