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London: Bread and Circuses

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For all its inventiveness, however, it is now also a city unable to provide its citizens with decent public transport, housing or services, beset and betrayed by governments who take from it but refuse to give back. In the lead-up to the much-hyped Millennium, a fortune was spent on lavish building projects – giant wheels, great courts, titanic art galleries, ambitious museums, a Brobdingnagian dome – but little in the way of public services, intelligent urban planning and infrastructure except by default. Has ...
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Overview

For all its inventiveness, however, it is now also a city unable to provide its citizens with decent public transport, housing or services, beset and betrayed by governments who take from it but refuse to give back. In the lead-up to the much-hyped Millennium, a fortune was spent on lavish building projects – giant wheels, great courts, titanic art galleries, ambitious museums, a Brobdingnagian dome – but little in the way of public services, intelligent urban planning and infrastructure except by default. Has the right kind of money been spent on the wrong sort of projects? Who, in this pluralistic age, will cut through the layers of bureaucracy to restore some of the city’s unruly splendor? In this elegant and polemical book, the architecture critic Jonathan Glancey explores London’s Millennial follies and asks how and where London might now channel its energies. Combining anecdote and analysis with a sustained critique of the way the city is governed and financed, he draws a detailed picture of the state London’s in and speculates on how it might be transformed.
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“a cri de Coeur ... a final despairing shout from a humanist for whom architecture is too often vacuous bunkum.”—Jay Merrick, Independent

“Jonathan Glancey is a wonderful communicator.”—Norman Foster

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859846452
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Glancey is Architecture and Design Editor of the Guardian, a position he previously held at the Independent. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, his previous books include New British Architecture, Twentieth Century Architecture and The Story of Architecture.
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Table of Contents

Bread and Circuses
Circus No. 1 The Dome
Hold on Very Tightly
Circus No. 2 Jubilee Line Extension
Mess Up the Mess
Circus No. 3 Royal Opera House
Angels with Angry Faces
Circus No. 4 Tate Modern
Bedlam
Circus No. 5 Great Court
Palaces for the People
Circus No. 6 London Eye
Tutti Frutti on Poultry
Circus No. 7 Millennium Bridge
Hot Air and Great Stinks
Circus No. 8 Portcullis House/Gla Building
Resource List
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
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