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Old May 20th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #21
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Absolutely outstanding!

Magnificent architecture, both old and modern. Everyone I know who has visited Glasgow has told me it's a thriving and interesting city.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 12:28 AM   #22
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I was lured into the city centre during the week with the promise of a night out; when it didn't happen, I thought I'd get some pictures to ensure it wasn't a complete waste of a trip:

Merchant City:
















City Centre:
















The 'International Financial Services District': (IFSD for short, presumably because no one actually calls it that.)






Unfortunately the recession has decimated most of the high-rise proposals in the area, but new office buildings and refurbishment of nasty mid-20th century concrete structures have succeeded in bringing much investment and jobs to the area (still quite deserted in the evenings)












Before: right - After: left












Down by the river:




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Old May 31st, 2010, 12:43 AM   #23
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Looks better than I thought. The 19th century architecture is great!
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Old June 19th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #24
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Some better pics (not much better though ) so I'm reviving this...

...lovely weather for once!
























^something of a love it or hate it building... I like it



































































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Old June 20th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #25
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Great! Quite a comprehensive guide to the city's fine architecture.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #26
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Amazing tour .
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Old June 21st, 2010, 02:31 AM   #27
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geoff and Herbie: Thanks very much
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 12:10 AM   #28
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Going west...

Blytheswood Hill

Laid out in the early 1800's, Blytheswood Hill represents the first large-scale movement of the wealthier classes to the west away from the unplanned core of the city (today the Merchant City) in a similar move to the Edinburgh New Town a few decades before. It is (obviously) set on a hill, primarily made up of Georgian townhouse accommodation dotted with more recent interventions, set on a very mini-American style grid-iron pattern of 92m x 90m (Compared to New York's 70m x 250m midtown grid)

Although established as a residential area it is, along with the Financial Services District down the hill, mainly used for office accommodation.





















At the top of the hill is Blytheswood Square...










...from which rather nice views back down to the city below can be had.






A nearby church of some note (now a bar/restaurant I believe),




And the St. Vincent Street Church, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thompson, built in 1859,






a rather more gloomy, sombre church nearby for comparison,
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 05:51 AM   #29
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Impressive, why does Glasgow get over looked during the is Manchester or Birmingham the UK's second city arguments?
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 04:47 PM   #30
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Becausee its 3rd biggest after them and is the largest city in Scotland and so doesnt really need any extra coudos.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 09:49 PM   #31
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http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m...r/STH73494.jpg

Great building, could stand on Manhattan.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 10:56 PM   #32
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An architectural smorgasbord. Although Edinburgh might still be my favourite place in Scotland.
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 02:51 AM   #33
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An architectural smorgasbord. Although Edinburgh might still be my favourite place in Scotland.
Whichever one is your favorite I find it interesting that in Scotland... a place of only 5 million people there are two cities of this quality! (no disrespect to Aberdeen etc.)
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 03:08 PM   #34
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Whichever one is your favorite I find it interesting that in Scotland... a place of only 5 million people there are two cities of this quality! (no disrespect to Aberdeen etc.)
Aberdeen and other small cities, towns and villages are nice too and unique in their own way but don't get much exposure.

I will try and post some photos of Aberdeen, "The Granite City" later today.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #35
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the sage: Agreed with Cardiff on this one. Though it may have been Second City at one point (a long time ago) it's more important for the city to focus on it's current position and strengths and carve out its own niche based on this. As another forumer posted on the Glasgow forum recently, Second City status is largely irrelevant in the UK, as after London, it's a looong way down.

AMS guy: It is indeed. Quite an important one too, one of the first prefabricated cast-iron frame buildings ever constructed.

Urbanista1: Yeah Glasgow might have the size and variety of architecture, but to me it still can't match Edinburgh's all out beauty.

JohnnyFive: I look forward to seeing them! Aberdeen is a vastly underrated city in my eyes.

Thanks for the comments everyone really ought to get out and take more photos...
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I must say Glasgow has built some of the nicest modern buildings in Britain. Certainly not major skyscrapers but it definitely has a fabulous array of midrise modern buildings. Very clean and sophisticated.
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Old August 5th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #37
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I have a few things to say about Glasgow. I'm in love with it's beautiful buildings.
ahhh Glasgow is the name of my old middle school.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 12:50 AM   #38
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Some images of the Glasgow School of Art building (built 1897-1909) by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was known for obsessive attention to detail, love of Japanese designs, stylized motifs and symbols and being years ahead of his time. It's elegant, uncluttered and functional (yet still decorated) design has been described as a precursor to the Modernist movement.

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Entrance:


Large windows to let in plenty of north light preferred by artists:




The crap across the road is thankfully/finally scheduled for demolition and replacement with something a little more, erm... good:


Eastern facade:


Western facade:




The southern side is difficult to photograph from the street, but it is a huge, gray render facade punched with smaller windows of varying size, not dissimilar to an old castle; indeed traditional Scots architecture was a big influence for Mackintosh:


As I was there, I took a few pictures of the area around the art school campus, Garnethill. Perched on a hill on the northern edge of the city centre it is quiet and oft-overlooked outside the immediate art school campus, and is mainly residential.



A little park/garden


Although with quite a few decent, interesting buildings, the area could use some TLC, but luckily the atmosphere given off is one of scruffy charm rather than dereliction


























New school buildings






It's a teeny tiny church




Lest we forget


Despite being on quite a steep hill, when the area was planned out the city grid was simply extended over the hill, rather than submitting to the contours, hence there are some pretty decent views over the West End and City Centre








just a street or two away from the noise and clutter of Sauchiehall Street
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 02:38 AM   #39
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An architecture lesson in itself.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 04:56 AM   #40
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Excellent collection of photos.

Whenever I visit I always like the area near the University, Kelvingrove and Hillhead.
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