Posts tagged ‘Architecture’
Do you live in a house with a top class architectural pedigree?
If so, listen up, because the conservation body that looks after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater has come up with a crafty way to get the windows replaced: sell the old ones off to architectural relic hunters.
Their website explains that the old windows are suffering from decay (hmmm, wonder if all that falling water is to blame – the owner’s father dubbed the place ‘rising mildew’?).
And this, architecture groupies, is where you come in:
“Naming opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 and up for each window, skylight, glass door, or set of windows, depending on the size and location.
“You will receive a commemorative piece of the old Fallingwater glass, framed along with a drawing of the house, specifying the window that you have endowed.
“Additionally, if you endow a window at $1,000 or more, you will be recognized on a donor wall in the Fallingwater Visitors Pavilion.”
$1,000 for a bit of old glass? Genius!
Here’s a nice video about the house:
It’s official: Glasgow is great. The Dear Green Place has only gone and made it into the Lonely Planet‘s Top Ten list of best cities for visitors.
Not only that but it was the sole UK city to be included. Even better, it beat Edinburgh! Bring it on.
Of course, this news comes as no surprise to me – being a local lassie, I know how fantastic Glasgow is.
The city is blessed with stunning architecture, a surprising amount of greenery, first-class theatres, galleries and museums, an easy-peasy subway system, and absolutely fabulous shops, sweetie.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
And, contrary to popular belief, the West Coast of Scotland diet doesn’t consist purely of deep-fried Mars bars.
Nope. You can actually have whichever type of chocolate you want fried in batter – although your more discerning diners will find plenty to scintillate their delicate taste buds, too.
The other wide-held notion of Scots enjoying a tipple or twenty is, however, almost universally true – my own favourite spot for this is the West End’s Ashton Lane, a wee piece of drinking and dining heaven that makes my heart sing…even when I’m sober.
But – and I reckon this is where Glasgow’s greatness really lies – local people have such a deep-rooted sense of pride in their city that they’ll go out of their way to make sure visitors receive a warm welcome.
Glasgow: it’s pure dead brilliant, by the way.
Suggestions please on which cities you’d include in your Top Ten list for visitors…
Now here’s a novel notion: a church built out of beer cans. Yep, that’s right. A church. From beer cans.
Although it may sound like something straight from the mind of Homer Simpson, this is actually a true story of ecclesiastical architecture.
Having lost their main church building to developers, the parish of Colston Milton in Glasgow could soon boast Scotland’s first recycled place of worship, pending the results of a feasibility study.
Of course, the new church wouldn’t be made entirely from recycled alcohol receptacles, fabulous though that may be; there’ll be all sorts of other stuff used, from old tyres and windscreens to earth and wood.
But the specific idea of using beer cans, according to the parish’s Reverend Rowe, came from ‘a wonderful group of men and women who drink in the woods’.
That’s a very sweet euphemism for what we Glaswegians call ‘jakeys’. The English definition, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary, is: ‘members of the street drinking fraternity’.
Yet praise where praise is due, as these wonderful winos have fully embraced the recycling concept and are regularly delivering their empties to the church hall for use in the project.
However, when the good Reverend revealed to the BBC that he hoped the locals would help in the actual building of the new church, it gave me pause.
Heavy drinkers? Drunk construction? Brilliant! This could unintentionally end up as Glasgow’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.