Just over a year ago, my friend, Yolanda, and I were asked if we’d like to write about architectural skylines around the world. Not just any old skylines; these would made out of our chosen buildings to create an imaginary skyline that would hopefully encapsulate the history, culture and heart of the cities we chose. It was an epic task. We first had to agree on categories – finally we nailed them down to ‘cultural’, ‘seaside’, ‘fortress’, ‘skyscraper’, ‘sacred’ and, our personal favourite, ‘visionary’. Then we had to choose the cities themselves. We started with cities we knew well – skyscraper Tokyo, cultural Genoa – expanding out to unmissable ones (Mecca, for sacred; Baku, for fortress). Finally, on to the fanciful (how about Timbuktu, for cultural, or the imaginary Utopia, for visionary?).
In spite of the hard work, it was a fascinating project to work on. It was all the more rewarding when Jenny Seddon’s fabulous illustrations appeared to represent the buildings. We hope you like it…
Latest book: Skylines: A Journey Through 50 Skylines of the World’s Greatest Cities. Out October 2015. Buy now