Location of Institution
Canary Wharf was born 30 years ago from the ashes of dockland to rise as a financial center. Canada Square was the regeneration point of Docklands, which was the tallest building in Britain in 1970s (Bianchini 1995). The uniform type of design at the Docklands is an indication that one company owns the place. The use of space and building types are similar in and around Docklands.
In the 1970s, the government decided to tackle major problems in the area by directing significant investment. The city is different from other cities regarding development and design. It is a workplace for over 100000 people, large office areas, and apartment blocks. New urbanism is Canary Wharf saw a shift in development from a single block to the whole community (Highmore 2016). The design was to strengthen social bonds. However, major contestation is the lost of the community spirit that old docklands used to have.
This place was originally for the people of Dockland origin. However, with many developments, foreigners have come to live and work there. People live in community-like houses, which make even new people feel at home. The place is so beautiful to explore. It has wonderful museums’ and the tallest building in Britain with a fantastic view of river Thames (Massey 2005). There is no hostile design because the infrastructure is well-developed. The master plan of the city is such a spectacle. The design of the building, the sidewalks and the bridges is outstanding.
Dockland is a business district with many economic developments. The good transport system that allows people to and from the areas to do business. Besides, global companies have opened outlets in the area because it is a financial center. The growth of dockland as a city gave jobs to thousands of people. Unlike other cities, the designers developed cycle and pedestrians routes with the access of dock edge and rivers (Klingmann 2007). The designers considered the pedestrians, cyclists and motorists when developing the city.
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Klingmann, A., 2007. Brandscapes: Architecture in the experience economy. Mit Press.
Massey, D., 2005. For space Sage. Thousand Oaks CA.