Cumbernauld New Town, once voted The Worlds Best New Town by the Association of American Architects, is now consistently voted the worst town in Scotland. This project attempts to contribute to the current debate on the long term future of Cumbernauld.
Through a critical analysis of the social, economic, environmental and spatial conditions prevalent within Cumbernauld we have responded with a 53 year plan for the town centre. Using the original ‘Cumbernauld Town for Tomorrow' promotional film, produced in 1973 as a starting point for our analysis we have re-edited the visual narrative which places Cumbernauld within the context of a new European transport network and imagines the impact of this transport and distribution hub on the town centre and mega structure.
'Cumbernauld: 2059' presented as an interactive installation, set 53 years in the future, places the town at the heart of a new transport and land management system, designed to reduce Scotland's resource consumption and increase its resource production. The lives of 9 characters are presented through a series of short films exploring their daily lives within Cumbernauld in the year 2059. Means of improving transport efficiency, linking the nation's facilities and integrating new ecological strategies are all explored.
Using the original architect's drawings as a basis, seven murals were created together with an audio narrative to explore the architectural spaces within the mega-structure.
This work was produced in collaboration with Steven Orr. Photographs by Nisbet Wylie Photographs.