Owen Hatherley

How London Got Lumbered With The Shard

While the Gherkin proved to be London’s cuddliest skyscraper, taken instantly to heart by Londoners, The Shard (commonly known as ‘Sauron’s Tower’) has been pretty much universally reviled as an out-of-proportion eyesore that has ruined the horizons of the city. Yet, incredibly, it was green-lit by anti-skyscraper councillors who thought they were outwitting developers by […]