A Tale of Two Cities

A commission for the London Society's journal to accompany a piece from Paul Knox (author of London: Architecture, Building, and Social Change)

"Cities reveal themselves in the moods and personalities of their districts. The built environment is a mute manifestation of the shifting roles of cities in international urban systems, of changing ideals in architecture, urban design, and planning, changing class structures, fluctuating imperatives in property development, and the changing tastes and aspirations of consumers.

Laden with layers of symbolic meaning, everyday urban landscapes comprise moral geographies that echo these ideals and priorities and tend to make them seem natural and inevitable."