27 Jul '12, 3pm

The Shard London Bridge: The European Union's Tallest Skyscraper

The Shard London Bridge: The European Union's Tallest Skyscraper

The Shard is the newest addition to the European Union's great pantheon of skyscrapers. Located in London on the south side of the Thames, it climbs almost as high as Los Angeles's U.S. Bank Tower. Italian architect Renzo Piano topped the Shard with multiple peaks to reference the UK's tradition of ship masts and church spires. Photo: brionv Several factors made London an attractive location for building the Shard. According to the Los Angeles Times, improvements in local building codes during the 1960's made tall skyscrapers possible, and an existing mass transit station next door to the Shard supports high density development. Furthermore, London's global culture and political stability were important to the Shard's financial backers. Photo: Brian Adamson Some opinion makers are unhappy about the Shard , in part, because it was funded by foreign investors. Specifically, ...

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