Eye: The Story Behind the London Eye

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-14
  • Publisher: Actarbirkhauser
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Sweeping one of the worlda??s most famous skylines at 135 meters in height, the London Eye is the largest observational wheel in the world, and provides a spectacular 30 minute a??flighta?? over the capital. But if it had not been for the vision, commitment and sheer persistence of David Marks and Julia Barfield, the husband and wife team of architects behind the project, the London Eye might never have been built. Eye tells the various stories behind the conception, development, realisation and construction of the capitala??s newest landmark, including personal and political dramas, corporate conflicts, doubts, risks, obstacles and accidents. Against the backdrop of New Laboura??s pre-millennium Britain, prominent public figures attacked and defended the project, there were unprecedented design and construction problems to overcome, and Marks and Barfield had to fight every inch of the way to maintain the integrity of their vision.This seminal moment in British architecture is celebrated through the dazzling photography of Marcus Robinson, insightful writing by The Guardian journalist Steve Rose, and the clean and modern design of Neville Brodya??s Research Studios.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Pure form - plates: 2-21p. 9
Revolutions in the skyp. 33
Factory - plates: 22-64p. 49
Seeing and believingp. 81
Construction - plates: 65-104p. 113
Full circlep. 145
Landmark - plates: 105-142p. 161
Descriptions of the platesp. 186
Biographiesp. 190
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