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How Newcastle's Grey Street might have looked if 1960s plans had come to fruition

A new project looks at how Newcastle and five other British cities might have looked

"Unbuilt Cities" has looked at archives, lost plans and schematics to put together a new series of digital renderings to bring to life some of Britain's most surprising unbuilt structures.

The 1960s was a swinging period for architecture, with new ideas, materials, and economic confidence rejuvenating the industry. All the same, Newcastle may seem an odd place to have become a ‘city in the sky’ – but it nearly happened.

In an effort to separate pedestrians from the modern blight of ubiquitous automobiles, Newcastle’s city planners looked up. Designs were drawn and work began on a system of overhead walkways between raised buildings. Searching for a modern equivalent, expert Professor Stephen Graham suggests that Hong Kong is one of the closest real-life ‘3D’ cities to use every dimension as Newcastle nearly did.

Sadly, while glimpses of semi-realized walkways can be spotted around town, the overall vision became lost as construction was delayed by corruption and the city’s economic woes.

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published on: 18 December 2018