Tenements Talking – A Walking Workshop on Tenements’ Change over a Hundred Years

Tenements Talking, a walking workshop on Glasgow tenements’ change over the years, invites you to walk with us among the tenements and listen to their tumultuous stories.

During the workshop, we will walk among the tenements as living monuments of the change of Glasgow’s urban scene within the last century. We will discuss tenements’ stories starting from their construction and moving to the rent strikes which took place in Glasgow tenement neighbourhoods and spread over the UK. We will also discuss tenements’ adaptation to modern life and technology over the years.

The workshop will be active discussion platform rather than a tour.

We will meet in front of Hillhead Subway Station and go to nearby tenement neighbourhood where the workshop will take place.

Tenements Talking is part of Architecture Fringe Festival.

Please register via eventbrite.

 

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Enjoying the Mundane: A Photo Series

Mundane, dull, routine, ….

Although the world is full of wonders, our everyday life is pretty much mundane. However, if we know where to look, everyday life may be pretty amazing.

Here I present you some urban scenes that I found gratifying within everyday routine of our lifes.

Click here to check! Enjoy!

UrbanitAs: Urban Animals as Other City-dwellers, Glasgow Edition

UrbanitAnimals. We live side by side. We call them pests, vermins, #mprracoon, pets, …

As a common human behaviour, we exterminate the ones we afraid of, and do everything to keep the ones we like around. The only thing we cannot do is to accept them as city-dwellers, just like us humans.

We are probably too late to acknowledge that we are just another species dwelling here on this planet. But, perhaps realising that we live side by side with a bunch of others, even in the most human-made environment (aka cities), may change our perspective.

This edition is dedicated to UrbanitAs living in the mighty city of Glasgow, and will be updated due course.

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UrbanitAs: The Other City Dwellers aka Urban Animals, Turkey Edition

UrbanitAnimals. We live side by side. We call them pests, vermins, #mprracoon, pets, …

As a common human behaviour, we exterminate the ones we afraid of, and do everything to keep the ones we like around. The only thing we cannot do is to accept them as city-dwellers, just like us humans.

Here I present you UrbanitAs: The Other City Dwellers aka Urban Animals. This is a photo series formed by the photos I took at different times and in several cities. I believe we are too late to acknowledge that we are just another species dwelling here on this planet. But, perhaps realising that we live side by side with a bunch of others even in the most human-made environment (aka cities) may change our perspective.

I was in Turkey and visited various cities. This edition is dedicated to UrbanitAs living in Turkey, “my lonely and beautiful country”.

 

 

UrbanitAs: The Other City Dwellers aka Urban Animals, Sweden Edition

UrbanitAnimals. We live side by side. We call them pests, vermins, #mprracoon, pets, …

As a common human behaviour, we exterminate the ones we afraid of, and do everything for keeping the ones we like around. The only thing we cannot do is to accept them as city-dwellers, just like us humans.

Here I present you UrbanitAs: The Other City Dwellers aka Urban Animals. This is a photo series formed by the photos I took at different times and in several cities.

I believe we are too late to acknowledge that we are just another species dwelling here on this planet. But, perhaps looking around while strolling on the streets and realising that we are already living with a bunch of others side by side even in the most human-made environment (aka cities) may change our perspective.

I was in Sweden for a conference and visited Uppsala and Stockholm. This edition is dedicated to UrbanitAs living in (and mostly flying over ) these two cities of the North.

 

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BEAUTÉ BRUT: Preston Bus Station

Completed in 1969 by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson, a pair of architects working for British firm Building Design Partnership (now known as BDP), the 170-metre-long structure became the largest bus station in Europe and a poster child for the Brutalist style.

The colossal scale of the structure – it boasts 40 gates for double-decker buses on both its east and west sides – is seen as both the building’s greatest feature and, by some, its failing. It faced demolition in 2013, following reports that a much-needed renovation could cost as much as £23 million due to the size of the project. But its popularity amongst both local residents and architects led to a heritage listing that blocked any future redevelopment of the site. (Dezeen)

Now, as its renovation is completed, it’s plain that the bus station deserves to stand alongside the other robust civic masonry that Preston, like many industrial cities, boasts: the neo-Greek Harris Museum and Art Gallery; the Edwardian baroque Sessions House. (Guardian)

Preston Bus Station by Building Design Partnership

Preston Bus Station by Building Design Partnership

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Image Credits: Wikipedia, Lancashire Council, 20th Century Architecture, Dezeen, Tom Clarke, theplanner

London Housing Density Map

A great map released by Emu Analytics showing housing density in London!

The map also consists of various layers to overlay such as tube lines and stations, non-residential building heights and boroughs.

The map provides valuable şnfo for researcher, activist and alike to understand severe housing issues in London. Click here or below to check it out.

BEAUTÉ BRUT: The Brunswick Centre, London

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The Brunswick Centre – an early experiment in planned mixed-use development of housing with retail and commercial uses – occupies a city block between the Russell and Brunswick Square Gardens, with Coram’s Fields lying to the east. The centre is well served by the nearby Russell Square underground station. (academyofurbanism)

 

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The site was originally occupied by Georgian townhouses on the estate of the Foundling Hospital. During the mid 1950s this was bought by a private developer whose plan from the outset was to clear the site to make way for two 25-storey tower blocks containing luxury flats and retail. These proposals were resisted by the borough of Camden and the developer was recommended to the consult the renowned post-war architect Leslie Martin. He championed low rise development and maintained that an equal density of development could be achieved on the site with two parallel blocks. At this stage he handed the project to Patrick Hodgkinson to take forward. (academyofurbanism)

Development commenced in 1967 and was finally completed in 1972. However, the original developer went bankrupt during construction and the project was sold to Sir Robert McAlpine construction. The housing element was bound into contractual obligations and completed as per the original design. After the 1964 general election, furnished tenants were given security of tenure, and Camden Council agreed to rehouse in social housing all existing tenants. (academyofurbanism)

 

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The compound appeared in various popular media pieces such as in the movie The Passenger (1975) as Jack Nicholson visiting the centre and even the Finnish group Lodgers wrote a song for the Brunswick Centre. It has been more than a half of a century, it is still alive and kicking!

(Image Credits: e-architect, Guardian, londonist, academyofurbanism, timeoutlondon,

The Battle of Chalkboards, Glasgow Pubs

Pub chalkboards: funny, authentic, vulgar, cynical, attention-seeking, and more 😀

However they are, they are always of my interest, and the great city of Glasgow is a goldmine for them 🙂

I started to take their photos as every day I pass by a pub that writes quite funny ones.

Here is a collection of pub chalkboards from Glasgow. Let the battle of chalkboards begin and enjoy! (My favourite is the number 6)

I will update the list time to time 🙂

 

 

 

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