Antje links to this extraordinarily well-illustrated piece in the MailOnline: .
London enters the age of the skyscraper
Around 70 tall buildings are under construction, with nearly 200 more planned – despite London’s reputation and history as a ‘low-rise’ city with just a few skyscrapers concentrated in small pockets.
Cheerleaders say the massive change is the only way to deal with London’s housing crisis by increasing the density of the inner city.
But critics insist the new tower blocks are being built to serve foreign investors who are likely to leave the buildings empty – doing nothing to ease the problems of ordinary Londoners who face soaring rents and house prices.
This graphic shows how the City of London could look when proposed new skyscrapers are built, after a new report revealed that 263 tall buildings are currently being planned for the UK’s capital.
A projection of how the Southwark area and the banks of the Thames could look when all the new skyscrapers are built.
One Blackfriars, a 50-storey residential tower, pictured from Blackfriars Bridge in an artist’s impression.
Many more here.
Says Antje: “Apparently the new residential high rise apartments are sold to foreign investors by the storey. Many remain empty.”