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Barnacles show the way for the urban megastructure

In an effort to speed the urban renaissance, London is in the midst of a binge of gap-filling. Every last piece of railway land, warehouse, bomb site and backlands patch is being turned over to town house and apartment building. There has been nothing like it since the '60s, and then it was a simple matter of 'knocking through'. Today's frenzy is more ambitious, and more difficult to explain.

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