Gabriella Togni (She/her)
Manifesto for Scarcity and Abundance is my Diploma thesis project exploring what it might be like to compare how we live in the West as the climate changes, to the devastating water scarce experiences of the Global South. Prior to my studies in Glasgow, I graduated with a First Class with Honours in Architecture and Environmental Engineering (CIBSE I/RIBA I) in May 2017 and I undertook a Part 1 position at AHMM for two years. I have a passion for social and environmental architecture, and these facets are integral to my design practice which I hope to develop further in my graduate position.
Manifesto for Scarcity and Abundance
The thesis seeks to propose a controversial economy that profits from climate change to the benefit of the city. Situated at the high point of Glasgow, Port Dundas, the manifesto imagines a hypothetical new market created by harnessing Scotland’s natural resources in the sale of fresh water, and represents the systems required to power this new economy. The programme reinvents Dundashill and the Forth & Clyde Canal as a key node in the city and generates a new landscape to capture, treat and export water while trading on its value.
The narrative of water capture and distribution becomes a powerful symbol for the existential threats of our time. Global fresh water sources are severely under pressure, as already experienced in the Global South, in contrast with the water rich climate and culture of the West of Scotland. While rainfall patterns may evolve, water scarcity is unlikely to be a severe threat to the population of Scotland with more extreme rainfall events increasing in frequency.
There is too much water, there is too little. The proposal aims to spark debate by highlighting the tension between moving forward in our current trajectory, versus responding to the social and environmental crises and reinventing how we live.
Tutors: Miranda Webster and Thomas Woodcock