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Urban Development Collection

"Transforming skylines: The dynamic urban development of London" London, a city renowned for its rich history and iconic landmarks

Background imageUrban Development Collection: City of London skyline, including the Walkie Talkie building, Leadenhall building and The Gherkin

City of London skyline, including the Walkie Talkie building, Leadenhall building and The Gherkin, London, England, United Kingdom

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Before Aldwych HSI01_01_026

Before Aldwych HSI01_01_026
STRAND, WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON. Looking north-east along the Strand, past St Mary-le-Strand Church, towards Holywell Street, with the entrance to Drury Court on the left

Background imageUrban Development Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20120719

EyeUbiquitous_20120719
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Donegall Quay, The Big Fish Sculpture by John Kindness with the scales of the fish represented by pieces of printed blue tiles which show details of Belfasts history

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Residential architecture in downtown Tokyo, Japan

Residential architecture in downtown Tokyo, Japan

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Foyer JLP01_22_02_099

Foyer JLP01_22_02_099
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square, Manchester. Looking up at the glazed projecting prow of the main foyer of the Bridgewater Hall during its construction, with a workman in the foreground

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Inner roof structure JLP01_22_02_055

Inner roof structure JLP01_22_02_055
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square, Manchester. An elevated view looking down towards the metal framework of the inner roof structure of the Bridgewater Hall during its construction

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Inner roof structure JLP01_22_02_054

Inner roof structure JLP01_22_02_054
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square, Manchester. Looking down on the angular projecting bays on the north-east side of the Bridgewater Hall during its construction

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Construction site JLP01_22_01_027_05

Construction site JLP01_22_01_027_05
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square, Manchester. A panorama showing the Bridgewater Hall during construction from the north-west, viewed through a fisheye lens

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Construction site JLP01_22_01_025_06

Construction site JLP01_22_01_025_06
The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square, Manchester. A panorama showing the Bridgewater Hall during construction from the north-west, viewed through a fisheye lens

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Durham JLP01_10_26726

Durham JLP01_10_26726
Millburngate, Durham, County Durham. An elevated view from the north-west showing Millburngate, Riverside House and surrounding buildings, with Durham Castle beyond

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Playground JLP01_08_084029

Playground JLP01_08_084029
Lancashire Hill, Stockport. Children playing in one of the playgrounds at Lancashire Hill, surrounded by flats built using the 12M Jespersen system

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Before Aldwych HSI01_01_001

Before Aldwych HSI01_01_001
STANHOPE STREET, WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON. Looking south-east along Stanhope Street towards the junction with Newcastle Street

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Design for St Thomass Church, c. 1826 (w / c on paper)

Design for St Thomass Church, c. 1826 (w / c on paper)
3716225 Design for St Thomass Church, c.1826 (w/c on paper) by Dobson, John (1787-1865); 63x93.5 cm; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; (add.info.: St)

Background imageUrban Development Collection: British Museum, 1850 (w / c on paper)

British Museum, 1850 (w / c on paper)
5890788 British Museum, 1850 (w/c on paper) by Findlay, James (fl.1820); height: 21 cm; London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; (add.info)

Background imageUrban Development Collection: View of Coventry rooftops looking towards Stoke as seen from the Cathedral spire

View of Coventry rooftops looking towards Stoke as seen from the Cathedral spire

Background imageUrban Development Collection: View of Coventry rooftops looking towards Radford as seen from the Cathedral spire

View of Coventry rooftops looking towards Radford as seen from the Cathedral spire. In the foreground is the Holy Trinity Church. Circa 1936

Background imageUrban Development Collection: View of Coventry rooftops looking towards the construction of Trinity Street as seen

View of Coventry rooftops looking towards the construction of Trinity Street as seen from the Cathedral spire. Circa 1936

Background imageUrban Development Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20120718

EyeUbiquitous_20120718
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Donegall Quay, The Big Fish Sculpture by John Kindness with the scales of the fish represented by pieces of printed blue tiles which show details of Belfasts history

Background imageUrban Development Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20120717

EyeUbiquitous_20120717
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Donegall Quay, The Big Fish Sculpture by John Kindness with the scales of the fish represented by pieces of printed blue tiles which show details of Belfasts history

Background imageUrban Development Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20120721

EyeUbiquitous_20120721
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Donegall Quay, The Big Fish Sculpture by John Kindness with the scales of the fish represented by pieces of printed blue tiles which show details of Belfasts history

Background imageUrban Development Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20120720

EyeUbiquitous_20120720
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Donegall Quay, The Big Fish Sculpture by John Kindness with the scales of the fish represented by pieces of printed blue tiles which show details of Belfasts history

Background imageUrban Development Collection: W. H. Vanderbilt as a Colossus of Roads (colour litho)

