How London’s new buildings show how the city is facing terminal decline

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How London’s new buildings show how the city is facing terminal decline
Metropole © Lewis Bush
How London’s new buildings show how the city is facing terminal decline
Metropole © Lewis Bush

Ahead of a new exhibition, Lewis Bush, editor of disphotic.com, reveals the thinking behind his series Metropole, an architectural critique on the changing face of London, a city undoing many of the things that once made it unique.

Cities are places of constant change. It’s the nature of them, and it’s what makes them attractive. But not all change is equal; change can be organic, but it can be pernicious and abnormal.

London has always been a city in flux. But, for anyone living in London, the transformations of the past few years are impossible to ignore. Huge swathes of the city have been redeveloped, remarkable buildings demolished, long-standing communities displaced.

This current period of activity is unique, for it is is undoing many of the things that make the city unique. As social housing becomes luxury flats, as their inhabitants are forced out to the suburbs, the inner zones of the city become ever more homogenous, expensive and dull.

This issue is what underlies Metropole, a project that aims to visualise the changing skyline of London, to imagine how the city will come to look in the future and, most importantly, seeks to recreate the sensation of feeling lost in a city that was once familiar. […]

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