Scotland + Venice architects document Glaswegian ‘utopias’
October 9 2014
Four architect-led teams, directed by Reiach & Hall, are participating in a month-long residency in the Italian city with the second group assessing how Glasgow’s grid iron city centre has adapted to the 20th century.
The scope of this work encompasses the Anderston Centre, College of Building and Printing and the Glasgow Dental Hospital as they were built together with the mercifully never implemented 1945 Bruce Plan and later Highways Plan of 1965.
In a specially commissioned paper the team outline the influences which inspired such thinking and carry the last interview with the late Professor Andy MacMillan.
Neil Gillespie, design director at Reiach and Hall, said: “In truth Glasgow is Scotland’s only city that approaches a metropolis. It is marked by strong Victorian development of a Georgian mercantile grid. The group have explored in some depth how the architects and developers of the 1960s took the Glasgow grid to literally new heights. It is a fascinating and revealing piece of research.’’
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