There are now proposals for over 230 new tall buildings to be built in London over the next decade, 80 per cent of which are residential. As London’s population continues to expand, is this high-rise vision of London’s future the right one for our city and its people?
Below are some of the views from the tall buildings debate taking place in the media:
- The rash of tall buildings popping up over the capital, including in Outer London, must stop. They are not sustainable, have unacceptable impact on local character and views – London Assembly Labour member Navin Shah
- You don’t have to go super-high to get the housing we need. High-density yet mid-rise developments like Kings Cross provide mixed-income communities without the negative consequences on the environment, public realm, and heritage – Max Salsbury
- Tall buildings are to be welcomed – Paul Finch, Architects Journal
- The London of the 2040s will be high, certainly – yet it will also be wide: a great sweep of mega-structures spreading from Canary Wharf in the east to Wandsworth Bridge in the west. – Will Self, The Guardian
Kicking off the London Festival of Architecture 2014 programme, Centre for London, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and New London Architecture (NLA) hosted a public discussion to debate the motion ‘London needs many more tall buildings’. Watch the debate below:
- Julia Barfield is director of Marks Barfield Architects.
- Nicholas Boys Smith is director of Create Streets.
- Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival.
- Nicky Gavron is chair of the Planning Committee at the London Assembly.
- Sarah Gaventa is an associate at RSH+P.
- Sir Edward Lister is deputy mayor for Policy and Planning at the GLA.
- Simon Jenkins is chairman of the National Trust.
- Rowan Moore is architecture critic for The Observer.
Credits: Tom Sturdy (Audio Post-Production), LSE AV Services (Audio Recording)