Trade, Concrete and Glass.

I have lived in Scotland most of my life. One side of my family hails from Falkirk so I’ve spent a lot of time in the Central belt. Frequent trips to Glasgow have allowed me a chance to see the development of this city from the 1970s to the present. I’ve always liked the contrasts between the older Merchant sections, built on Sugar and Tobacco and the more modern grid layout sections of the city. Kingston bridge, Virginia and Jamaica, streets reveal the origins of the wealth that these Merchants once profited from. The architectural style of the 18th and 19th centuries is still evident on many of the buildings. From this inner layer the city spreads West past Buchanan Street in a grid layout to the Kingston Bridge. Personally I like the sweeping curves and fluidity of the concrete Motorway that carves a path through the city, especially now that much of it has been decorated with large scale artworks. For me the most positive aspect of the redevelopment of the city has been the Glass and steel buildings situated next to the Clyde. The Apex of this is surely the new Transport Museum by the late Zaha Hadid. The juxtaposition of this with a traditional 18th Century tall ship outside reminds visitors of the industrial past.

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