London Town

Plague and then fire in 1666, and the blitzkrieg of the 1940’s, were two occasions for urban reconstruction in the great English-British capital. Yet, Londoners stood fast. Read more.


2 thoughts on “London Town”

  1. D2-D…. No apology needed. The internet is famous for posting un-edited text. I don’t know how to get around that anymore than the next guy.

    The argument building here is heading some two decades ahead of the date of the coronation… 24 years on when Prince Albert died of typhoid. Yes, all of these ‘facts on the ground’ are meant to be co-ordinated with the much slower-paced march of Modern urbanism globally, in order to shine light on urbanism here in our city.

    Here is the sketch I’m working on:

    1858—London. Fleet Street declares “The Summer of the Great Stink”. The Houses of Parliament were completing in this period, and the new queen had ascended the throne 21 years earlier, herself just 18 years old at coronation. In 1861 Prince Albert would die of typhoid before the Victoria and Albert embankments intersecting the sewage lines would be completed to carry away flows from the north and south banks of the Thames.

    A teenage Queen takes the throne, but who is really in charge? And, what sector of society is placed on top, and what sector falls to the bottom?

    Not as easy a question as a two-year discrepancy in a coronation of a problematic Queen.

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