Tracking London Personal Project

City: London
Type: CAD-drawings
Scope: Plotted plans

Hardware used: Garmin eTrex Legend H, Apple MacBook Pro.
Software used: EasyGPS, Microsoft Excel, Rhinoceros (Grasshopper), Adobe Illustrator.

“Over its medieval city the crystalline towers of progress rise, manifesting London as a patchwork of time and gesture, in between Elizabethan structures, brutalism, technoid statements and futuristic symbols found physicalness in steel and glass, constituting shape as heterotopic places in a fragmented field. There it lies in front of me with its pulsing veins flowing like rivers along its crooked paths and I am inside of it following its streams every now and then stepping out sneaking into islands of greenery through alleys and
gateways like an intruder into a subliminal coded world.”

If you ignore for one second the area in the north-east of London representing my place of residence, in order to read something more general about this city out of my subjective experience, you will discover that unlike in Berlin here a centre for the city is more visible although it is a stretched centre forming along the Thames with the bridges crossing. You will also discover that the part north of the river is and was always the more prominent and focused on area in the development of London. My explorations of the south stop shortly after crossing the Thames, this of course will be completely different for a person living or working in the south but the neglecting of the south in the urban planning of London was throughout its history quiet evident throughout most centuries.

Furthermore one can see the chaotic structure of the medieval city still illustrated in such a technical drawing of the 21st century’s representation of the city. This lies in stark contrast to the gridded layout of New York City or to take another European example the strong axis’s of Paris with its boulevards. This medieval structure being even rebuild after the fire of 1666 is not only still visible but also leaves many visitors and inhabitants often confused orientating around the city with its small and diagonal streets crossing here and there with ever changing angles. After tracking my own paths and the following reflection process I started to form a better understanding on how this fragmented city is connected.

For further reading on the subject follow the links for Berlin, Paris and New York City.

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