Asylum: Scottish Youth Parliament and Ministry of Education © Paschalis Kyrtsopoulos

Asylum: Scottish Youth Parliament and Ministry of Education

Paschalis Kyrtsopoulos

University of Strathclyde

Project Description

After the submission of Article 50 to the European Union, The United Kingdom faces the fear of devolution. The scenario for this project refers to the post-independent Scotland and how we can construct a government based on the idea of a direct democracy similar to models of governance in Switzerland and Canada.

The project focuses on the year 2042 and the 12 ministries that are proposed around the 10 different regions in Scotland together with regional parliaments. The example of Glasgow is examined in detail and it is proposed there be an establishment of the Ministry of Education which will work together in tandem with the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Glasgow Green and especially Calton, which is one of the most deprived areas in Glasgow, is suggested as a site for such a building mostly due the rich history in political discussion and protest, and also its location as the East gateway of the City.

Winner: The RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best 5th Year Student

He presented a bold, vigorous, dynamic, detuned, energetic proposal, with an ambitious idea about democracy. He shows architectural form without fear, through a very clear journey.
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