The British capital is never empty, and only major television events can clear the streets. So why do movies and science fiction teem with vacant blocks? Does urbanism have room for emptiness anymore?
The modern city anticipates our moods—start off jolly and you’ll find a dozen happy sights. Start the day day rotten, though, and everything’s squalid. How can you maintain sanity when the city changes as often as you do?
London is constantly changing—surviving bombs, rebuilding flats—so what’s there to hold onto when even the subway map’s an abstraction? Our longtime Londoner may notice only what’s missing, but his son sees the city for the very first time.
The London bombers were identified by the city’s vast camera system, recording footage of them humping their deadly backpacks, so did Orwell get it wrong? Are these spies more helpful than sinister? Our man in the U.K. explains how the capital keeps tabs on its citizens.
Terror strikes twice in as many weeks. A major city is disrupted, and discomfort is widespread. Our London correspondent sends us three days’ dispatches about life on the tube.
Our perceptions age with the cities around us—old thoughts are razed, new theories go up, the subway seems less confusing. But what about that band we loved as teenagers? What happened to them?
Though New York now has its own Soho club, it’s London where the eating club has its roots, though only in recent years for celebrities with hungry noses.
As New York recovers from Sept. 11 with construction, it would do well to look abroad for ideas. Reporting on the history of London’s skyline, and how architecture heals.
As Britain prepares for the Golden Jubilee—the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s throning—a reflection on the pomp, circumstance, and correctly colored ties in the monarch/subject relationship.