quote 17:46:32 Due to sensitivities over government and military installations, only 11 companies in China have licenses to do comprehensive mapping, and half of those simply exist to support the government.
quote 20:15:05 The appearance of the building has created what Travers calls a “new mental geography” of the capital. For example the presence of the Shard makes suddenly obvious what every London taxi driver already knew: that the quickest way from Westminster to the City is via the South Bank.
Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the LSE, quoted in Robert Booth’s good overview of London’s Shard: a ‘tower of power and riches’ looking down on poverty in The Guardian. (Also covered: its role as a “soft power” play by the Qataris.)