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How should London respond to the Skyline campaign?


London reluctantly has tussled with the idea of planned city wide growth, despite efforts by many, and agencies like SEPLAN, GLC, GLA. It has benefitted from this 'antagonism'. However, whilst that opposition enabled the post war growth with the then contemporary modernist models of municipal housing, the new demands and new models, also seemingly 'modernist' and now 'tall' drive a new antagonism. Tall buildings are cast in the shadow of modernisms failure, and so trying to offer a democratic regulation via a view management regime is like trying to tell Nigel Farage to shut his mouth - it won't work, and those that have will keep and those that havenet will get. Maybe, now, being wizen and wiser, we need to establish a city wide growth and regeneration strategy, like, the ones Gerard which you know in Rotterdam, that can lead, marshall and help better equalise growth. Tall buildings are not bad buildings per se, yes they need the best design, and yes they add more greatly and beneficially than lower buildings do - when carefully set, considered and planned. In one way any view management strategy whilst respecting the old must also incorporate what has yet to come. Over to those that can equitably 'see' London as a whole, in time and place.

Posted date

1 May, 2014

Posted time

9:43 am