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In Britain today we have experienced the huge infrastructure and architectural investment of the London Olympics (£9bn), alongside Crossrail (£15bn) and the Thames Estuary “super-port” (£1.5bn), distorting the image of recession.
There are some stalled projects in the City – most visibly the one-time Helter Skelter, now being built as a simpler structure, but September saw the completion of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Cheesegrater building, while Rafael Viñoly’s big-headed Walkie Talkie opens soon. Then there are the endless luxury apartment developments and the outsize residential basement extensions. […]