Second Wave

1.1 As lockdown relaxes, the media is awash of warnings of a deadly second wave as we head into the colder months.

If, like the Spanish Influenza in 1918-20 and the H1N1 epidemic in 2009-10, we do see another lockdown, what initiatives or products can be implemented to make isolation over the winter months more bearable?


Like many other cities in the UK and abroad, Glasgow has a wealth of social problems, and a history of darker days. How can we shed light, confront and improve our city for the future?

2.1 The Hydro and other venues within Glasgow won’t be used for at least a year due to Covid-19 - design how they might be repurposed to improve equality.

2.3 Spatial inequality ←→ Spatial equality – Some people have gardens in Glasgow - some people live in one bedroom flats. Demonstrate the effect of spatial inequality in lockdown.

2.4 COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on BAME people, and on poor communities worldwide. In parallel, Black Lives Matter protests are currently sweeping across America. We must include intersectionality as we re-imagine Glasgow. Yet many of our streets are historically named after men who have profited off the slave trade. What can we do to highlight, confront, and improve this?
Related links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45978790


Glasgow has one of the highest levels of vacant and derelict land within Scotland. How can we reactivate this land through creative initiatives?  

3.1 Messages for the mind: How can we activate vacant space with visual statements that deliver pro-mental health messaging that is specific to the pandemic, without being alarming, trite or patronising?

3.2 Choose a prominent vacant or derelict site for an agitprop intervention to advocate change through powerful messaging and design.

3.3 Glasgow's vacant and derelict land totals 1110.57 hectares. That's 957 George Squares, 95 Hampden Parks or 22 Glasgow Greens. Contextualise this.


Imagine reforming Glasgow’s industrial city to your ideal green city. What would that look like? Should we turn Glasgow’s green spaces into a forest?

4.1 What if we turned Glasgow into a national park? A greener, healthier, wilder and fairer place to live. Create a marketing campaign that will raise awareness of the initiative and inspire people to get involved.

Related links: https://www.glasgownationalparkcity.org

4.2 Glasgow biodiversity isn’t restricted to pigeons and the occasional urban fox - we have water voles, bats, peregrine falcons and a host of other creatures. Our flora and fauna is equally diverse. However, they are all under threat from urbanisation - how can we reverse that trend and protect our biodiverse community? Could we provide ‘citizenship’ for each plant, animal and tree like a Costa Rican suburb did? Or, like the Ganges River in India, can we protect the city by granting it human rights?

Related links: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/29/sweet-city-the-costa-rica-suburb-that-gave-citizenship-to-bees-plants-and-trees-aoe


As lockdown restrictions ease, social distancing remains a crucial strategy to control COVID-19. How can we make it easier for all of us?

5.1 Brand a product that will meet some of the challenges of ongoing social distancing.

5.2 Create a Highway Code for safe social distancing on Glasgow's pavements. Be serious or playful. Relate to the whole of Glasgow or a specific area. Execute in the digital world or the real world. Or both. Could it be a city-wide pavement supergraphics, a viral video or even a spatial awareness lens on Snapchat?