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James

BBC commissions 3D visualisation of Glasgows Bruce Plan

BBC commissions 3D visualisation of Glasgows Bruce Plan (© Urban Realm)

The BBC has published details of an upcoming documentary which is set to lift the
lid on some of Britain’s most megalomaniacal architectural schemes; including an
insane bid to demolish Glasgow, an overweening scheme to route warships and cargo
vessels between Edinburgh and Glasgow by canal and a crazy 10 mile long Victorian
arcade in London.


Unsurprisingly none of these schemes were ever built but that hasn’t stopped the
BBC from commissioning creative studio Playdead and production company Timeline
Films to raid the archives and build the next best thing – a series of 3d models of
the egotistical pipedreams.

Amongst those schemes selected for inclusion is Glasgow Corporation’s infamous 1945
Bruce Plan, a dystopian vision penned by the then city engineer, Robert Bruce.

Whilst the city centre was largely spared such ravages, thanks largely to an enfeebled
post war economy, many inner city districts were less fortunate and give an inkling as to
what it would be like to venture down the streets of an alternate Glasgow where the plan
had been realised in full.

This would have seen the city centre dominated by serried ranks of uniform concrete tower
blocks marooned in a wasteland of grass – a monotonous landscape punctuated only by
the occasional civic building.

Commenting on the visualisations Playdead co-director Jonny Harris told Urban Realm: “We
took all the original paper plans and then using the dimensions from that information we’ve
created a 3d interpretation of what Glasgow would look like, including fly through’s of the city
to give an idea of how different it would have been.

“As part of this we took a shot of George Square and mimicked one of the buildings
being demolished and then a new building being built in its place, to demonstrate just how
drastic it was. As far as we’re aware we’re the first people ever to create a 3d visualisation
of the Bruce Plan.”

Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain, is a three part series airing from 12 August at 21:00 on BBC4.






James H
DavidMcD316

forgot to say thanks for the heads up.
series linked this last night
cybers

It would never have worked ... the council hate grass !
Alex Glass

I see they are putting the grass back in George Square Cybers. Not that I agree with their action. I think they have got it all wrong.      

But it would never have worked the way Bruce planned as you can see what has happened to the north of the city which was cut off by the M8 and I don't think anything Bruce planned would have avoided that.
James

The Bruce Plan wasn't featured in last nights episode - Geoffrey Jellicoes  
farcical and terrifying Motopia was - but there's two episodes to come in the
next two Mondays.



James H
cybers

Alex Glass wrote:
I see they are putting the grass back in George Square Cybers. Not that I agree with their action. I think they have got it all wrong.      



All the grass has been scraped off and is piled up at the side of their stone borders just now so it must be a returfing when the works are done. Just a pity you no longer have your prime vantage point for updates.
Alex Glass

I was in there with my camera last week and was intending asking a friend to let me in to that room. Unfortunately there has been a bit of a flood on the thrid floor so it is out of commission and restricted access :(

I have a couple of photos I will try and load up later taken at ground level passing the open gate on the Queen Street side of the Square  

lifted the tar and layed down the edging stones around the new grassed area that will be opposite the Millennium Hotel.



What a waste of a good performance area.

     
cybers

Dont you be starting .... Its a place for feeding the doos reading a book or just lounging on the grass in this dear green place ....
Plenty space in the city for putting up the travelling circuses ... just means the freeloaders at the council will need to pay and have the same view as the feckers paying....
Alex Glass

               

Tosh

There was a great event held in the Square on 1990 called "The big Day Out" That was before they moved the grass. Hogmanay was also held here before they took the grass away.

Piping Live which is a great event which is taking place now has had to move to St Enoch's Square because of the works. This is a great event which makes good use of every inch of the Square as a perfomance area.

And it never restricted anyones use of the Square. Mainly because this week it mostly rains in Glasgow

           
cybers

Alex i fully agree with you on the piping though as you say it should be plumbers pipin week ....
Scheme played the square in the 80's without needing the grass ripped up so putting it back really should cause no problems...
Old Rottenrow would make a great perfomance venue with it already having an almost elevated stage at the front doors and just about the same footprint. Though it might clash with the Mid week dogging and hedge pumpin

And I noticed you never denied the freeloaders view of the entertainment.
Hogmanay those windows are all full of them partying on civic booze and civic heat  
Alex Glass

I know nothing

   
Strathyre

Architectural insanity

Strange how this idea surfaced in 1945, around the same time that Hitler's Germania faded to nothing; ironic as it appears to have been such a similar idea....
James

Just a heads-up about tonights episode at 9pm on BBC4. It features the Bruce Plan
and a 3D model of the total demolition of Glasgow City Centre.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fjyjv



James H
James

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/epis...Britain_A_Revolution_in_the_City/

So, did anyone see this? Terrifying stuff, especially the fact that the corporation
were actually going to go ahead with this madness in the early days.

The only missed opportunity from the whole scheme was the Glasgow North
railway station. Everything else was utterly mental.

The stuff about Glasgow is roughly half-an-hour into the programme


James H
Marblez

Yeah, I saw it just shows you how drastic some of these schemes were which were dreamed up at the time. Who in their right mind would propose a design with hundreds of buildings with FLAT roofs in a place with the climate of Glasgow!! I dread to think the repercussions if it had gone ahead from a financial and health point of view. I know they had this "It's old just knock it down" attitude post-war but the legacy is that we are now pulling down what was built to replace it and the buildings which were restored and renovated are still in use today.

Victorian architecture is a very key part to what makes this city the way it is and define the heart of our city. As for the whole le Corbussier thing .. what works in the south of France does not necessarily work in Scotland ... Queen Elizabeth Square anyone?

Anyways - it never happened, which is just as well for the rest of us so we can still get to appreciate all that is beautiful about Glasgow. Remember the phrase all us photographers take to heart and "just look up" when walking round and you will see what I mean
darrel

Thank God they saw sense and binned the plan. It looked awful who in their right mind ever thought it was a good idea. Just think of the fantastic buildings we would have lost.
cybers

darrel wrote:
Thank God they saw sense and binned the plan. It looked awful who in their right mind ever thought it was a good idea. Just think of the fantastic buildings we would have lost.



We are losing them with this vision of the future replacing them ... just on a slower time scale than previously envisioned... how many watched that and thought they wanted a wee walk on that wasted viewing deck at The MET

James

cybers wrote:
how many watched that and thought they wanted a wee walk on that wasted viewing deck at The MET


Not half. That there should be a tourist attraction and open to the public, not
kept away behind locked doors.


James H
Alycidon

james73 wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/epis...Britain_A_Revolution_in_the_City/

So, did anyone see this? Terrifying stuff, especially the fact that the corporation
were actually going to go ahead with this madness in the early days.

The only missed opportunity from the whole scheme was the Glasgow North
railway station. Everything else was utterly mental.

The stuff about Glasgow is roughly half-an-hour into the programme


James H


Im not sure that could be described as a missed opportunuty James, it would have been better if they had decided in joining the north and south networks via a semi underground through station.  I havn't seen any diagrams of the South Station but it was crazy to move it away to the south side of the clyde, making any North-South cross Glasgow journeys evn more difficult than now
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