Partick Imagination Library

To Care for a Community

I began my studies as an undergraduate at Strathclyde in 2016. This gave me the opportunity to interrogate my own, as well as society's perceptions of architecture and the construction industry. I firmly believe that architecture is for all and a societal shift is required so that it is seen as a necessity to the betterment of society rather than a luxury for the few that can afford it. At the end of Year 3, I undertook a Part 1 placement at MAST Architects and I recently graduated with a BSc Architectural Studies with First Class Honours in June 2021. 

Community refers to a group of people who share something in common. A set of circumstances, a belief or a common interest that causes them to come together. Many find strength in community and for this reason, we have an architectural responsibility to facilitate the formation and strengthening of communities within public buildings and spaces. When researching community groups and projects, I discovered 'Dolly Parton's Imagination Library'. This organisation aims to inspire a love of reading in children aged 0-5 by gifting one book per month to disadvantaged children who may not otherwise have access to reading resources. As the organisation operates from Tennessee, their local partner is Partick Housing Association, who receive and distribute books on their behalf.

This project aims to conceive the 'Imagination Library' Typology by developing a programme that combines the functions of DPIL and their local partner organisation. This will create a set of spaces that provide a  community for young families in Partick centred around the belief that everyone should have access to reading resources in every stage of their lives regardless of their position within society.