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Old April 11th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #6101
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Old April 11th, 2011, 09:59 PM   #6102
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Old April 11th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #6103
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Old April 11th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #6104
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Old April 12th, 2011, 01:12 AM   #6105
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I have one question... once this building is finished ... iWill it have the crow title of Europe's tallest building??
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No, it'll be tallest in the European Union and the tallest in Western Europe, but Moscow will have the tallest in Europe.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #6110
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I can't watch it. There is an IP restriction on the video....
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Old April 12th, 2011, 03:39 AM   #6111
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I can watch it just fine.

Perhaps you should go Youtube itself rather than watching it here.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:38 AM   #6112
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Why would anyone hate it?
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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #6113
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There's also some of the concourse-level glazing wall of the Shard visible just to the left of that view, but I was asked to stop taking photographs after taking just the one shot. DSLRs attract attention too easily...

I may be able to revisit with my phone later.
and so I did





That'll be the base of the east side tower crane visible, which goes through the mini-backpack.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #6114
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Can't wait to return to London in say 2 years when this will be done along with Bishopsgate and Leadenhall. Such an amazing collection of quality skyscrapers.
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I can't watch it. There is an IP restriction on the video....
Same here, it says "the uploader has not made this video available in your country" So, i just click on the video and i was automatically brought to the original youtube page. It works here
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taken yesterday, forming a nice little cluster:
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London is becoming very hot!
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This nonsense appeared in the Guardian today. How dare he call Shard lovers philistines! (though maybe he's right that it's a bit too tall) :http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...london-skyline

Shard attack: why don't we rise up against this monstrosity?
The skyscraper has ruined London's skyline and our lack of complaint suggests we've become blind to architectural ugliness

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Sky-scraping the barrel … is the Shard an 'aggressive distortion of London's skyline'? Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Someone has to speak up for the London skyline. It is being viciously attacked, invaded by philistines, and a nation stunned into acceptance of every monstrosity so long as we are told it is modern seems happy to see taste, style and proportion go out of the window.

Why are we putting up with the Shard? There should be protests, tormented editorials, parliamentary questions about the monster skyscraper that is unstoppably rising up near London Bridge. But compared with the controversies that greeted the infinitely superior Gherkin there appears to be general passivity, even enthusiasm, for this far more arrogant structure.

From the sunny top of Primrose Hill at the weekend, London spread out in blue and silver glory. The London Eye, the rounded, elegant form of Norman Foster's 30 St Mary Axe (said Gherkin) and the dome of St Paul's all dance together nicely in that urban masque. Modern architecture can work beautifully among the old streets and buildings that define London. But architectural conservatives have long said otherwise. In the aftermath of their falsely grounded scepticism about fine modern buildings, it is understandable that people decide the new is always good. The same has happened in art. After years of wrongly denouncing everything new in art, the entire British media at some point rolled over on its back and gave up. There is no public debate about art any more, because everyone seeking admittance to the elite is scared to look old-fashioned.

It is so British, this inability to decide visual cases on their own merits. People who have no natural feel for art judge it ideologically. I fear we are not a very visual nation at all. Compared with other countries, we seem totally incapable of appreciating, say, an urban public space. We think a healthy piazza life is the crowded carnival that Trafalgar Square has become. And we cannot tell the difference between a beautiful modern building that adds to the visual interest of London, and an aggressive, bombastic distortion of the skyline.

The Shard is grotesquely out of scale with other London landmarks: it is so big that it demands a massive skyscraper forest around itself. In other words, as you read this, the future history of London is being decided. This city, which grew gradually over centuries, will not keep its character in our century. It will become an anonymous maze of corporate citadels, a Houston-on-Thames, as the Shard generates copies and rivals.

Skyscrapers can be ugly. They can also be beautiful. The British fear of modernity once refused to see their beauty. But it invited a backlash that now seems blind to their potential ugliness. Competing polemics produce an insensitive society. London has been enriched by new architecture in recent years. But the Shard and the unneeded grandiosity it will unleash can only impoverish a great city. Future generations may see this building as the most significant in London in our time – but they will not thank us for it.
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This shot is just so magical it seems like a giant gorilla moved the shard in the city and i wonder how this view would be like in 2-3 years time when the cheese grater, leadenhall and the amazing pinnacle are completed
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