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Skyline campaign in push for greater public support

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A campaign pushing for better standards in the design and delivery of tall building in the capital has launched its own website in a bid to drum up public support

The Skyline Campaign, which is backed by AJ and the Observer says that many of the 200 or so tall buildings planned for London are ‘grossly insensitive to their immediate context and appearance on the skyline’.

A position statement published on its site claims existing planning and political regimes fail ‘to protect the valued qualities of London, or to provide a coherent and positive vision for the future skyline’.

The campaign was backed by AJ last year and is led by architectural critic Rowan Moore and Barbara Weiss, whose London-based practice acts as its headquarters.

Weiss says the campaign has also signed up to social networking site Twitter and will set up Facebook and Linkedin pages in the near future.

The launch of the website coincides with an appeal for funders to help it expand.

‘We want to open the doors to the general public,’ Weiss told AJ. ‘We want to get in touch with as many people as possible to get people to sign up to help us grow.’

The funding would help the campaign employ an administrator, improve its website and host events.

A debate between London mayoral candidates would be among those the campaign would like to host, Ms Weiss said.

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  • Two public opinion Polls should be held, one inviting public opposition to the London Skyline future alterations, and another more discreet survey should be held asking the same people: What would be their favourite foreign city destination to visit, and surprise, surprise, a large number will want to visit New York. In fact they will tell you NY is wonderful, and if they had such a wonderful time when there and as for the skyscrapers they are awe inspiring and yes, they did go to the top of the Empire State Building, and everyone should go there ....

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  • 'To protect the valued qualities of London...' - hopefully, not just from tall buildings impacting the skyline, but from proposals like the 'green bridge' that will have a massive impact on classic views.

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  • Elias, skyscrapers are nice to visit but a nightmare if you live in the dark and windy streets below.

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