Collaborative Urban Path: Aberdeen, Scotland 2017
Aberdeen City Council hosted, for the second year, architecture students from University of South of Florida, Robert Gordon University and International College Robert Gordon University for a summer workshop focused on urban and architecture challenges around the silver city.
During the 2016 workshop students investigated new opportunities for creating urban regeneration around the city centre and worked on four main areas, Waterfront and Footdee, Castle Gate, Bon Accord Gardens and Golden Square. The projects aimed to bring new ideas of using these spaces through a specific programme of different and new functions and through a balance between regeneration, historical places and re-designed sense of identity.
All solutions followed the idea of a project as a path, a renewed idea of visual connection in between the city, restoring the underused spaces with different activities for the citizens.
This summer 2017 students aimed to complete masterplan of public spaces of Aberdeen related to two areas, “Aberdeen gateway, Union Square and the City Centre” and “At the edges of Aberdeen, Hazlehead Park and its buildings between history and nature of a country”. Both projects in the city centre and in the park, are strategies in harmony with the cultural context, where enhancing and providing new architecture themes means working on relations and creating stronger gateway experience for people and tourists in order to improve the first image and impression of the city urbanity and the park.
The workshops are thought as a strong collaboration between local authorities and academia where the results are new opportunities to contribute to the urban and social priorities. These results represent cognitive contributions, reflections and prefiguration of a possible urban scenario that may define the future guidelines for the next city regenerations.
- Summer 2017