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Skyline: five demands for London


I (Richard Dorkin) write this sat in my 14 floor office in Hong Kong where I and many others find the collage of tall buildings fascinating and interesting. The drivers in HK are values and the supposed lack of land. If London wants to consider its place as a world city it needs to consider Richard Rogers correct views on no more garden cities. Cities work when the public infrastructure and density coalesce to provide a truly vibrant place to live, work and play. The key issues of the impact of tall buildings are the reality that views will be obscured, air movement hindered, heat island effect intensified and neighbours needing to consider purchasing blinds and curtains. London would do well to seriously consider its skyline as an aesthetic if it feels that it will add to its appeal but I fear that the businesses within the buildings of London will be the real attraction as they are in all world cities. The key aspect is to ensure mixed use developments of high quality architecture. I doubt many people look up above their walking sight line to look at what’s above them unless stopped and asked to.

Posted date

18 July, 2014

Posted time

8:19 am