Eco/Archive

This project brief began with our Slice allocations, slivers of the Glasgow city grid where we were given the freedom to design our own temporary interior interventions. Our only other requirement was that we used a faux fur material within our design proposal. My assigned plot, site 3, and its surrounding context provided the inspiration for the final form of my intervention – the Eco/Archive.

In its early stages, this project was heavily informed by nonhuman user perspectives, of the birds that occupy the nearby Garnethill Park. It was important to me that the intervention had minimal environmental impact during its brief life cycle. During the ideation process, I kept in mind the temporality of the space I was designing: the installation is in place for one year, mirroring the migration cycle of birds and their nesting patterns.

The final intervention is an educational nature “archive” that aims to build eco-literacy among Glasgow’s youth population, and is mutually beneficial to the nonhuman users of Garnethill Park.

Site Sound Mapping

My first introduction to the site was during a workshop on sensory mapping, where I conducted a “sound walk,” and recorded the sounds of the nearby busy streets, traffic, and Garnethill Park’s natural hustle and bustle. On my inital visit, a large colony of pigeons had taken up residence on the human infrastructure of the park, adapting lampposts into nests, and picnic tables into landing zones.

Site Context

This diagram unfolds the surrounding corners at the intersection of Hill and Rose Streets, the context of the site. Notable spots include the park and the Church of St. Aloysius. The proximity to both centers of education and green space makes the Haldane Building an ideal site for my proposed intervention.

Exercise in Gathering

When narrowing down the activity that dictated the design of my installation, it was suggested to me to go on a timed walk around the park to gather my own loose natural materials. The process slowed me down significantly, and I found myself paying closer attention to my surroundings than I would normally. I wondered why I was drawn to what I was drawn to, or how a child’s array of selections would differ.

Collection Matrix

This matrix models the unique process of gathering, its own type of curation, and the individuality expressed in every decision. It is the basis for the digital archive element of the installation.