If you travel by train through Brixton, then you might have noticed through your windows just to the East of the town, a massive brick barrier.
Transport for London has decided to convert its listed art-deco headquarters building into residential flats as it prepares to move east to newer offices.
One of London’s greatest strengths, and in some ways, its greatest curse, has been the lack of a dominating Overload with the power to tear down entire chunks of the city and rebuild it in their preferred style.
There are plans, as I am sure you are aware for a pedestrian bridge across the Thames in the centre of the city, to be decked out in all sorts of greenery which is aimed to make it look terribly nice and pleasing.
Dotted around London can be found some of the Great Estates that are the consequence of developments by single minded owners often in Georgian periods. But the Great Estates are not just a historic quirk, but are a still growing phenomena across the city.
Wellington Arch next to Hyde Park has swapped out the display inside the top of the arch bit and is running a short exhibition on how 20th century buildings, often derided have been preserved and in some cases, gained affection.
Birmingham has two very large public spaces, separated by the brutalist architecture of the public library. One with the town hall and next to the market and main shopping areas, and on the other side of the library, sits a more artistic quarter with theatres.