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Preface. Prologue: Dream Isle. NW1: A Midsummer Night's Dream. SE1 to EC4: Discontinuous Cities. SE16: Darwin's Islands. SW1: Madam Delia's Urban Roost. SW7: Carousel. SW11: Battersea Dating Agency. EC1: The Nocturnal Tower. W1: The Baker's Garden. W2 to EC3: The Celestial River. Any Public Square in London: The Globetrotter

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CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Cultural Design at the Bartlett, UCL, and founder of Studio 8 Architects, a multi-disciplinary practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape that specialises in cultural and social sustainability. His tenth authored book Smartcities and Eco-warriors was published by Routledge in 2010. Ed Liu is a partner at Barnaby Gunning Architects, and is a long-time collaborator of Studio 8 Architects. He has worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Sri Lanka, and is the co-author of Smartcities and Eco-warriors.


"Swollen by tides of disappearance and dreams, this urban hologram is a gift from CJ Lim and Ed Liu: an extraordinary carousel of romance and nursery rhymes, spinning a new London from artificial Thameside islands and abandoned sandcastles, its slum constellations acupunctured from above by celestial postcodes. Lim and Liu offer us Eden: mythic respite from a world where architecture means nothing but backdrop. Here, we see, the city will always be canine, animated by angels, ungoverned and anything but mundane."Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG

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