The proposal for the Renzo Piano tower at London Bridge, raises many questions. Where is the demand for such large towers in London? Would they not be more appropriately sited in a modern New World city?
Is any research ever done into the attitudes or feelings of people who have to work in such towers, or is the overriding motivation purely financial?
Look at the casual brutality of towers such as Centre Point and the abrupt way they hit the ground. Where is the improvement to the city environment?
The view from Tate Modern towards St Paul's Cathedral is similarly depressing. As has been noted by some, the view is compromised by the Barbican towers and the unattractive Millennium Bridge.
The Swiss Re Tower, and the proposed Heron Tower adjacent to Tower 42, will both be totally different and unrelated to context. The new GLA building ignores Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The Canary Wharf towers are brash and belong to New York, not London.
The problem would seem to be a loss of language of proportion, scale and materials. I do not see why such Classical elements could not be applied to modern designs. The Great Court at the British Museum is a success, perhaps, because it is working in a strong context.
We seem to be heading rapidly towards the worst aspects of American society of high crime, private affluence and public squalor.
J P Ricketts, Walthamstow, London E17