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'Dear Mayor of London,'

Londoners have been voting to choose their mayor for the next four years. Here, some of architecture’s key players pen an open letter setting out their wishes for the city – from urban branding and public space strategies to air conditioning on the Tube.

Ivan Harbour, director at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

I’d like you to take a really good look at how an effective city-wide strategy for street design can be implemented. Where are the 21st-century equivalents of the iconic postboxes, telephone boxes and Routemaster buses, all of which gave such a strong visual identity to London in the 20th century? Please can you address the randomness of everything from signage and lampposts to kerbstones and bus stops, which only helps to reinforce the idea of a city trapped in more than 30 separate design vacuums?

Also, how about considering an ingenious way of penalising car-bourne commuters who blight the inner city at rush hour, and give the funds to those areas which are suffering? You could also consider redesigning the entire London road network to give cyclists priority. I’m confident that two wheels could become the preferred mode of transport for commuters.

Oh yes, and when are you going to implement our 1994 scheme for the South Bank Centre…?

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