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Old December 22nd, 2015, 03:58 PM   #16581
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I hope I can visit London before it turns into "your city with random glass skyscrapers number 40".
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 04:05 PM   #16582
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I hope I can visit London before it turns into "your city with random glass skyscrapers number 40".
You have got until 2018 , that's when many of the highrises scheduled for london are due to make a dent on the skyline.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 04:12 PM   #16583
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The Monument Building | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=474129

Official website: http://themonumentbuilding.com/



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  • Address: 11-19 Monument Street, London EC3
  • Developer: Skanska
  • Architect: Make Architects
  • Floors: 9
  • Office space: 7,896m²



The nearly completed The Monument Building , photo by Darjole

Monument Place, London, December 2015.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 04:45 PM   #16584
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I hope I can visit London before it turns into "your city with random glass skyscrapers number 40".
pessimism is something we can do without
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 05:57 PM   #16585
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pessimism is something we can do without
or maybe we should all be open to changing our minds. New, shiny, glassy, tall might be what drew us to this forum, but hopefully as we learn more about what's going on we will allow our perspectives and opinions to change.

Glassy boxes are very cheap and easy to make, they have very poor energy performance. Tall buildings appeal primarily to young men, but our cities are for the whole of our society. We need to consider their views too.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:00 PM   #16586
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I hope I can visit London before it turns into "your city with random glass skyscrapers number 40".
London is a city characterised by its dynamism, and that hasn't stopped people coming.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:50 PM   #16587
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Why dinamism means building things that could be built anywhere else? All cities are gonna look the same in the future and it's a shame.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 07:10 PM   #16588
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I don't know of any place in the world that looks like the city of london. Certainly no other eu city has the quality and design of city of london skyscrapers. Canary wharf has the more corporate globalism look, (not that that's a bad thing).
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 09:25 PM   #16589
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Wanting every city to only build architecture unique to that city only is one of the most unrealistic ideas I've seen getting thrown around. I don't know why it's such a popular idea, because it will never happen.

Maybe in New York with only art deco towers(fat chance anyway) but anywhere else is wishful thinking.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 09:32 PM   #16590
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Why dinamism means building things that could be built anywhere else? All cities are gonna look the same in the future and it's a shame.
London style, at least on 50% on buildings going up is rather unique and not seen anywhere else. Nobody will replicate London (not only London but NY, Tokyo, Paris, LA, Barcelona etc) not now not in the future.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 10:59 PM   #16591
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To me, all large British cities are starting to look similar. London looks perfect now, but if they keep building more skyscrapers it will just look like an average skyscraper city
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 11:08 PM   #16592
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Major British cities looked similar before skyscrapers were built ie edwardian and victorian with some medieval architecture. Some forumers have a tendency to blow things way out of proportion
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 11:34 PM   #16593
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Yeah you're right.. Architecture is the same though in most British cities, in fact I find cities like Liverpool or Manchester to have some more grand buildings than London
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 01:54 AM   #16594
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i find people who say 'london is destroying itself' , 'london is turning into Dubai' don't really understand the situation. The beautiful, grand, historic buildings are not being torn down to make way for these modern developments, rather they are being built on old industrial land, brownfield sites, or on plots with existing low quality buildings. London in the future will not look like any other city in the world because no other city will have skyscrapers and modern architecture juxtaposed with architecture like the tower or london, houses of parliament, bank of england, st pancras international etc etc.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 02:38 AM   #16595
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Yes it seems like 80% of the time the building being replaced is a 1960s lowrise.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 02:45 AM   #16596
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In reality, walking around the city means you will mostly see nothing of the skyscrapers, because, down at street level you rarely get the necessary angles. It's been the same for me when I visited London - I'd catch a rare glimpse towards towers when crossing the Thames on a bridge, or when on certain sections of the quais. There was also a view towards the City down on High Holborn I think, but that was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen so far. Top floor / roof level photography, especially when unspecified as such, gives you a wrong impression on a city's feel and appearance.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 03:22 AM   #16597
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In a dense city core surrounded by 20fl+ towers you have to get close to see the taller towers. London is full of towers that are barely visible on the skyline but would stand out in most other European cities. For example a building that looks like a tower in frankfurt or la defense is often barely visible in the city of london. The Willis tower 135m and it's totally invisible on the skyline. None of the towers under 150m are visible but they would be among the tallest in frankfurt/la defense and very visible.
Canary wharf is much easier to get good photos of, but that is allready changing now with the towers going up around and in Greenwich and blackwall, but at least you can see more than just the top half of the towers, like in most views of the city of london.

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Old December 23rd, 2015, 10:06 AM   #16598
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Canary Wharf is great, they can build all they want there but building too much in the city is meh
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 01:24 PM   #16599
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No need to worry about london looking like other cities that will never happen. Sure some parts likje canary wharf maybe but if you get tired of the bits with skyscrapers you can always take a stroll around westminster or greenwich. London is massive and diverse and there is no chance of that changing no matter how many towers they build in certain places!
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London is big, but the true city area, is smaller than Manhattan.. Manhattan is crowded, overcrowded with skyscrapers
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