'It wis sold as utopia': Lived experience in Queen Elizabeth Square, Gorbals c. 1964-2016 | Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)


  • 5.15pm

  • Minto House, Room 4.18
    20-22 Chambers Street
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1JZ

Led by Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow) 

This paper will consider the experience of living in high-rise flats in Glasgow, with a particular focus on the Queen Elizabeth Square flats in the Gorbals, designed by Basil Spence in the early 1960s. Drawing on archival records capturing residents’ opinions of their homes from the 1960s onwards, including the pioneering work of Pearl Jephcott, it argues that a history of these buildings needs to include the voices who those who lived there as well as planners and architects.

Part of the 2017-18 Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series. The seminars are free and everyone is welcome.