The Hatrack, Peacock’s Tearooms, the Pipe Factory and Lion Chambers – names of buildings familiar to generations of Glasgow residents and visitors, are some of the places featuring in a new audio guide aimed at highlighting buildings at risk in the centre of Glasgow.
The “A Brisk Walk” audio tour – commissioned as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s Say Hello to Architecture programme and developed in conjunction with Walking Head Tours – features an interactive map with stories of the various locations narrated by Johnny Rodger, Writer and Professor of Urban Literature at the Glasgow School of Art.
Architecture and Design Scotland’s Chief Executive Jim MacDonald said, “As part of our Say Hello to Architecture programme we are encouraging people to explore the buildings and places around them. This audio guide takes you on a tour to some of the key buildings at risk in Glasgow and we hope it engage people in debate and discussion on how we value and use our built environment.”
The tour will be officially launched on 17 September at The Lighthouse as part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day, and will be available for download for free here (also available through the App Store and Google Playstore) and gives residents and visitors alike a new perspective on the city, learning about the history of the buildings and the possible futures.
The Say Hello to Architecture programme is Architecture and Design Scotland’s contribution to the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture. The Brisk Walk audio tour leaves a legacy beyond 2016, which will allow anyone with a smart phone to take a walk around the city to learn more about its historic buildings.
The audio guide is illustrated by Glasgow-based illustrator Rae-Yen Song, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Walking Heads tours previous guides include the Glasgow Music Tour, Glasgow Corners and a recent tour of the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Find out more on http://www.walkingheads.net The tour is delivered through the GuidiGO App which is available for iPhones, Android phones and Google Glass. Available from the Appstore (Apple devices) and the Google Playstore (Android). The web version of the tour is available here.