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Thornley, A. (ed.) 1992: The Crisis of London. Routledge Travers, T. 2004: The Politics of London: Governing an Ungovernable City. London, Palgrave. West, K., Scanlon, K., Thornley, A, and Rydin, Y. 2003: The Greater London Authority: problems of strategy integration. Policy and Politics, 31 (4), 479-496. Wheen, F. 1985: The battle for London. London: Pluto Press.

Topic 9: The Spatial Matrix of the City of London

Field Visit to the City of London

Meeting point: Bank Station (Zone 1)

This visit to London’s economic mainstay will consider the role of the built environment and a distinct ‘spatial matrix’ in maintaining and developing the City of London’s commercial strength over the last two hundred years. The visit will highlight how coffee shops, private members’ clubs and public houses within the Square Mile have helped generate and nurture relationships of trust and confidence, and an associated shared pool of information and expertise. A focus will also be made on the relationship between new trading technologies and architectural design, the impact of greater competition from Frankfurt and Canary Wharf over the last decade on the City’s built form, and spaces and symbols representative of the City of London’s global complexion.

Further Reading:

Budd, L. and Whimster, S. 1992: Global Finance and Urban Living: A Study of Metropolitan Change. Daniels, P. and Bobe, J. 1993: Extending the boundary of the City of London? The development of Canary Wharf. Environment and Planning A, 25, 539-552. Diamond, D. 1991: The City, the `Big Bang' and office development. In Hoggart, K and Green, D. (eds.) (1991) London: A New Metropolitan Geography, Edward Arnold, 79-94. Fainstein, S. and Harloe, M. 2000: Ups and downs in the global city: London and New York at the millennium. In Watson, S. and Bridge, G. (eds.), 155-167. Fainstein, S. 1994: The city builders: property, politics and planning in London and New York. Oxford: Blackwell. GLA, 2005: From the Ganges to the Thames: an analysis of Indian FDI into London. London: GLA Economics. Kynaston, D. 2001: The City of London, Volume IV: a club no more: 1945-2000. London: Chatto and Windus. Leyshon, A. and Thrift, N. 1997: "Sexy Greedy": The new international financial system, the City of London and the south east of England'. In Leyshon, A and Thrift, N Money/Space: Geographies of Monetary Transformation, London, Routledge, 118-163. Michie, R. 1992: The City of London: continuity and change, 1850-1990. London: Macmillan. McRae, H. and Cairncross, F. 1991: London as a financial centre. London: Methuen. McDowell, L. 1997a: Capital cultures: gender at work in the city. Oxford: Blackwell. Pryke, M. 1991: An international city going ‘global’: spatial change in the City of London, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 9, 197-222. Pryke, M. 1994: Looking back on the space of a boom: (re)developing spatial matrices in the City of London. Environment and Planning A 26, 235-264.

Topic 10: Ordinary London: Vernacular Geographies of the City

This session will counter a tendency to focus on the City of London and international finance in discussions of London’s economy, and to emphasise the city centre and spectacular

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