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Previous study of studentification in Glasgow provided me with the chance to think of its impact on Partick, and then focus on a brownfield site in Glasgow Harbour. Through lens of heterotopia, the main problem caused by studentification was a loss of identity. Then this project studied the history of Partick, concluding the identities of Partick. Considering the existing social conflict, the design put emphasis on the creation of social housing in the form of tenement, low-income collective housing. This new neighbourhood could tackle the issues that local residents faced physically and mentally. The precedent study of Kop Van Zuid and Crown Street Project help clarify the method and goal of this project. Furthermore, the macro strategy is proposed to connect Glasgow Harbour with Partick. The micro strategy is based on the specific accommodation schedule and residential buildings. The most essential result is the interpretation of architectural principles from traditional tenements. The principles could be concluded as the collective type of housing, the ‘close’ as a social space, spatial order, apartments’ connection with streets and gardens, etc. And the design responds to most of the principles, while there are still some left. Future improvements are expected to result in an improved understanding of these principles and the impact of family life on spaces.

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This thesis will utilise a housing project to explore the role of architectural identity as response to the challenges of studentification in Partick, Glasgow. The thesis develops from the understanding of Partick as a heterotopia. The main purpose is to investigate methods for designing contemporary social housing. Specifically, the project aims to connect the social housing with traditional tenements, reinforcing the identity of Partick.
The overall structure of the study takes the form of three parts. Firstly, our group strategy identifies an area in Partick as a student enclave, analysing the impact of students on Partick. Following group work, this project starts from the research of a universal defect, a loss of identity, in heterotopias. The second section is concerned with the methodology used for this project. In this investigation, I propose a novel method to determine the identity of Partick. The existing body of research on identity reported by Ramos (2019) suggests that the identity is useful in understanding the local landscape. Chapter three begins by two precedent studies, learning design methods from Kop Van Zuid and Crown Street Project. The remaining part looks at the social housing design specifically, demonstrating my interpretation of contemporary working-class housing.

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