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Old June 6th, 2011, 05:10 AM   #81
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wow.. this is one extensive coverage and yes
I'm led to say Glasgow is a great city.
I love those old fine architecture.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 02:34 AM   #82
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...and some more

Pacific Quay is an area of former riverside shipbuilding and industry. After much neglect the area has begun to be repopulated with digital media companies, television studios and offices, as well as the Glasgow Science Centre with adjoining Imax cinema.

Science Centre and observation tower.


Futurescape


Observation tower reflection


Details of the BBC Scotland building, by David Chipperfield Architects


Looking downriver toward the Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum and Glasgow Harbour residential development behind.




The SECC Clyde Auditorium (nicknamed The Armadillo by locals, for obvious reasons) across the river. Designed by Norman Foster, who has also designed the under construction Scottish National Arena, which is what all the cranes are for.






The Armadillos Mouth



Thought that should provide a contrast to all the Victorian stuff, in case anyone got the idea there was nothing new going on in the city at all!
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Old June 8th, 2011, 11:43 PM   #83
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Love these redeveloped areas, the modern side of the city is really pretty.

Btw, you shouldn't be afraid of street photography, I'm sure Glasgow has plenty to offer in that field.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #84
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Haha if by that you mean wierd shit going on outside then yeah I think we get our fair share. I'll try and hone my skills :P
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Old June 10th, 2011, 04:27 AM   #85
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No, I didn't mean that. I firmly believe that cities are made of buildings but they are especially made of people, so I'm sure Glasgow's people can offer some pretty cool street scenes.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #86
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Wow! That new developments look great!
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 03:26 AM   #87
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Thanks guys!

Okay, so now we have what I fear will be a horribly boring update; the photos here are primarily of Glasgows tenement buildings. Unlike in some countries where "tenement" is often used synonymously with "slum", in Scotland tenements are simply a common form of housing. Due to Scotlands historic land ownership laws, up until the suburbanization and internationalisation of architecture begun after WWII, the main form of urban housing was in the form of apartment buildings, based around a common stairwell with flats accessed directly off the stair landing on each floor. Although demonized during the 50's and 60's as slums (and many were) in reality they were and still are inhabited by many different types of people, rich and poor, young and old. In recent years new urban housing schemes have been built to tenement scales and forms, as architects have recognized the value of the tenements density, flexibility, and excellent relationship between public and private space in an urban setting.

I've got a personal interest in seeing the "fabric" of cities... i.e. the inner city and inner suburban areas which make up most of it, as I think this is where the true character of cities lie... outside the grand architecture of offices and hotels in the city centres.

So here is Glasgows urban fabric... in the form of its tenements, plain and decorated, run-down and fixed-up, rich and poor, old and new.

































































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Old July 16th, 2011, 04:37 AM   #88
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Some pictures in and around the IFSD, the city's main financial/office area.

Central Station side


Looking up Hope Street
















The area was previously an area of warehousing and business related to the nearby river, once busy with ships. Some of these warehouses still stand, others since demolished or left as empty shells.










Land to the southwest of the area was scheduled for office and hotel use, continuing the success of the rest of the area. Unfortunately global recession killed off these plans, and much of the land is either of low density use or increasingly overgrown wasteground. The towering motorway viaduct along the western edge of the site adds to the somewhat surreal atmosphere.




This developer has since went bust.


Some of the streetscapes around here are eerily similar to that of lower-tier US cities.







Old school building... the motorway flyover to the rear passes within a few feet of the building itself.


Mixed-use tower












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Beautiful.....thanks.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 02:05 PM   #90
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Thanks Linguine!
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Old July 16th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #91
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I love old building transformed into offices!
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Old July 17th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #92
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Science Centre and observation tower.


Futurescape

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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:14 PM   #93
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A couple more pics of noteworthy places.

The infamous Red Road tower blocks.

Kilmacolm, the rural retreat of the Glasgow rich, underneath Ben Lomond.

A view over the South Side

Greenock, Glasgow's Port


I for one can't wait for the new Travelodge on sauchiehall street. It's a heaven and hell difference between the reclad render and the old horrible grey thing. I'll try and find a picture.

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Beautiful updates!
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Old July 25th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #95
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Thanks everyone!

And thanks for the images Copper, and yeah although I'm not massively convinced by the render for the new cladding, it's definitely an improvement on what was there. My main worry is that it'll age just as badly as the old cladding.


Some pics from the Merchant City Festival, held every year in this part of town, with an outdoor market, events and music.





























Street performers, loved these guys.
































The building on the right, now bars and restaraunts, was previously the city's produce market... hence the colourful fruit basket sculpture on top.






Commonwealth Games event stands, could only really get a good shot of the boxing one.


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Old July 30th, 2011, 06:12 AM   #96
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See? I said Glasgow wouldn't disappoint when it came to street scenes.

Seems like a lovely event.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 07:53 AM   #97
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I'd love to see inside the famous Buchanan Tea Rooms (The Willow).
Anyone here ever gone into Sloane's for a drink? Oldest bar/restaurant in Glasgow.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 03:01 AM   #98
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Thanks guys!

Porto: It's a great event, and has been getting bigger year on year. Hopefully it'll one day lead to a regular weekly market.

Taller: I can't speak for the Willow Tea Room (which is bad since I once worked in a tea room, though a much more modern affair) but Sloans is a good atmosphere, likely from the mixed crowd it attracts thanks to its 'oldest bar' status (something it actually has competition for from a neglected, dodgy old pub on the Eastern edge of the city centre which claims to date from an "Ancient Staging Post and Hostelry, built 1515", but the modern establishment there was founded 1810 and anyway it's not the kind of place you'd want to relax in)

The best thing about Sloans is the weekend market they hold in the lane the bar is in... just around the corner from the main shopping street with flashy retail frontages it's a real breath of fresh air.

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Anyway, a few general photos to keep things rolling...

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Old August 2nd, 2011, 06:31 AM   #99
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Thanks for also showing the Old College Bar! Does look a bit ragged about the edges... but I'd still pop in for a pint!
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Scotland's definitely on my bucket list.
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