Friday, June 26, 2009
THIS is London?
WHEN I WAS A STUDENT IN LONDON, it had three towers: the 28 story Hilton (from which you could look at the Queen in her garden); a Charing Cross office tower which was kept empty for some sort of tax deal; and the Post Office tower, a slender, mainly unoccupied tower that doesn't really count — it's a modern Tour Eiffel more than a tower. With the exception of things like church steeples, the rest of London was probably entirely under 120 feet tall, with most of it much lower than that.
Viewed from afar, it was a much more beautiful place. And up close, the new tower streets range from boring to downright oppressive. As Leon Krier says, architects have done more damage to London since World War II than the Luftwaffe did during it.
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Too subtle if you don't know London well.
Posted by: David Sucher at Jun 19, 2009 1:12:06 PM