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Commonwealth Games opening showcases city in transition

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July 24 2014

Commonwealth Games opening showcases city in transition
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games has shone a spotlight on recent regeneration efforts to be undertaken in the city of Glasgow in the six years since it was named as host city.

From Parkhead to Scotstoun the impact of this activity can be felt, as Urban Realm discovered when taking to the skies above with Dicovery World’s Waterfront Cities of the World, a travel show documenting key port cities.

Below is a snapshot of some of the key development sites which have helped serve to reshape the city.  
A steady stream of infill housing has sprung up along the western segment of Argyle Street. The bowling greens of Kelvingrove Park can be seen to the left
A steady stream of infill housing has sprung up along the western segment of Argyle Street. The bowling greens of Kelvingrove Park can be seen to the left
As well as welcome changes some less welcome developments continue to sprout as sprawl continues to eat away at countryside on the city fringes
As well as welcome changes some less welcome developments continue to sprout as sprawl continues to eat away at countryside on the city fringes

City of Glasgow College are progressing their giant new Cathedral Street campus
City of Glasgow College are progressing their giant new Cathedral Street campus
Demolition gets underway at a tower block in Gallowhill, Paisley
Demolition gets underway at a tower block in Gallowhill, Paisley

From the air the landmark dome of Foster's Hydro Arena stands out
From the air the landmark dome of Foster's Hydro Arena stands out
Hampden park has been extensively remodelled to accommodate track and field events
Hampden park has been extensively remodelled to accommodate track and field events

Only from above does the full devastation wrought on the Glasgow School of Art by its recent fire become apparent
Only from above does the full devastation wrought on the Glasgow School of Art by its recent fire become apparent
Ryder Architecture's crime campus cuts a lonely figure in Airdrie
Ryder Architecture's crime campus cuts a lonely figure in Airdrie

Ryder's 1 West Regent Street is already beefing up the city centre grid
Ryder's 1 West Regent Street is already beefing up the city centre grid
The BDP designed International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone has plugged a long-standing gap site in the Merchant City
The BDP designed International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone has plugged a long-standing gap site in the Merchant City

The giant Southern General Hospital has transformed the Govan skyline
The giant Southern General Hospital has transformed the Govan skyline
The notorious Red Road tower blocks were briefly lined up for an explosive demise during the opening ceremony. A stay of execution will see them brought down later in the year
The notorious Red Road tower blocks were briefly lined up for an explosive demise during the opening ceremony. A stay of execution will see them brought down later in the year

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