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London skyline in 2012

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Maruchino, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Maruchino

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    Here's an artists impression of what the London skyline will look like in 2012. Bear in mind these buildings have all cleared planning permission so will be built by that time (or at least should be, we all know what happened with Wembley). My question is, do you back Prince Charles' view that we are going too high too quick and that it will be an eyesore? Or do you see it as 'the future of London' and embrace our new fangled skyscrapers?

    I'm really not sure. Make your own minds up:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/London_skyline_2012_panorama.jpg
     
  2. dmarsh

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    Thats not london in 2012, wheres the smog ? :biggrin
     
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  3. Maruchino

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    Ken Livingstone in 2010 had every car crushed as part of the 'congestion smash'.
     
  4. noelg24

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    lol...never mind that...its missing a few more skyscrapers towards the left of the picture...especially where the 3 tall apartment buildings next to the Barbican reside...one of which is named after our very own Bard :biggrin otherwise its not bad looking...
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    I'm not really against it
    MANY cities have balanced there cultural heritage with modern needs, and being London has been a pain to build high on in previous decades, technological advances have meant we can get a bit done, I don't see it as a bad thing really

    skylines evolve, thats life.. as long as London looks after its heritage I think we can get the best of both worlds, a world class city for the 21st century, with hundreds of years of history wherever you look

    Bring it on!
     
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  6. nXPLOSi

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    Im all for it, the more London develops the more jobs etc will be produced, all good.
     
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  7. Maruchino

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    So long as it doesn't end up as empty commercial floorspace like much of the south east. Then again I guess central London is decoupled from the surrounding area regarding things like that.
     
  8. Fergal1982

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    Makes no odds to me what happens in 'The City' (as if its the only city in the country, or at least the only country worthy of note - a tad arrogant I think). They could level all it overnight and replace it with a giant whorehouse shaped like a gimungous pair of knockers, and it wouldnt really bother me much. Thats mainly because I like nowhere near it.

    Actually, thinking about it, that might actually be quite interesting to see. Think of the tourism.

    To be honest though, with our population increasing, high-rises are inevitable. Even if we were to hold off and spread outward, we'll eventually consume all the countryside and have one big city. and still our population will grow. High-rises for offices/residences are an economical way of putting much much more people into a smaller area.
     
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  9. nXPLOSi

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    Strange you say that, where ever I've been whether its London, Norwich, Liverpool, Manchester or Dublin among others, people all refer to the closest business city as "the city". I've never for once thought it was just a London thing...
     
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  10. Fergal1982

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    I've only ever heard of it in relation to London. I've also heard it used on things like the news, im sure.
     
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  11. zebulebu

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    I wouldn't worry about that skyline tbh. Most of the new buildings that are allegedly going up (provided they don't get pulled because of global recession lol) are infinitely nicer than the horrible eyesores that were flung up in the sixties & seventies - just look at the state of the ones on the South Bank next to Festival Hall or the Barbican high-rises...
     
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  12. tripwire45
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    Isn't that pointy building off to the right the TransAm Building (from the San Francisco skyline)? :wink:
     
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    Not quite! :biggrin It's known as "The shard of glass" . Details here.

    It has been a rather on/off/on project, with the current buisiness slowdown causing all sorts of delays.

    Wikipedia has some info and history as well.

    Harry.
     
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  14. hbroomhall

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    I don't see the (somewhat ugly) proposed 'Walkie-talkie' tower on that pic....

    Harry.
     
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  15. Arroryn
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    With all the high-rise stuff, I can't believe that *none* of you have mentioned the Fifth Element.

    I can't see the skyline looking like that being a bad thing... you need to come a bit closer to the ground to sort the issue.

    If that's 2012 - and presumably there will be more people in the City (sorry Fergal) occupying these premises... and the Olympics is going to be in town... I hope they are seriously going over the traffic infrastructure, and not just stargazing. I got caught in mash on the Tube this morning in a *normal* bunch of rush hour commuters. If they don't improve things, people are gonna start popping out of the windows, the trains are getting that full.
     
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  16. derkit

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    That's exactly the view I'm looking at at the moment from my office (well, without the new buildings!)
     
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  17. hbroomhall

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    Er - this is 'government', and civil-servants. What do you *expect* to happen? :p

    "The Overground" and Crossrail should help - if they are finished on time. But I'm already seeing reports for some projects saying that they won't be ready.

    Harry.
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    When I have to drive to Nashville, I say, "I'm going to Nashville"... I don't just call it "the city".
     
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  19. sunn

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    I was thinking the same thing! :blink
     
  20. sunn

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    Might be local slang, but even my family in New Castle will refer to London as "the city". Which, according to them, is overpriced & too crowded. I see their point when London's population is over 7M and the next highest populated city is Birmingham which is less than 1M.
     

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