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Z. Zou, 'Care for the Existing', AA Experimental 7, 2020
Student Project by Zhongshan Zou, AA Experimental 7, 2020, for 'Care for the Existing'

Historically, Glasgow and its arm's length housing associations have consistently preferred to demolish and re-build, rather than undertake the difficult, complex and labour intensive work of serious maintenance and renovation.

"There is hope in honest error, none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist."

Inspired by mackintosh, this project is an argument for an approach to regeneration and urban planning which rejects a tabula rasa approach, resists widespread demolition and rebuilding, instead, argues for a renewed investment design work, both technical and spatial. Focusing on careful, detailed and involved treatment of the existing; Looking at ways in improve spatial qualities, technical performance and extend life spans without demolition.

In this project, I argue that it would be possible to re-direct money that would normally be spent on demolition to create a maintenance strategy that retains the existing, using a permanent, inhabitable scaffolding system to both provide access for maintenance, increase thermal performance and create a plenitude of new communal spaces. These will both combat loneliness, and isolation, also keep existing communities in place and together.
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Zhongshan Zou
Intermediate Unit 7
Anthony Engi-Meacock; Giles Smith; Amicable Dall
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