How Glasgow city centre might look today had the 1945 Bruce Report been fully implemented

How Glasgow city centre might look today had the 1945 Bruce Report been fully implemented

In 1945, the Glasgow Corporation produced radical proposals to demolish and redevelop the inner core of the city. A new BBC Four architecture series, ‘Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain’, will explore how Glasgow might look today if these plans had been put into action.

The BBC commissioned Glasgow-based design studio Playdead to generate a virtual 3D model of the stark, modernist vision drawn up by City Engineer Robert Bruce.

These plans included the demolition of some of Glasgow city centre’s most iconic Victorian and Georgian buildings, including the Glasgow School of Art, the City Chambers and Central Station. Playdead created over fifty graphic sequences for the series, using specialised 3D software to visualise what Bruce’s unrealised architectural plans would have looked like.

In 1855, Joseph Paxton imagined a glass-covered transport infrastructure loop for London.

In 1855, Joseph Paxton imagined a glass-covered transport infrastructure loop for London.

The three-part series starts on BBC Four on Monday 12 August at 9pm. The opening episode, ‘Glass Houses’, focuses on a vision for a 10-mile glass transport loop around Victorian London. Glasgow will feature in a future broadcast.

Please click here for a series trailer and further information from the BBC website.