Perspectives on the City

News that a group of urban explorers had broken in to and climbed the as-yet unfinished ‘Shard’ in London, got me thinking back to an amazing thread of articles on BldgBlog about explorers of urban tunnels. Finding new perspectives on the city creates some interesting opportunities to push at the definition of what is or isn’t public space, and how our cities are planned, built and run, (and who owns the view). It also raised the question of space vs population, and what if we need to start building down, as well as up?

There’s a further article here, called What it’s like to (illegally) climb London’s tallest building, and John Thackara uses this unusual perspective on urban living as a route in to looking at the bigger picture here.

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