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Rogers: 'East London could be the new West London'

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Richard Rogers has told delegates of the MIPIM property fair that ‘West and east London could switch sides’ due to the intelligent masterplanning, transport infrastructure and investment as a result of the 2012 Olympics

He said: ‘East London could be like East Berlin, which is now the place to live. No one wanted to live there before the wall came down.’

Asked what east London needed to do in order to capitalise on its potential, Rogers said ‘development needs to speed up.’

Rogers also commented on tall buildings in London, saying there was no reason why they shouldn’t get even higher. Commenting on Renzo Piano’s Shard in London Bridge he said, ‘Who would it disturb if it were ten storeys higher?’

On the subject of towers, he also said, showing photographs of details of the Pompidou and the Lloyds’ Building: ‘It’s the human scale of buildings that make them work, not the height or width. That is a crude way of measuring buildings.’

Rogers’ comments were made today (6 March) during his keynote address to delegates and press at the Qatar Pavilion at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes.

Rogers was speaking as part of the Qatar Urban Forum, for whom Angela Brady will give a keynote speech tomorrow.

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