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The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

This project is about knowledge systems, especially in higher education and forms the focus of this project. How can the town and the Central Borders can strengthen educational resources and also for benefit to run in the other direction in providing skills and economic regeneration to the local community? At present students in college do not feel engaged in the local community and after graduation they often do not find compelling reasons to stay in town. This project aims to help to avoid migration, by offering infrastructure (workspace, physical HUBs and workshops facilities) and programmes (startups, incubators, and IDEA Labs). The aim is to retain talent and knowledge and reinvest in the local community to create industry that translate into economic growth for the region.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

The new railway presents many opportunities that on its opening must be used to help support the proposal. This includes an innovation park that gathers a student centre, workshop facilities, small startup, offices and exhibition spaces. We are looking to promote a regeneration of an area in town that at present is lacking connection and character. We propose a knowledge corridor, to connect the University to Galashiels downtown is a strong strategy for resilient growth. The closeness of the river is a major asset that we believe must be used as part of the project; both for its cultural and historical heritage and for its natural beauty. A series of small buildings in two sites connected by a corridor of public spaces, with different uses, together with a “river walk� will bring young entrepreneurs, local community and University departments closer together in an attempt to strengthen relationships.


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

Movement The proposed Walk Route on red line shows connection between the other existing routh path. The ‘B’ack Path’ are planed to replace with Borders Railway, so ‘The Gala Walk’, which is in red, can work as a linkage between city center and university area. Land Use The aim of the corridor is not only to connect core town centre and university areas together but also to improve the value of industrail area and Langlee community.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

Open Spaces All green areas along Gala Water represent open spaces, which is include Gala Park, Eastlands Cemetry, Rugby Football Ground and Playing Fields. The red areas show the potential locations among the other parks and also connected with blank areas that can improve to green public


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Enrique

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

Site 1 : Knowledge Hub Buildings Programme. A series of small buildings, each one with specific uses that as they proliferate, produce networks,of soft structures that maintain a strong local identity but also acting as a vehicle for development. We design for: STUDENTS Hubs Used by: Students Serves as an inspirational place for students to meet, study, make social connections and exchange ideas. Pay-by-the-day studio or purchase a semester pass and an experience the community atmosphere of working at their own pace alongside other inventive friends.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

WORK spaces Used by: young entrepeneurs Incubators / Start-ups / IDEA labs. A business incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training or office space. Business incubators differ from research and technology parks in their dedication to startup and early-stage companies.

Site 2 : College Railway Station

EXHIBITION studios Used by: students, local commu nity Galleries, art studios Multi-media studio and galleriesopen to inspired indviduals, and reflect a variety of interests and abilities. The studios are set up for classes and exhibitions. Space for cultural and artistic activities to be identified and developed. COMMERCIAL places Used by: everyone Rental spaces with commercial purposes. Small Business Development and Community Projects, Book stores, cafes, restaurants In this project we look at two examples of what development might be - the first an educational facility for knowledge exchange and technology transfer, the second a new railway station for the Textile College

Site 1 : Knowledge Hub


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Green Roof

Round Skylight

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

Skylight Adjustable Solar Panels Pond Roof

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

Adjustable Louvers

Textile College Railway Station

Prefabricated Window Units

Artificial and Natural Light

The context around this site are flood plains overspilland some residential building on the northeast. The site is located in the valley just above Gala water, the height of the valley top is about 250 m. This might cause overshadowing on the sitein the early morning and late evening, especially in the winter.

Prefabricated Stair System

Wide-flange Moment Frame Skylight Prefabricated Deck

Green Roof

Deconstruction and Reconstruction Strategy As this proposed project is midway between Galashiels and Tweedbank Station, it is designed for future expansion following the development of this educational area and ‘Knowledge Corridor’.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection

Elevator

Platform Plant Room

This new train station is set directly into the hill. Besides being a facility for train station, it has commercial use and recreational spaces.

SIPs Wall Panels

SIPs Windows Boxes

Prefabricated Interior Wall Unit

A series of semi-open spaces, green roofs and corridors, communicate the public rooms of the building. This design is the first proposal, but there is space for future expansion both east and west. The future adaptation of the building will depend on the growth and needs of the local community.

Prefabricated Steel Railings

The 3 main sustainable strategies are 1. Natural day light 2. Cross ventilation 3. Water reuse

Railway

Concrete foundation / Basement

Platforms

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

Ground Level

Exploded Axonometric View


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

The Knowledge Hub This is intended to be the host of the work spaces, exhibiton studios and student hubs, the site faces directly to Gala Water Conected to both University and the town centre, it is strategically located at the physical and virtual intersection of the two. A new bridge and the new railway passing just in front of the site give the perfect opportunity for a series of semi open buildings, highly inviting to the public, with water bodies, recreational parks and a very honest, simple architecture, focusing on its sustainable features such as water use; the use of water to produce energy and to recycle.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

Another key part of this site is its use as a educational centre, visitors can make use of its facilities to explore deeper the whole idea of water managment, glass house as well as cultural and educational activities in its gallery spaces This is the core public space of the site for raising awareness of the process, the systems and the relevance of the programme. Water recycling, along with water conservation and efficiency, can help us to sustainably manage our vital water resources. Glass floors, on-site tours, and drinking purified water directly from the source encourage visitor to look closely to the water cycles and face them to the future problematic of how to provide a dependable locally-controlled water supply Visitors can involve in a educational journey, as one of the knowledge strategies to improve social cohesiveness and resilience.


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

The Knowledge Hub This project utilises water in a series of ways. First is rebuilding the use of hydropower on Gala Water. This has strong cultural roots as the grwoth of the textile industry was based on power from the water mills along the river. The project includes a small hydrolelectric installationto generate power. However it aslo uses intepretation facilities to allow full public access to power generation.

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

Rainwater Re-Use Uses a simple stormwater collecting system (roof and infiltration) and storing it in a filtered cistern. The system is low maintanance andis a sustainable approach that can be cost-effective in the long term Recycling water on site or nearby reduces the energy needed to movewater longer distances or pump water from deep within an aquifer. Tailoring water quality to a specific water use also reduces the energy needed to treat water.

Hydro Installation: A concept design System by Silver Hydro Ltd The Water Engine is a micro-hydro unit that utilises lowhead river flow and converts it into electricity. The device operates in run-of-river systems with heads of between 0.5 and 5m A single system generates enough energy for a couple of buildings and together with solar panels we expect to cover a minimum of th 70% of the site electricity´s requirement


The Resilient Knowledge Borders Corridor Project

Saran Nakwichanon + Hugo Villalobos

+ Programme and Place + Prospectus + Prototype

links to our other projects - Forming Nexus - Knowledge Corridor - Gala Gait - Eol Gala - Cycling Gala - Textile Heritage - Gala Design Hub - Textile Tectonics - Food for Thought - The Well-being Network - The Healthy Connection Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2015

Railway Station

Detail design. The design of this space is partially underground therefore there is a need for insitu concrete. the concrete is carefully specified to lower carbon emissions in the cement manufacture and aggregate is recycled.

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