Design Description

MOBILELAND© is a Scottish Eco-design initiative led by Dr Cristian Suau and students from Strathclyde University. MOBILELAND© follows the legacy of NOMADIC ALLOTMENTS©, mobile urban mini-farming and gardens, which were built and deployed in the courtyards of Borough Market in London (summer 2010):

MOBILELAND© is supported by Glasgow City Council, Stalled Spaces and the University of Strathclyde.

With more and more people looking for participatory green spaces in cities to grow their own food, and waiting lists for allotments and collective gardens, a team of designers and students from the Strathclyde Department of Architecture has come up with an affordable, agile and portable solution for a modular garden system.

Coined as MOBILELAND©, this innovative garden could offer a D.I.Y. solution to create greenery in abandoned lots for various groups to establish and cultivate their own urban flora, food and ecosystems. Three small derelict sites will be animated: West street (Riverview Garden); Cathcart road (Greek Thomson) and Gallowgate (East End) in Glasgow. MOBILELAND© is versatile landscape scheme, which have the potential to enhance public space and offer community groups, schools and those without gardens their very own portion of land. Its aim is to produce pieces of radical landscape architecture based on the theme of reduce, re-use and recycle ‘on wheels’.

It is easy to install, cost very little and it can house rooms for herbs, fruits and vegetables, and also provides seating, resting and recreational areas. The design team has answered the brief with playability and originality. The ecological outputs are exciting for the city and for the local communities whose will be getting their hands dirty as they learn the challenges and recompenses of managing a public garden for real.

MOBILELAND© is made entirely from reclaimed materials such as timber Euro-pallet boards, beer crates, meshes and industrial packaging items. It will be unveiled during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Festival 2014, when planting will begin. Available in different designs and sizes depending on primary usage, they can be moved to any location within the Stalled Spaces given zone depending on seasons, events and growing needs. All modules could be located anywhere where green space is required.

mobilelands1Fig_01. MOBILELAND© locations in Glasgow 


mobilelands2Fig_02. MOBILELAND© in West street (Riverview Garden), Glasgow


mobilelands3Fig_03. MOBILELAND© in Cathcart road (Greek Thomson Glasgow), Glasgow 


mobilelands4Fig_04. MOBILELAND©in Gallowgate (East End), Glasgow


mobilelands5Fig_05. MOBILELAND© toolbox of frame types


mobilelands6Fig_06. MOBILELAND© toolbox of flora types


mobilelands7Fig_07. MOBILELAND© configuration: hen house type


mobilelands8Fig_08. MOBILELAND© configuration: funky orchard type


mobilelands9Fig_09. MOBILELAND© detail: archipelago type


mobilelands10Fig_10. MOBILELAND© live prototype








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Mobile green and art spaces creation in vacant or under-utilised Glasgow land to enliven communities. Reduce+Reuse+Recycle

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