Team: Cristian Suau+Laura Petruskeviciute+Paulina Naruseviciute+Elena Pastana Goya+Cinzia Scandurra +Spyridon Pagkalis+Saba Schramko+Taina Lund-Ricard+Eoin Kavanagh+Kurt Cleary & many other MOBILELAND volunteers
Authors: Cristian Suau
Location: Glasgow, UK
Type: space activator
Building system: Reduce+Reuse+Recycle
Sponsors: BAAD, Stalled Spaces, Glasgow City Council
MOBILELAND© is a portable landscape system with structures made entirely from repurposed materials such as shipping metal containers, Euro-timber pallet boards, plastic bottles and any industrial or packaging waste. Modular components allow multiple spatial configuration and adaptive layouts depending on seasonal, events and future requirements. As result it has generated a distinctive play-place by establishing an outdoor civic arena with ludic and recreational areas, flower bag-pots and open art events. Since 2014 it has contributed to the enhancement of the urban image of Gorbals neighbourhood by addressing environmental, ecological and landscape goals through community-led placemaking. http://mobilelandglasgow.wordpress.com/
MOBILELAND© has built new capacities for spatial adventures that (re)fabricate alternative humane scenarios through ecological repairs, environmental synergies and social games at locale scale. As open play-place, MOBILELAND© offered experiential learning and exploratory research-by-doing. This learning experience is the result of radical environmental ideas, ecological experiments and landscape abilities through systemic thinking, teamwork and collaborative design ownership. My design studio titled “Radical Architecture” (Suau, 2015) used the site to experiment with new landscaping elements, land-art interventions, inflatable pavilions and demountable food kiosks through proof of concepts and 1:1 prototyping. As open source design it engaged dwellers, students and tutors in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. This learning process also implied the progressive consolidation of environmental ideas, ecological experiments and landscape abilities through systemic thinking, teamwork and collaborative design ownership.
The MOBILELAND© research design is 100% based on research-by-remaking. Methods are supported by literature review; fieldwork and in-situ workshops, site visits and interviews with municipality, local communities and housing associations; historical urban maps; satellite imagery; and studies of key precedents;
During summertime 2015, the MOBILELAND© team implemented landscape and art actions that brings a unique public intervention of sunflowers into the Glasgow’s everyday infrastructure by transforming the brownfield site into an open public garden both socially and ecologically productive. In addition, MOBILELAND© (Mobileland, 2015) was also an educational initiative which offered a regular experiential learning and practice–led research outside the academia. It engaged volunteers in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making of every–day life. This learning process also implies the progressive consolidation of environmental ideas, ecological fundaments and landscape abilities through systemic thinking, teamwork and collaborative design.