Glasgow, United Kingdom

A Brisk Walk: Buildings at Risk

A Brisk Walk: Buildings at Risk

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12 tour stops



Future tense? Johnny Rodger starts the tour with questions

2 min

520 Sauchiehall Street

It's complicated

4 min

Footnotes: from 520 to Lion Chambers

The changing fortunes of Sauchiehall Street

4 min

Lion Chambers

A concrete castle

4 min


Slender elegance

4 min

Footnotes: Hatrack to Typographical House

From neo-Modernism to Brutalism via neo-Classicism

3 min

Typographical House

Graphic detail

4 min

Footnotes: Clyde Street to Peacocks Tearoom

What is a building at risk?

5 min

Peacock's Tearoom

Art Deco undone

3 min

Footnotes: from Trongate to Clay Pipe Factory

Filling the gaps

3 min

Clay Pipe Factory

A happy new beginning

5 min

Thank you and credits

A collaboration



Silent, empty, enigmatic and often full of potential. Derelict buildings deserve a second look. This architecture tour with a difference invites you to explore the strange beauty and hidden promise of seemingly forgotten buildings.

Come with Johnny Rodger, Professor of Urban Literature at Glasgow School of Art, on a trail exploring past, present and future of six very different buildings – from ornate Victorian to minimalist 1960s modernism – in Glasgow city centre.

Symbols of boom, bust and bumping along, every empty building has a story to tell. There are hints of personal dramas in crumbling walls and fading signs. Sadness, perhaps, behind blank or shuttered windows.

But it's not all doom and gloom. New use for derelict buildings can transform streets and bring new life to neighbourhoods round them.

A Brisk Walk is a collaboration between Architecture and Design Scotland and Walking Heads and was specially made for the Festival of Architecture Scotland 2016.

Itinerary 4.5 km / 1:30

Offline map included

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