I had the opportunity to visit Liverpool and Manchester while I attended the Annual Conference of the BSC two weeks ago. It was love at first sight. Twice. Welcome to the jumble! The architectural eclecticism, not to say chaos, mesmerized me immedeately. Walking the cities meant diving into a bustle of brick townhouses, glassy surfaces, decaying old warehouses, concrete jungles, gentrified old factories, and numberless construction sites.
The vivid facades seemed to tell a second story, though. A story of not only architectural but also social contrasts, of poverty, prosperity, disintegration, and ambition. Marx and Engels started to work on the Communist Manifesto in Manchester and it seems like the city could still be an inspiration for it. But as a visitor I simply enjoyed the metropolitan charisma that arised from the clutter.
liverpool | landmark, bricks and shiny objects.
liverpool | sci-fi meets 19th century?
liverpool | somewhere in the commerce area.
liverpool | piling up.
liverpool | old factories.
liverpool | at the old docks.
liverpool | white architecture and a dark past.
liverpool | new docks.
liverpool | liverpool is into shiny facades and so are the seagulls.
liverpool | construction works all over the place, here at the university.
liverpool | the metropolitan cathedral, an ode to concrete.
liverpool | 2 in 1, the beatles and the lambanana.
liverpool | another old factory falling apart.
liverpool | entertainment and education.
liverpool | the other riverside of the city, where nobody really goes.
liverpool | new docks, old buildings don’t need to fall apart.
manchester | street scene in the northern quarter
manchester | anita!
manchster | old factories.
manchester | back view in the city center.
manchester | space invaders.
manchester | city center eclecticism.
manchester | construction works. everywhere.
manchester | shiny objects and a british sky.
manchester | channel apartments.
manchester | football meets fabulous architecture.
manchester | merciless adaption.
manchester | boxes from different decades.
manchester | opposites attract?
manchester | when it’s gone, it’s gone.
manchester | gone.