balfron tower: a building archive
sharing access to help build a fuller understanding of the communities and spaces that make balfron tower a home

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An important resource, and exemplar of its type - Professor Jeremy Till

Balfron Tower: a building archive is a website that brings together public documents related to Balfron Tower. It presents a window to all the material which I have gathered over the course of my research. This is displayed in a timeline, from archival documents during the tower’s design phase to the most recent press articles. You can download the documents in full or view selected quotes from them which I’ve transcribed.

These documents can be intimidating; difficult to access because they are hidden behind archival protocols, journal subscription costs and labyrinthine planning portals; or difficult to understand because of bureaucratic, academic or legal language. The lack of clarity and certainty can be a source of further discomfort for those caught up in complex and contested processes of urban change.

For ease of understanding, the material is categorised under ten document types and filtered through a dozen questions. The questions are loosely grouped around three subjects; the experience of living in Balfron Tower; opinions of the tower from those outside; and how the ownership, architecture and occupancy of the tower will change following regeneration works. I hope this project can encourage exchange and new forms of interpretive engagement.

Project by David Roberts. Design by Duarte Carrilho da Graça. Developed from 2013-14, launched in April 2015.
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