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Building London: The Making of a Modern Metropolis [Hardcover]

Bruce Marshall
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27 Sep 2007

The City of London is still confined to a square-mile enclave, as it was when its residents crossed the river to see Shakespeare's newest plays in Southwark. At that time, up the river there was another city - Westminster, seat of the Royal Court, the Law Courts and Parliament - but within 200 years the two settlements had fused, making London the largest city on earth, the first to reach a population of one million.

In the nineteenth century, London's population grew to six million and the building boom began. Poorer people and dirty industries congregated in the east; the better-off lived and worked in the west. The Victorians built breathtaking edifices, the crown jewel of which was the new Houses of Parliament.

After the destruction of the Second World War, the post-war era saw the arrival of the modern movement and the wholesale use of poured concrete, glass and steel. Now, in the twenty-first century, London's architecture is as vibrant as ever - the last ten years have seen the building of many of London's greatest landmarks, including the Swiss Re headquarters and the London Eye.

Building London is a visual record of that remarkable story, detailing how the city was built and introducing the great architects and engineers. It contains rare images from the earliest days of photography, as well as evocative photographs from the last 100 years, ensuring all of London's iconic buildings are featured.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845962818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845962814
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 35 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lavishly illustrated study of London's architectural history and development

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Bruce Marshall was the founding editor of the Reader's Digest General Books programme, whose first book, The Reader's Digest World Atlas, sold more than 20 million copies in editions around the world. His book The Real World explored the dynamics of cities, among them New York, whose spectacular story inspired Building New York, his study of its buildings and builders.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest book on London? 11 Dec 2008
This is the best coffee table book on London I've ever seen. Not that it's just photos. In fact there's plenty of text to accompany the images. However it's the latter that stand out. There are endless refreshing and surprising angles on familar landmarks as well as images of residential architecture from Victorian slum housing to postwar housing estates. There are images of opulent Victorian hotel interiors, motorways under construction, of the great railway stations, medieval remnants, swanky new bars - this book really does attempt to capture everything that London is and has been. It succeeds brilliantly. There are endless superbly chosen black and white images of London as it was (and in the process of being built) together with colour photos of how those places look today and of contemporary additions. More than anything this book captures the spirit of London, the feeling of a city that is constantly rebuilding itself, and serves as a visual essay of how the modern metropolis came to be over the last 200 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 28 Jun 2012
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Beautiful book, great price for under $4 including shipping. Very tall, heavy, filled with black & white photographs detailing the development of modern London. Very succinct, informative accompanying text. great addition to a history lovers library.
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