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AbstractThis paper reviews the heights of buildings in London between c.1090 and 1666. Religious, military, aristocratic and civic buildings were often conspicuously taller than other structures, reflecting aspirations to reach towards heaven (as in the case of the Tower of Babel) and the...
AbstractLate twentieth-century social and linguistic theory tells us that the view from the tall building transforms us into analysts and historians, disembodied readers of the civic 'text'. This paper argues that the proposition would have been familiar to seventeenth-century City-dwellers, and...
AbstractThe first half of this paper examines the controversy associated with the building of Queen Anne's Mansions, London's first high-rise flats, erected between 1873 and 1890, and a catalyst for the introduction of height restrictions in the London Building Acts of 1890 and 1894. Subsequent...
AbstractThis article follows the ideology of the architect Charles Holden through his exploitation of space above and below ground: from his achievement in the design of Senate House Tower, for many years the tallest secular building in London, to his substantial contribution to the London...
AbstractThe preservation of views of St Paul's Cathedral and the future of the London skyline is a controversial subject. To the dismay of the conservation profession, the former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, liberalised London's view policies to make it easier to construct tall buildings in London....
AbstractIn 2001, plans were unveiled by a private developer for a 32-storey residential tower next to the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in Bankside. Although not the tallest building proposed within London's high-rise landscape, this tower became a minor cause célèbre within the city's media. The...
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