Considering Cohesion ("BackCourt"): The Role of Localized Media in Social Regeneration
This project looks at the potential of localized, user-generated media as a tool to support social regeneration. Rethinking how neighborhood residents share local information also presents the opportunity to rethink how such sharing could strengthen a neighborhood’s sense of cohesion. My study area was a neighborhood on Glasgow's southside called The Gorbals. The Gorbals has a long and storied history of poverty, diversity, resilience and improvement. My design solution was an interactive community space called "BackCourt" which alludes to the physical places where neighbors used to interact in previous generations. More about The Gorbals here.
My role: researcher, writer, communication designer.
Project location: New Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Project visuals: The graphics below were originally part of a large wall poster and illustrate the project journey. It is meant to be read zig-zag style, following the line left to right and then right to left. At the end you can see the thesis document that informed the poster's content.
Infographic on display at The Lighthouse: Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.
Printed and bound thesis document.
I structured my thesis document by first visualizing my process, each step on the project workflow is a chapter.
I utilized my graphic design skills to visualize research in an interesting and meaningful way.