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Complex City: London's Changing Character

Author/EditorManning, Jane : Allies (Author)
Antony Rifkin; (Author)
Daniel Elsea; (Author)
Lionel Eid; (Author)
George Garofalkis (Allies and Morrison) (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781859468944
Pub Date01/09/2020
BindingHardback
Pages208
Dimensions (mm)219(h) * 276(w)
This is a visual, geographic and narrative journey that explains why London is the way it is today.
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Part story, part atlas - this is a study of a city’s complexity. The most successful, interesting and sought-after cities are those with an intrinsic and distinctive character that remain dynamic and relevant. They are complex and contradictory, nd that is worth embracing. This is a visual, geographic and narrative journey that explains why London is the way it is today. Using stunning maps and artful imagery, it makes a compelling case for a finer grain understanding of density through a character-based approach to planning. Each character area is broken down, exploring the characteristics and character-based development potential. For design and planning professionals developing the key concept stages of a project, it’s a valuable reference tool to inform site analyses. For map lovers and those fascinated by London, it is a must-read.

Jane Manning is a Director at Allies and Morrison and has led the production of several high profile masterplans, including the Old Kent Road and Lea Bridge. Antony Rifkin is a Partner at Allies and Morrison specialising in masterplanning and is currently working on regeneration projects across the UK. Daniel Elsea is a Director at Allies and Morrison and head of communications. Lionel Eid is an urban designer and Associate at Allies and Morrison. George Garofalakis is an urban designer at Allies and Morrison with extensive experience in GIS technologies.


Part story, part atlas - this is a study of a city’s complexity. The most successful, interesting and sought-after cities are those with an intrinsic and distinctive character that remain dynamic and relevant. They are complex and contradictory, nd that is worth embracing. This is a visual, geographic and narrative journey that explains why London is the way it is today. Using stunning maps and artful imagery, it makes a compelling case for a finer grain understanding of density through a character-based approach to planning. Each character area is broken down, exploring the characteristics and character-based development potential. For design and planning professionals developing the key concept stages of a project, it’s a valuable reference tool to inform site analyses. For map lovers and those fascinated by London, it is a must-read.

Jane Manning is a Director at Allies and Morrison and has led the production of several high profile masterplans, including the Old Kent Road and Lea Bridge. Antony Rifkin is a Partner at Allies and Morrison specialising in masterplanning and is currently working on regeneration projects across the UK. Daniel Elsea is a Director at Allies and Morrison and head of communications. Lionel Eid is an urban designer and Associate at Allies and Morrison. George Garofalakis is an urban designer at Allies and Morrison with extensive experience in GIS technologies.


Jane Manning is a Director at Allies and Morrison and has led the production of several high profile masterplans including including the Old Kent Road and Lea Bridge. Antony Rifkin is a Partner at Allies and Morrison specialising in masterplanning and is currently working on regeneration projects across the UK. Daniel Elsea is a Director at Allies and Morrison and head of communications. Lionel Eid is an urban designer and Associate at Allies and Morrison. George Garofalakis is an urban designer at Allies and Morrison with extensive experience in GIS technologies.

Introduction Part 1: Layers of London 1. What is Character and why is it Important? 2. Natural Landscapes 3. The Square Mile 4. Ancient Routes 5. Georgian Planning 6. Victorian Enterprise 7. 20th Century Modernity 8. London's Centres 9. Artificial Landscapes Part 2: A Way of Seeing 10. What Does it Mean for London? 11. From the Generic City to the Complex City

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