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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:16 AM   #201
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I take it from your use of the smilie you're jealous of a superior design?
You´re right but its unfair saying that because they are from different ages...
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:31 PM   #202
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HOT HOT HOT & HOT!!!

London skyline is becoming great!

For sure my current "under-construction" favorite.
this one isn't uc
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Old May 7th, 2007, 11:07 PM   #203
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this one isn't uc

I think the works have already begun.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 11:10 PM   #204
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2009 will be construction start i believe
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Old May 7th, 2007, 11:13 PM   #205
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I just Can't stand hat london is turning into.... all these tall buildings! it just seems to out of character! Skyscrapers are for modern american cities not classical, beautiful european ones! I would like this tower almost anywhere else in the world... but this is real estate and its all about location, location. so i just can't bring myself to even appreciate the architecture without thinking of how much it doesn't belong.
Would you rather we ply into our wonderful countryside with flat boring buildings rather than make use of the space in the city with efficient, interesting, elegant skyscrapers?
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Old May 7th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #206
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I just Can't stand hat london is turning into.... all these tall buildings! it just seems to out of character! Skyscrapers are for modern american cities not classical, beautiful european ones!
London has had tall buildings throughout all of its history.

And London certainly isn't a 'classical' city. It has buildings of just about every architectural era.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 01:15 AM   #207
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People need to realise, London isn't just a historical city. It's an extremely modern, cutting-edge place too.

I've said this a million times before - but the mixture of historical and modern thrown together is what makes London "London". If you can't see that, you obviously don't understand the place. Just have a walk around the City or the West End and you'll see countless examples of old and new architecture working together.

Besides, 300m isn't that tall. It's not like we're building the Burj Dubai or the Tower of Russia. And the building will taper to a thin spire, reducing its impact somewhat.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 02:29 AM   #208
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I totally agree with the above, people (mostly from America/Canada, not all) seem to have this stereotypical image of London or Britain as a whole as a society still belonging in the 15th century still building castles/cathedrals (if only we could build as efficiently as we did then) and assume we all speak in a posh english accent and drink tea , they really haven't a clue about London and its culture and moving forward, think London might be a bit of a culture shock for some of our friends over the pond. If English heritage/Unesco and any other opposing NIMBY organisation don't have thier way, you're looking at a metropolis with quite simply one of the best promising skylines in the world with quality.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 04:55 AM   #209
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London gets the worlds finest buildings.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:20 AM   #210
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I just Can't stand hat london is turning into.... all these tall buildings! it just seems to out of character! Skyscrapers are for modern american cities not classical, beautiful european ones! I would like this tower almost anywhere else in the world... but this is real estate and its all about location, location. so i just can't bring myself to even appreciate the architecture without thinking of how much it doesn't belong.
Thats your opinion, which is fine

However, London is many things, but being realistic, its far from being a 'classical, beautiful european city'. The area where The Shard is due to be built is nothing but a mess of large roads, ugly railway arches and buildings from the 60's/70's and 80's, It really is a very unpleasant and unwelcoming area to walk around - the shard will go a long way to making the place desirable.

Also, London is building its skyscrapers in the City, Canary Wharf and Southwark which are very far from the stereotypically beautiful areas of the West End - London is a large, sprawling metropolis - not a quaint little backwater. Its arguably the most important city for finance in the world, and has always been lead by trade, industry and redevelopment.

London can easily accomodate Skyscrapers and retain its historic buildings and charm
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Old May 8th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #211
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I was in Italy over the weekend and caught a chat show interview with architect Renzo Piano on Saturday night.

It was amusing to note the amount of airtime given to the interviewer's incredulity over the lack of car parking spaces in the Shard design.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #212
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Latest news is that PricewaterhouseCoopers have just announced their timetable for vacating Southwark Towers, the current building on site. A series of moves over 7 weekends are planned, commencing 2 June 2007 and completing 13 August 2007, demolition starting almost immediately afterwards. It will be the tallest demolition ever done in the UK.
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Sorry, but this one doesn´t fit into that "all squared" and boring building. I think it adds a lot to the city. London is not prague, where all the buildings have the same height and the same architecture. London has to evolve if it wants keep representing england´s power. Thus, it is not THAT high. It doesn´t shock. And London deald with that st mary axe *****, so anything after that is a sweet.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #214
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Latest news is that PricewaterhouseCoopers have just announced their timetable for vacating Southwark Towers, the current building on site. A series of moves over 7 weekends are planned, commencing 2 June 2007 and completing 13 August 2007, demolition starting almost immediately afterwards. It will be the tallest demolition ever done in the UK.
Bring it on.
Going to Watch Tour de France in mid July so im gonna have a good nose round all the construction sites.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:49 AM   #215
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LBT:
- best skyscraper in the world?
- Perfect backdrop for LDN 2012?

I think so on both counts

Will - thanks for the update about PriceWaterHouseCoopers moving out.

Demolition will START THIS AUGUST!!!

fingers crossed until LBT completion.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #216
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...So, about the tower...
It looks vaguely like this tower they had in the movie I, Robot which was supposed to take place in Chicago. It looked quite similar except for the cladding... anyone else notice this?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 03:53 AM   #217
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do u have a film (movie) still? (a frame from the film pic)
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No I don't, I'll go try and find one and post it.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 08:11 PM   #219
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It's not looking good: they are having major problems funding the tower.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 08:14 PM   #220
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, i've the feeling that tower ill be never build!
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