London. There is no better place in the world than this wondrous city

City of London skyline landscape

City of London skyline landscape

In writing about London for Der Spiegel  Christoph Scheuermann starts with three problems to which the landcape architecture profession can make a contribution. The crap weather, the traffic, the noise, the obscene amounts of money, the horrific rents, the Central Line during rush hour, the greed, the indifference, the Russians in Mayfair, the French in Notting Hill, and the price of a pint has long since risen above six euros: There are, of course, a number of reasons to hate London. But then the sun peaks through the clouds for a second, the woman sitting across from you in the subway smiles and you are given a ticket for a theater premier — and all the aggravations are forgotten. In such moments, it becomes clear: There is no better place in the world than this wondrous city. Nowhere is more exciting or more polite, nowhere else gives you more, despite terror, despite Brexit and despite the constant chaos. Landscape architects can:

Scheuermann then argues that Brexit could kill the golden goose. I completely disagree. London’s destiny is to be, as it has since the renaissance, a world city as well as a European city. Like Venice, it became great because of its separateness. But it does need more and better landscape architecture.

Tom Turner

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One comment on “London. There is no better place in the world than this wondrous city
  1. Robert Holden says:

    It is the change in weather that makes one appreciate the joys of the joy of spring sunshine, the ennui of an autumnal mist, the sharp cold of a January east wind. Advocating roofed open spaces would remove all this.

    It is a policy such as garden bridging the Thames that misses the point of where we are. We should aim to celebrate our open spaces as just that. Open.

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