London Sight-lines 2009, these are the places where construction is restricted to protect the most interesting views of famous landmarks. (via headlessness)
I was reading DiamondGeezer earlier, and on his trip to Richmond he mentioned that there’s a certain point on top of one of the hills in Richmond Park that has a view of St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 miles away. The view from this point is apparently protected, and no buildings may be erected which could in any way block the view of St Paul’s along this sight line, by order of the mayor’s office.
This piqued my interest, and a little bit of googling took me to iamdanw’s tumblr, which links to the above gorgeous map of protected sight lines across London. Most of these are centred on St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster (AKA the Houses of Parliament), but others are protected too.
I find this kind of thing absolutely fascinating, I really do. I like that central London’s skyline is really low, when compared to places like New York and other American cities, and it’s these kinds of planning restrictions which have helped maintain the views. And it’s not that we’re completely anti-skyscrapers: look at Canary Wharf, and at other buildings being built, like The Shard. It’s just that London restricts them in the very middle of the city, particularly around St Paul’s.