Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.

Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.
Image by Cameron Lyall, GNU license Wikimedia

22 July 2011

Reflecting and Moving Forward

We’ve made our way around the country and ventured outside of it, reflected on our home base of Indiana, and now that it is coming to a close I have come to an understanding of what postindustrial Scotland is, and there isn’t one definable answer.
Different areas of Scotland have become postindustrial in a variety of ways, from the reclamation project in Dundee, to the new national archives in Edinburgh, to Glasgow’s newer west side and strong industrial past, to the Falkirk Wheel and the urge for better, more unique libraries in places like Aberdeen and Birmingham (I know, it’s in England, shh).

Each of these places has given new insight into how a place and a people reshape to become what we call postindustrial. Postindustrial is innovative, renewable, mega, rooted, environmentally and community conscious, compact, attractive, inviting, clean, informative, educational.

From my experiences in Scotland, I have come to learn more about what it means to be postindustrial as defined by places, people, and communities. By observing the present transition from the past we can better understand what the next global change will be as we move from postindustrial to…?

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