Britian's New Infatuation With Skyscrapers

After a generation of concern about tall buildings, the British have rediscovered the skyscraper -- for better or worse.
May 24, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Britain's planning laws and innate conservatism have since stifled most tall office towers - hardly surprisingly, given the abysmal standard of most of those that were built in the post-war years... [But] the stage is set for a big revival of vertical buildings. The most spectacular crop of new towers in the near future is going to be in the heart of the capital: in the City of London, where the money is... The question is not whether this reach for the sky will happen - it's happening now --- but what it portends. The destruction of our national character? Or the salvation of it?"

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Published on Monday, May 17, 2004 in Gabion
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