Architecture of Analogy

Demolition of Hilltown Tower Blocks

Posted in Discourse by Cameron McEwan on August 1, 2011

”]In 2002, two 15-storey tower blocks were demolished in Lochee, Dundee. In 2006, four 17-storey blocks were demolished in Ardler. Yesterday, a further four 22-storey blocks were demolished in Hilltown. Such slabs sit in parallel rows, located in an expanse of concrete, often perceived as monuments to social discontent.

What now for this particular brownfield site in Hilltown, an edge of city centre location? High density housing that reinforces the street, includes shops and community facilities, in opposition to the vertical slabs that do little or nothing for street continuity? No, from one form of social discontent to another, plans are underway for low density, single family homes. The kind that also do little for street continuity and serve only to intensify the sprawl of the city.

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  1. Ian Pollard said, on August 1, 2011 at 12:58

    Great pics Cameron – perhaps demolition is the more profitable of our related enterprises.

    • Cameron McEwan said, on August 2, 2011 at 13:49

      Agreed, demolition is cost effective. Additionally, when considering the observations raised in the Hilltown Regeneration Strategy consultation, such as: “reducing graffiti and vandalism,” “drug users are intimidating,” and “multi’s are not safe,” it would appear that demolition is also the “right” decision.

      My primary interest is in the physical fabric. How will the site be developed? What will be the relationship of public and private housing and what are the additional facilities? How will any new proposal connect with the pattern of existing streets and the wider city?

      CM


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