Newcastle, where the nineteenth century had ‘thrown bridge after bridge across the Tyne with a terrifying optimism I would not ask anyone to imitate today’ was packed with exhilarations. Alfred Gilbert’s statue of Queen Victoria ‘must be one of the best and least hypocritical public statues in the country’ while nowhere else could match the excitement of the city’s changes of level.
A collection of programmes examining the triumphs and failures of post-war architecture.
No doubt this has been blogged countless times already, but the BBC are running some great programs on post-war architecture right now. These include re-runs of ‘Building Sights’, which features a classic episode on the Byker Wall.
Newcastle offers, on first wander, a duality of movement, one that’s present throughout the entire city; the elevated walkways for pedestrians and the motorways below for cars. But soon you might notice the subterranean footways that creep below the roads and perch above the underground metro…