Glasgow is the prime British example of the industrial city. This lavishly illustrated book traces its architectural and social-economic history from its merchant origins, right through the nineteenth and twentieth-century urban decline, and onwards to its present, much celebrated regeneration.
Accounts by leading architectural and civil engineering historians describe Glasgow's phases of growth and change and the building ventures through which these changes were realised. Outlining the conservation programmes currently underway to preserve the former tenement slums, the grander suburbs and the historic merchant centre, they reveal why Glasgow is now recognised as the 'finest surviving example of a great Victorian city'.
This new edition offers the reader an insight to Glasgow at the Millennium, covering the most recent scholarship and opinion, and looking to the future of Glasgow in the coming century. A new concluding chapter introduces three sites crucial to the future forming of the city - the Gorbals, the river and the east of High Street.
This book will be a useful case study for students of architecture and planning, and an enlightening read for all those fascinated by the fabric of the city.
Contents: Review:Much has been written about Glasgow, past and present, so it reassuring to conclude that this latest addition to that literature provides some new, or enlarged, insights at various levels of spatial, temporal and explanatory detail ... There have been other noteworthy works on the architecture of the city but a text dealing largely with the form of Glasgow and its meaning from the viewpoint of architects is both original and, on many occasions, enlightening
Notes on Contributors
Preface to the Second Edition
1. The Forming of the City
2. Origin and First Growths
3. Glasgow's New Towns
4. Glasgow and the Clyde
5. The Victorian Suburb
6. Glasgow Improvements, 1866-1901
7. The Tenement City
8. Between the Wars
9. Comprehensive Development and Housing, 1945-75
10. Conservation and Restoration
11. The Post-industrial City?
12. Beyond the Centre
13. Postscript (1999): The Re-forming of the City
- Town Planning Review, [Review of the first edition]