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London as it could be if we did a lot of digging :lol:



London after major disaster. Not sure who did this.



SciFi London from 1928 film:



Fantasy painting by American artist. Could be London as Swiss-re is visible on the right :

 

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Some other bridge designs that failed to make both ends meet;

Alternative Tower Bridge design;



Holden's plan to clad it in glass;



A very grand St Paul's bridge design;



A 60's plan for an inhabited bridge at Vauxhall;



Calatrava's Millenium bridge design;



An east London bridge updating the Tower Bridge opening method;



And Future Systems dinosaur-looking bridge;

 

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when will they realise that you can't do futuristic? lol.. futuristic is dated before its even left the paper, well actually it isn't.. because its futuristic, and they only ever end up on paper.. Just keep it to modern, can't force the present.

I mean, what would Prince Charles say about a glazed tower bridge?!!!! The tower would have some former uses back, thats for sure!
 

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Redevelopment of Whitehall in the ´60s






I apologise if this belongs in another thread :)



These are stills of a model of Sir Leslie Martin´s plan to redevelop Whitehall...


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In 1964 Sir Leslie Martin was appointed by the government to oversee the comprehensive re-planning of Whitehall.
The greatest casualty was to be the Foreign Office by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1863-8), whose fate had already been announced the previous year by Geoffrey Rippon,
Minister of Public Buildings and Works: ‘I have... decided to demolish the existing building’

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Model of Sir Leslie Martin’s proposal for the redevelopment of Whitehall.
Gone are most of the Victorian and Edwardian buildings (except Norman Shaw’s New Scotland Yard, crammed in a courtyard).
Inigo Jones’s Banqueting House survives as a traffic island.
Source: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/savingacentury/savingacentury.htm




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Source: http://www.lionelmarch.eu/aboutlionelmarch.html





More models of the same project.



Source: http://www.ribapix.com/index.php?a=wordsearch&s=item&key=WczoxMzoibGVzbGllIG1hcnRpbiI7&pg=6




Source: http://www.ribapix.com/index.php?a=wordsearch&s=item&key=Wczo5OiJ3aGl0ZWhhbGwiOw==&pg=26



This i did not read, but it relates to the subject... it´s a debate in the house of lords, 1965: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1965/nov/03/redevelopment-of-whitehall and http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1965/dec/22/redevelopment-of-whitehall-1


More data: http://books.google.com.ar/books?id...=onepage&q="colin buchanan" whitehall&f=false


And more (these articles have a better description of the project):
http://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/bitstream/2099/3128/1/008-011_Whitehall.pdf
http://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/bitstream/2099/3112/1/011_La apuesta por la gran escala.pdf
http://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/bitstream/2099/3126/1/012-013_Edificios en el paisaje.pdf








I do not know if this is another scheme altogether or if it is the first one, modified and resized so as to preserve the foreign office et al. It is from 1969. The source of this pic is a video that can be viewed here: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/redevelopment-in-whitehall/query/Whitehall

There is also a news story from 1969 relating to this proposal.. it would have been for the Home Office: http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...JJAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=H6UMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3209,2024034









 

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How superior is Calatrava's design for the Thames Bridge opp. St. Paul's - instead we got that lump of shit from Foster, without doubt one of the ugliest bridges ever built. The plans to demolish The Foreign Office in Whitehall, one of London's finest buildings, is nowadays incomprehensible but there were other plans in the 60's just as horrific but lack of finance stoped them in their tracks - sometimes a economic downturn is a real blessing!
 

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How superior is Calatrava's design for the Thames Bridge opp. St. Paul's - instead we got that lump of shit from Foster, without doubt one of the ugliest bridges ever built. !
Are you kidding me! I would hardly call it one of the ugliest bridges ever built...i think it's rather elegant, lightweight and sublime. One thing Foster CAN do is bridges.
 
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