W. H. Vanderbilt as a Colossus of Roads (colour litho)
BAL33559 W.H. Vanderbilt as a Colossus of Roads (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Columbiaville and Stockport Creek, near New York, early 19th century (oil on canvas)

Columbiaville and Stockport Creek, near New York, early 19th century (oil on canvas)
BAL32760 Columbiaville and Stockport Creek, near New York, early 19th century (oil on canvas) by American School, (19th century); American Museum, Bath, Avon, UK; American, out of copyright

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Baker Street Station, 1863 (w / c & bodycolour with pen & ink on paper)

Baker Street Station, 1863 (w / c & bodycolour with pen & ink on paper)
XYC283258 Baker Street Station, 1863 (w/c & bodycolour with pen & ink on paper) by Hodson, Samuel John (1836-1908); 43.3x60.5 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Settlement, South Africa C017 / 1931

Settlement, South Africa C017 / 1931
Settlement, South Africa

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Dresden, Germany, 19th Century artwork C018 / 7032

Dresden, Germany, 19th Century artwork C018 / 7032
Dresden, Germany. 1869 engraving of an aerial view over Dresden, Germany, and the surrounding area, with the river Elbe cutting through the middle

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Cape Town and Table Mountain C017 / 1930

Cape Town and Table Mountain C017 / 1930
Cape Town and Table Mountain. Aerial view over the highly developed Cape town suburb of Bloubergstrand, South Africa, looking over Table Bay towards Table Mountain in the distance

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Suez Canal, Egypt

Suez Canal, Egypt
Suez Canal. View across the deck of a container ship entering the Suez Canal, Egypt, with the city of Suez at upper right

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Futuristic eco city, conceptual image

Futuristic eco city, conceptual image

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Pregolya bridge opening, Russia C017 / 9412

Pregolya bridge opening, Russia C017 / 9412
Pregolya bridge opening. Ceremonial opening of the six-lane two-kilometre bridge over two branches of the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad, Russia. Photographed on 23rd December 2011

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Santiago, Chile, at dawn C013 / 7505

Santiago, Chile, at dawn C013 / 7505
Santiago at dawn. View over smog and a smoking power station in Santiago, Chile, at dawn. Santiago is the capital city of Chile

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Binhai, China, 1992-2012 C013 / 7146

Binhai, China, 1992-2012 C013 / 7146
Binhai, China, 1992-2012. Landsat satellite photograph of Binhai, China. This city is located on the coast of the Bohai Sea Region southeast of Beijing in China

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Shenzhen, China, 1999 - 2008

Shenzhen, China, 1999 - 2008, satellite image. Shenzhen is located in southern Chinas Guangdong province directly north of Hong Kong

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Shenzhen, China, 1988

Shenzhen, China, 1988, satellite image. Shenzhen is located in southern Chinas Guangdong province directly north of Hong Kong

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Raw sewage

Raw sewage overflowing from an access cover (manhole) for a public sewer, in Oxfordshire, UK. The sewage is flowing down a footpath to reach a chalk stream (not seen)

Background imageUrban Development Collection: Apartment blocks in Salford Quays Manchester UK

Apartment blocks in Salford Quays Manchester UK
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"Transforming skylines: The dynamic urban development of London" London, a city renowned for its rich history and iconic landmarks, continues to evolve with its ever-changing skyline. The City of London, home to the Walkie Talkie building, Leadenhall building, and The Gherkin, stands as a testament to the city's commitment to urban development. As you gaze upon the impressive structures that pierce through the clouds, it becomes evident that this is a city in constant motion. Each architectural masterpiece tells a story of innovation and progress. From the sleek curves of the Walkie Talkie building to the striking glass facade of The Gherkin, these buildings symbolize London's determination to push boundaries. But urban development isn't limited to towering skyscrapers alone; it extends far beyond. Construction sites scattered throughout the city are evidence of ongoing projects aimed at enhancing infrastructure and creating vibrant spaces for communities. These sites buzz with activity as architects, engineers, and builders work tirelessly towards their vision. Yet amidst this modernization lies an appreciation for heritage and tradition. Before Aldwych captures glimpses of an era gone by - cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings whisper stories from another time. It serves as a reminder that while progress is essential, preserving our past is equally important. Beyond concrete jungles lie green oases like playgrounds where children laugh and play freely – vital sanctuaries within bustling cities. These spaces provide respite from busy lives while fostering community spirit among residents young and old alike. It also encompasses places like Durham - picturesque towns blending seamlessly into their surroundings yet still embracing change when necessary. Here we witness how harmonious growth can coexist with historical charm. Looking back even further in time reveals design concepts such as St Thomass Church dating back to 1826—a blueprint showcasing early aspirations for architectural marvels that would shape future generations' visions.