London's Shard tower draws praise, criticism

12/21/2009 | Times (London) (subscription required), The

London's Shard tower will grow by about two stories each week and will reach 1,016 feet by late 2011. The skyscraper was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and is expected to be completed in May 2012. While some observers say the Shard's ambitious design symbolizes an economic recovery, others have criticized the design and say it does not fit with the streetscape of historic London.

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