lasgow is scrubbing up in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Shop-fronts are being painted, banners erected and open spaces enhanced. However, the preparations are not purely cosmetic. The re-use and enhancement of existing venues such as Scotstoun Sports Centre and Cathkin Braes Country Park is based on a
RMJM’s Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village is a world-class housing project for Glasgow’s neglected East End, writes Jude Barbour
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pragmatic sporting strategy that has already seen a significant increase in local access to facilities. Unfortunately, the city also hosts the mundanely bombastic Emirates Arena and hostile East End Regeneration Route. These projects scream of historic bad planning and development that fly in the face of current thinking and national design policy.
Above The Commonwealth Games Athletes Village sits alongside the Clyde in Glasgow’s East End
So, among the complexities and contradictions associated with delivering an international sporting event, it is heartening to see that the most ambitious and significant building project of the 2014 Commonwealth Games is a new residential neighbourhood in Glasgow’s East End. These properties will host 6,500 athletes during the games, before being >> 39
Article in Architects Journal magazine 11.07.14 Photographs accompanying feature article by Jude Barbour on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Ga...