Deconstructing the Classroom

/ Ana Teresa Cristobal / Creative Workspace

Everyone, everywhere is seemingly changing the way they teach in our increasingly fast-paced, constantly changing, and globalised society. Many questions arise. How do we strengthen children’s individuality, and prevent schools from becoming factories for learning? Has schooling become an industrialised process, like much of our societal experience - a linear process of ringing bells, separated facilities and compartmentalised subjects simply organised by age group? Is conformity and standardisation now the most important outcome? Introducing the event, Ana Cristobal of Briefing & Interiors at Page \ Park set the contemporary context for learning and posed the question:

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Effect of Building Design on Office/Working Culture

/ David Page / Creative Workspace

It appears to us that the whilst huge efforts have gone into the fabric and floor plate efficiencies of the workspace there has been little study into whether the organisations that end up in them are well served by them.

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Down with the Kids

/ David Page / Places to Live

In August 2008 one of the last public art installations were unveiled as part of the regeneration of the Gorbals at Queen Elizabeth Square. The ‘Gorbals Boys’ bronze sculptures devised by the Gorbals Arts project made real what Oscar Marzaroli had photographed in the Gorbals in the 1960’s when he took a picture of three boys playing in their mother’s high heels in the street. The populist nature of the sculpture generated more publicity than some of the other more conceptual pieces that had been produced as part of a Gorbals ‘Artworks Masterplan’ however the underlying message was every bit as profound. In casting, almost in memorial, three boys in bronze playing in the street it highlighted as a society how we had lost our connection with public space.

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Designing Streets

/ David Page / City & Land

Think of the historic cities and towns we admire, their built form is structured by the routes and ways through. Sometimes these spaces widen to form squares and parks but what characterises them is the containment of pedestrian passage. Often it might seem these spaces have become stuffed with cars and when we look beyond these favourite places we find the new streets designed, not around the walking public, but simply, the car.

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Reconstructing the Domestic City

/ David Page / Places to Live

For almost twenty years Page\Park have been pleased to play a role in the transformation of New Gorbals for New Gorbals Housing Association. In a series of projects Chris Simmonds has directed a strategy of renewal based on incremental rather than grand gestures. The overall plan within which Page\Park has developed these housing groupings has developed from three central points, Crown Street (Piers Gough masterplan), St. Francis Church (Hypostyle masterplan) and Hayfield Street Gardens (Page\Park masterplan) each expanding out to in-mesh the neighbouring developing areas. This plan of multiple concentric development zones has resulted in a varied and rich transverse pedestrian experience and created the context for distinctive and interesting architectural contributions.

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A Practice Built on Sustainable Principles

/ David Page / Creative Workspace

From our inception we have believed in achieving the maximum benefit with the least waste of resources. Our early work in contributing to the repair of the urban tenemental fabric of Glasgow is testament to our belief that in exploiting the inherited resource, we can both sustain decent civic life and guardianship of world resources. The following projects illustrate that continued concern which now must become a way of life for us all.

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