COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY !!! HELP PLEASE Just a wee circular to highlight there is an interesting and worthy renewables venture to dump some money into within the next 10 days. U can do it here :- Background :- Between 2017 and 2019 my practice - Retool architecture - conducted a year long consultation into Community interest in providing Renewable Energy on a number of local Buildings. The process was allowed for by Architecture + Design Scotland’s -“ Making Places “ scheme + You can see the final consultation report here. Effectively - The vast majority of people consulted said they wanted to see buildings like Glendale Primary school be powered more sustainably. We built a model and issued simple engagement tools that eased participation. The kids and Parents planted a concentration of Renewable flags at Glendale Primary School. Joe Smee from Local Energy Scotland was watching and gave me a prompt to pre register any possible buildings that might be able take solar panels for The UK governments - last round of - Feed in Tarrif. A scheme which incentivised the uptake of renewable Energy. As a practice, we dropped everything and jumped through the hoops in a matter of weeks and Glendale Primary school was registered with a day to spare. Then Following hearing Richard Witney of On-site Generation speak at the CARES conference, having met Ellie Harrison and with a view to actually meeting the installation deadline, I jumped on to the Board of Glasgow Community energy ( GCE) where Ellie was Chair. Every administrative obstacle you could imagine was put in the way, as it was Glasgow City Council,s first Community request for renewables on a building in their ownership. On the GCE Board we had a member from the Edinburgh Solar Co op, - Jim Lee ( Energy for All ) who provided a pro forma accepted in Edinburgh, that aided with bureaucratic dead ends and legal obstacles. We took no prisoners, ignored the dead ends and despite the pandemic- we won the day. Solar panel Installations were completed on the roofs of Glendale Primary School in Pollokshields and on Ashton Secondary school in Easterhouse. These 2 schools are now generating renewables and lowering their Carbon foot print where 6 other strong contenders did not make it through the bureaucracy. What’s the share offer money to be used for ? Glasgow Community Energy have borrowed half of the installation costs and are looking to clear costs of 30 K through this community focussed share offer. The Governments “ Feed in Tarrif” for each unit of clean electricity produced will generate income for GCE and that Income is to be distributed to other worthy arts culture and Energy projects through a city wide community benefit programme. GCE Is a not for profit organisation and the majority of Board members including me contribute on a voluntary an£ non transactional basis. You can Invest anything from £ 50.00 to £ 5 000.00 By following the link on this flier. Investing in this is not about making money, it’s about investing in accelerating change toward the saving of this lovely planet. With these first buildings fully through process, there can be more of the same and the next more radical projects will start to evolve. Be quick. Andy Mc
A LISTED REFURBISHMENT WORKS In January to May 2021 - We have been surveying drawing and making proposals through Listed Building Consent Process that will protect - Alexander Thomson's - Lorne Terrace of 1870 These precious tenements have to find a way through the Climate crisis with all the other infrastructure. WE are looking a detailed look at the windows and Heritage sensitive upgrade.
PANDEMIC PROCESS over 6 Months in 2020 whilst all was locked down - Me and daughter Holly with help from Julia Bauer completed this Community Focussed installation signalling the end of the Mark Makers project. It has since been repurposed by a new project called the Bowling Green. See Mark Makers + 12 lock down tasks in Portfolio section of this website for fuller story. So proud of the work of 12 year old Holly and the amazing Julia.
Remediation at StoneByres Orchard has meant finding a new Home for 400 sqm of Glass house in Ayrshire - Therebye creating a Strong Green legacy for the new Build before we even start construction. There is also a hectare of new ecological space and 2.5 hectares of protected Oak Woodland in homage to nearbye Cadzow. + Happy badgers and birds
GOVAN + GDANSK Exchange
Northern European Waterfront Heritage Zones Network.
The practice is part of this network and contributes to an exemplary cross border and multi disciplinary knowledge exchange . The aim of the network is to enable the 2 cities to "compare notes" on authentic Industrial narratives being missed by top down process.
The exchange seeks to share and offer exemplary emerging heritage related practice that pushes boundaries .
In summer 2016 there will be a series of events in Gdansk and we hope to visit to Gdansk and take something y way of exchange with us. Watch this space.
Gdansk; with its daily skyline ballet of working cranes, is under threat and currently providing counterpoint .in its efforts to protect its Heritage.
Gdansk Shipyard is presently helping Retool its architecture, by awakening appreciation of Industry, products, real landscape and people.
'Whilst in Gdansk on the exchange in August 2015 ; we had the pleasure of being shown first hand , the buildings infrastructure and intangible heritage that our exchange partners have been battling on for 7 years now.
Critical Heritage Dialogue is underway and will culminate in conference, to which we will contribute.
20-21 January 2017, Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Top down meets bottom up in post-industrial regeneration: Good practice and challenges in participatory approaches to community engagement in city planning.
As seen above one of the Shipbuilding sheds of the Tool makers street show the attenuation to detail in these working buildings of brick and Iron.
LEARNING FROM GDANSK - Our Polish partners have fought and achieved protection for the remaining 50% of 270 hectares of Shipyard. They have pushed this via creativity and determination at national government level .
The 50% that has evaded the wrecking ball, is under their considered gaze All the usual suspects are around seeking to demolish and invade the public / Industrial realm with the private waterside interest !!! However Architect - Jacek Dominicak is busy with his "dia logic" space tool illustrating the importance of public over private .
Gdansk is reengaging its medieval city with the very thing that generated it - a trading port and ship building facility.
The debate is live and Dr Roman Sebastyanski is busy rewriting the narrative of Shipyard ... as a living breathing entity , "The very idea of Shipyard , is becoming of value in itself. " ShipYard is hotter than rivet ! "
Conservator of Industrial apparatus Valdemar Affelt is busy commodifying every last rivet and pushing the human association and culture of riveter through into the realm of ICH.
Govan and Glasgow have much to learn from Gdansk .
STOP PRESS - Gdansk - Cutting edge Solidarity Centre wins European Prize.
See link below for the latest news from Gdansk.