What is dilapidated grandeur dot com about?

This project and blog are about the beautiful dilapidated grandeur, urban decay and renewal of Glasgow, the city I love.

It is about our beautiful shared built environment. It is about buildings that are special — buildings that connect us, buildings that make me happy and buildings that can teach us something. It is about what these buildings can tell us about our history and our shared future.

When I was growing up my career ambitions spanned from farmer to zookeeper. I’ve always been interested in mathematics, physics, our built environment and art and so this gives me a place to play out my interest in the latter.

In the second city of the Empire
Mother Glasgow watches all her weans
Trying hard to feed her little starlings
Unconsciously she clips their little wings

Mother Glasgow’s succor is perpetual
Nestling the Billy and the Tim
I dreamt I took a dander with St. Mungo
To try to catch a fish that couldnay swim

Mother Glasgow’s succor is perpetual
Nestling the Billy and the Tim
I dreamt I took a dander with St. Mungo
To try to catch a fish that couldnay swim

Among the flightless birds and sightless starlings
Father Glasgow knows his starlings well
He wont make his own way up to heaven
By waltzing all his charges in to hell

Mother Glasgow’s succour is perpetual
Nestling the Billy and the Tim
I dreamt I took a dander with St. Mungo
To try to catch a fish that couldnay swim

And the tree
And the fish
And the bird
And the bell

Let Glasgow flourish!

The lyrics above are from Mother Glasgow by Hue and Cry. Leaving aside the empire part…. this sing encapsulates much about the nature of Glasgow that have made me decide that is should be my adopted home. The place I come back to after brief adjournments and the place I like to show folks around when they come to visit.

Every winter I fall out of love and then when the spring promises to return I fall back into love with this amazing city. It is perfect is size, history, culture, in everything. It is perfectly flawed in every way too.

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