Urban planning is full of ‘what ifs’: designs for future cities that never materialised. In the final instalment of our series, Christopher Beanland looks at an unlikely elevated airport in central London.
It’s quite obvious why this plan was rejected, but it’s fascinating to read about nonetheless.
One specification is a given, however: the TX5 will have a turning circle of less than 28 feet, adhering to a London law from 1906 that ensures taxicabs are able to navigate the tight roundabout at the entrance to the Savoy Hotel in Westminster.
I like the look—modern yet respectful of tradition.
I recognised almost none of these. The The Rooftop Cinema Club and The Screen on the Green are my favourites.
Actually, “challenge” isn’t quite the word for the trial a London cabby endures to gain his qualification. It has been called the hardest test, of any kind, in the world. Its rigors have been likened to those required to earn a degree in law or medicine. It is without question a unique intellectual, psychological and physical ordeal, demanding unnumbered thousands of hours of immersive study, as would-be cabbies undertake the task of committing to memory the entirety of London, and demonstrating that mastery through a progressively more difficult sequence of oral examinations — a process which, on average, takes four years to complete, and for some, much longer than that.
An exceptional piece by Jody Rosen.