Building Paisley

Educating on Architecture and Heritage

Commissioned by Renfrewshire Council, Building Paisley is a four year project which is being delivered between 2018 and 2021, each year engaging with a different primary school within Paisley to educate, inspire and engage students in architecture, design and the history of their home.

The project is split in to five key sessions: Mapping, Surveying, Drawing, Augmenting and Modelling Paisley. Over the course of these five sessions the students are introduced to the discipline of architecture and explore how it isn’t all about door schedules and house extensions.

Mapping Paisley introduces the students to their town by exploring historical maps of the town which include learning about a Scouts Map (pictured) drawn in the 1930’s which reflected, through intricate drawings dotted across it, the favourite places of the young scouts within Paisley.

This first session gets the students out of the classroom as they visit the Heritage Centre to learn about the town's history as well as making their own map, in the same way the scouts did, of their current Paisley. Split into two groups throughout the project, to give a competitive edge, the students are also asked to identify from the historical maps the parts of their towns heritage which has now disappeared and which remains.

The second session sees the students take to the High Street of Paisley, again getting out of the classroom, to explore the architectural details of the towns main thoroughfare, identifying intricate details and getting an understanding of the urban planning of the street.

The students then become the surveyors of the High Street as they use different measuring devices, digital and physical, to sketch out the sizes of the different parts of the townscape. Each primary school has been surveying a different part of High Street so that we have a set of drawings reflective of the different parts of the town centre.

Using the survey drawings from the second session the students then take part in Drawing Paisley as they sketch out at scale specific parts of the High Street. The fourth session also focuses on using these sketches but turning them into 3D objects through a number of physical models by Modelling Paisley.

The final session introduces students to how digital technologies are being used within the architectural and construction industry. Using augmented and virtual reality apps the students Augment Paisley, with a number of Paisley and Scotland focused apps, while also using ‘Magic Door’ apps (developed by Soluis) to show different architectures from throughout the world.