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Old August 4th, 2014, 07:21 PM   #11101
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all of them tower have unique style and individual character in shape.
i envy seoul must learn from those design.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #11102
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Old August 5th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #11103
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If anything we're more likely to see plans to reduce demand through road and congestion pricing than we are to see any major increase to capacity.
I also think London should place its efforts into public transportation but it could do a few improvements to the road network as well.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 05:22 AM   #11104
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If the south east road network outside of the M25 were significantly improved, effectively to construct an outer ring road, and/or a south coast motorway, this would relieve the M25 of much of the long distance regional/national/international traffic which is currently forced towards London to use the M25 for the lack of any other choice. Such road improvements are 40 years overdue.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #11105
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This is the ugliest thing I ever saw.

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Old August 6th, 2014, 02:54 PM   #11106
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Old August 6th, 2014, 02:56 PM   #11107
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It looks like a turd rolled in sprinkles.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 05:22 PM   #11108
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That is absolutely disgusting... it's so messy and just plain distatsteful. It gets a huge no from me.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #11109
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Pure London style.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 01:20 AM   #11110
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It's far more difficult today.

Those were times when it was possible to get some major road projects through but even then the plans to expand the south circular and put it underground were scuppered. It'd be virtually impossible nowadays for many reasons. Residents and environmental campaigners would kill any major London road building project stone dead before it got off the drawing board and it's fantasy to pretend otherwise. It's a shame because London could do with some new thinking on road development but it ain't gonna happen.

If anything we're more likely to see plans to reduce demand through road and congestion pricing than we are to see any major increase to capacity.
Plus, more Crossrail phases might be approved, and the sole reason for that is to alleviate cross-London travel, particularly on the M25, from being road-bound.

I think in thirty to forty years there will be huge areas of central London pedestrianized.

I think more roads/circulars is the opposite of what the city needs. I think it needs a more integrated public transport system. Hell, remember that absurd elevated cycle path that was bounced around? That's the kind of project we need to get behind. Not that one in particular, but something that thinks outside of the box, rather than 'more roads, but underground'.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #11111
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Pure London style.
Not really...
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Old August 7th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #11112
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This is the ugliest thing I ever saw.

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The Flintstones come to London!!!
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:04 PM   #11113
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Old August 7th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #11114
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This is the ugliest thing I ever saw.

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=3441

Thankfully that building is shorter than my dick, so it won't impact the skyline too much.

Unfortunately - for me at least - it's a little prettier.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 02:36 AM   #11115
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Imperial unveils details of £3bn campus extension



Imperial College London has unveiled details of a £3bn campus extension devoted to data science.

The university has published the first images of its plan for Imperial West on 25-acres of previously derelict land at White City, three miles from its South Kensington home. The centrepiece will be a £200m research and translation hub, where Imperial envisages large technology companies will mingle with start-ups and its research scientists.

Professor David Gann, vice-president for development and innovation, said construction would begin next week on 45,000 sq m of laboratory and office space for businesses from scientific start-ups to big established technology companies such as IBM and Intel.

Imperial’s scientists developed the iKnife last year, an electrosurgical knife that can identify if cells are cancerous or healthy. Prof Gann said this was a perfect example of how “big data” could be “translated into science and its medical application”.

“Back in the 1970s, people were building science parks on out-of-town campuses,” he said. “[Imperial West] is an inner city innovation district, a hubbub of activity, well connected and with good access to London’s financial centre and venture funding. We have good transport links to our research partners in Oxford and Cambridge [universities] and also to China,” he added, citing its proximity to Heathrow airport.

Imperial is funding the £200m development in conjunction with property investor Voreda Capital, and a £35m government grant.

Later stages of the development, which will require £3bn in total to build, include a 34-storey residential tower of 198 apartments, 59 of which will be rented at affordable rents to Imperial’s research scientists. This will be developed in a 50:50 partnership between Voreda and the university.

“Talk to any of the big institutions in London and they will tell you that the biggest impediment to our growth is the London house price situation,” said Prof Gann. “We are trying to take care of that issue and accommodate the needs of our brightest young academics.”

The Michael Uren biomedical engineering centre will be built nearby, following a £40m gift in May from the philanthropist and founder of Civil and Marine Ltd.

Steve Dykes, co-founder of Voreda, said: “The whole area around White City is now in the hands of developers and occupiers who are committed to developing projects,” referring to the extension of Westfield shopping centre, the redevelopment of BBC Television Centre and a significant residential scheme.

“Just two years ago, most of these sites were still effectively controlled by land speculators who weren’t going to develop anything.”
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Old August 8th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #11116
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It's interesting that Imperial College will build a residential tower, with a significant number of units being rented at cheap rates to their research scientists. It's a great idea that may become more common if house prices keep rising in London.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 03:06 PM   #11117
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Projects like this will actually work to lower prices in London, cumulatively of course, over many years.

London has insane prices because it has one of the worst ratios of supply and demand among Alpha world cities. It has twice as much brownsite/PDL land as New York, three times as much as Tokyo and Paris. And the amount allocated for housing is lower than all of them (something like 10% last time I checked).

But it's ranked as a more desirable, profitable, and economically important city than all of them.

So it's not so much a case of build more affordable houses, it's a case of build more anything. We should be championing projects that utilize derelict land, no matter what they're using it for, because London has so much of it. Wasted land in London is driving up costs to unsustainable levels. Space is it a premium, offices are built where houses could be. So it's harder to push through new housing projects because so many businesses have a claim to the land because they don't want to build on derelict sites. Compared to Manchester or Birmingham or Glasgow, London is utilizing the land it has extremely poorly.
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Old August 9th, 2014, 04:46 PM   #11118
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Old August 9th, 2014, 11:28 PM   #11119
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