This is what London's skyline could look like in 20 years

With more than 200 towers of heights 20 stories or greater planned to be built in London over the next 20 years, the UK's capital city is in for some big visual changes. Architectural visualization firm Hayes Davidson places those planned towers over a current image of London to imagine the future shape of London's… » 2/04/14 9:40am 2/04/14 9:40am

How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground

As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city's subway system, it's worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries. » 1/02/14 7:19pm 1/02/14 7:19pm

Proposed future London airport would float atop the Thames

While the UK government is contemplating building an airport east of London, a handful of architects have already put forth their visions for an airport within the city limits, looking to the River Thames as the site of the new runways. Architecture firm Gensler imagines a future London airport set atop a series of… » 9/08/12 5:00pm 9/08/12 5:00pm

In 1890, the English held a contest to design London's wacky rip-off of …

Inspired by the financial success of the Eiffel Tower — which was erected in Paris for the 1889 World's Fair — a group of Englishmen attempted to bang out their own ersatz Eiffel a year later. This contest to design the never-to-be "Great Tower of London" received 68 designs. Some resemble alien fortresses and all of… » 7/11/12 3:20pm 7/11/12 3:20pm

A Map Reveals How Much of London Actually Lurks Below the Earth

Much of a city's history is written in its architecture, its infrastructure, and even its natural geographical features. Over time, however, much of that history is lost. Buildings are leveled, and rivers and subway lines are entombed in the ground, interred forever to make room for taller buildings, wider roads, and… » 5/16/12 11:33am 5/16/12 11:33am

What it's like to (illegally) climb London's tallest building

When it's completed next month, the Shard of Glass will be Western Europe's tallest skyscraper, topping out at 1,017 feet. Even though this shimmering pyramid isn't open to the public yet, that didn't stop a group of urban explorers from ascending it and getting a Spider-Man's-eye-view of the Thames. » 4/10/12 9:15am 4/10/12 9:15am