London-based architect Barbara Weiss will tonight broadcast an impassioned plea for the capital’s high-rise building boom to be reined in
In a 15 minute comment piece for Radio 4’s Four Thought slot, Italian-born Weiss will state her case for introducing stricter controls on the height and design of new structures.
She warns that London is at a ‘watershed moment’ with around 260 tall buildings thought to be in development, some expected to be up to 70 storeys tall.
Weiss, who studied in New York in her late teens and early twenties, said London’s current boom was the result of ‘inept planning’ and ‘haphazard urban design’, rather than the masterplanned evolution that led to Manhattan’s ‘intricate and cohesive whole’.
If we don’t take action very soon there will be no turning back
‘If we do not put an end to all the reckless experimentation, if we do not take action, there will, very soon, be no turning back,’ she warns.
The AJ and sunday newspaper The Observer launched the Skyline Campaign in April last year. Its mantle is being continued by Weiss.
Saving the Skyline is set to air at 8.45pm tonight.