The Community Green project began as an ideas competition to explore nations of what a 21st century village green could be, using the inner-city suburb of Pollokshields, Glasgow, as an inspiration and test bed.
The aims of the project were to:
- Raise awareness about sustainable approaches to building, regenerating and reanimating a community
- Focus attention on the role that digital and other technologies, especially those that have a low environmental impact, can play creatively/artistically in the fostering of greater communication and participation within a community
- Connect, socially and geographically, the diverse areas of the Pollokshields neighbourhood in Glasgow’s Southside through the use of communication techniques.
Interdisciplinary teams of artists, architects, designers, and technologists were invited to submit proposals for public art projects that considered the role that technologies, especially those that have a low environmental impact, can play in the fostering of greater communication and participation within a community. Four teams were selected to develop their proposals into prototypes for exhibition, these were:
1. be+ (Jude Barber and Uli Enslein)
The Places In-Between is a highly re-usable flexible street furniture system adaptable for seating, trading, sheltering, playing and performing.
2. Cameron Webster Architects + Ettie Spencer
Sense of Place connects nature and the built environment through the creation of a semi-tropical forest within a large-scale greenhouse.
3. Jaxi (Simon Chadwick, Tilo Einert, Adrian Lear, Neil McGuire)
Year of the Green is a concept for a mobile green platform that travels through the centre of Pollokshields for one year.
4. Kevin Campbell, Douglas Fraser, Robert Sharp, Leo Warner
The Virtual Green project proposes the creation of an interactive 3D map sculpture of Pollokshields, located in an accessible space chosen by members of the community.
The exhibition was held at the Glasgow Science Centre in 2005, which comprised of documentation of the imaginative processes used by the teams to consult and interact with the Pollokshields community as they developed their ideas. A further exhibition was held at the Lighthouse, Scotland’s national centre for Architecture in Glasgow, and showcased the four prototypes that resulted from this experimental research.