The London skyline has traditionally been a slow-moving beast. While cities in Asia or the United States throw up dozens of new buildings virtually overnight, the capital’s horizon evolves at a more sedate pace. That’s all changing. A clutch of thrilling new buildings is revamping the skyline and helping to fulfil the desperate demand for housing. It’s taking place all over the city, but particularly in a southern stretch between London Bridge and Lambeth. — telegraph.co.uk
At least six landmark projects - worth hundreds of millions of pounds - have been put on ice or cancelled altogether.
These include the 172m (564ft) 100 Bishopsgate skyscraper, on hold until developers secure enough advance tenants to make it viable.
Also on hold is the so-called Can of Ham, on St Mary's Axe. — bbc.co.uk
Having determined what was not the cause of this unique skyline, The Observer thought we had figured out what was, that being the flight of the wealthy north. But it turns out one very influential urban investigator begged to differ: New Yorker architecture critic and Pullitzer Prize winner Paul Goldberger. — New York Observer
Rutgers economics professor Jason Barr did some extensive research to dismiss the idea that bedrock helped shape the Manhattan skyline. Paul Goldberger takes issues with his explanation, that the rich are to thank for the languid panorama, and instead he points to Grand Central Terminal...
Why is it that cities from New York to Shanghai, Dubai to London and Kuala Lumpur to Atlanta can throw up iconic skyscrapers like so many murals, while L.A.'s boxy tops look more like the Appalachians after strip-mining?
The answer? Blame well-meaning text inserted in 1974 into the Los Angeles Municipal Code. — kcet.org
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