Edifice Fever: Why we should look on the former London mayor’s built legacy and despair

But something strange happened in London in the eight years from 2008 to 2016, a throwback to romantic megalomania, when the twice democratically elected mayor Boris Johnson slipped into his own Ozymandian reverie. Something gave him edifice fever, and he spent a good portion of the little energy he expended on actually being in charge devising projects to beautify the capital with his beneficences.

31st August 2017