Freya Spencer-Wood

Freya is on her way to become a pioneering architect and an asset for the profession.

Graduation committee - H. Khosravi, ir. H. van der Meel, A. Altes Arlandis

In her thesis project, she looked at the regeneration of the quay walls of the River Clyde in Glasgow and re-envisaged their ongoing private development in light of the cityโ€™s interrupted ecosystem, social mobility and shrinking public realm. Drawing upon histories of the city she proposed a network of infrastructural interventions that protect the river banks and associated landscapes from development whilst supporting local communities: creating spaces that share the relational characteristics of collectivity, productivity and intimacy.  

Due to their temporality, the interventions avoid and then subvert processes of privatisation: landscapes become public, practiced and dynamic, as opposed to fixed, speculated upon and privatised. As the quay walls collapse, the global city post-Brexit expands: public land can be claimed back, lines become unfixed, identities and places can emerge and evolve, north, south, east and west become more connected and our relationships with people and place can continue to evolve.