One of the transformations in
Stunning views of the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Tate Modern - are unobstructed by traffic. Unlike
But now, the process is going into reverse.
So much so that architectural writer Rowan Moore has coined the words “publoid, publate, privlid” to describe the sinister process by which corporate owners convert areas once open to the public into “managed and controlled spaces with uniformed wardens”.
This is what happened in Broadgate,
That’s why the protesters who sought to occupy the space outside the
Now, a £50 million proposal by the Singaporean asset-management company Venus for a floating park to run from the
English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment are voicing disquiet. English Heritage says the view of
And it is not only the high property value City part of the
Like the Olympics themselves, this proposal is promoted as “building a lasting legacy for the area”. But those who live and work there say it is a disaster waiting to happen.
The invasion of the “commons” is not a new process and not unique to
The clearing out of occupiers in New York’s Zucotti Park and the arrest of several St Paul’s activists outside the Guildhall in the last 24 hours makes it crystal clear that not only the right to protest, but simply to live, breathe and look at the world around you in a relatively free way is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
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