In this project, I am exploring the complicated history of Red Road Flats - perhaps, the most discussed and idealised council estate in Glasgow. A housing complex of six 31-storey and two 27-storey blocks was perpetually praised or loathed since it was built in the 60s. The towers gained an intriguing range of conflicting opinions and became the great symbols of grandiose post-war urban housing policy (alas, doomed to decline). However, in 2015 the last standing towers were eventually demolished. But what legacy have they left for the contemporary society, and how does the estate persist in the collective memory?
While taking into practice diverse research methods, including investigation of social media archives, physical and digital (Google Maps - Red Road Flats are still there!) site visits, I am working towards a publication which takes a form of a mix-and-match book - aiming to reflect on the complexity of the "conceptual" Red Road Flats and their ever-changing image. How can a building become such a controversial metaphor for the urban dreams, reflecting both utopian and dystopian fantasies?












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