Future tense? Johnny Rodger starts the tour with questions2 min
It's complicated4 min
The changing fortunes of Sauchiehall Street4 min
A concrete castle4 min
Slender elegance4 min
From neo-Modernism to Brutalism via neo-Classicism3 min
Graphic detail4 min
What is a building at risk?5 min
Art Deco undone3 min
Filling the gaps3 min
A happy new beginning5 min
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.