This is the latest in a series of articles and illustrations from our new special edition publication New Cartography.  The magazine offers readers a fresh and alternative take on mapping the urban environment through a collection of articles and illustrations from a wide array of contributors. The complete magazine can be viewed here.

Sale! 40% off! Buy one get one free! If shop fronts were vocalised they would sound like the desperate howl of a chancellor of the exchequer struggling to stimulate growth in a labouring economy.  They’ll do anything to get you inside, eyes wide, spending cash. Walk along any popular and busy high street and spectacular must-have items will steal your attention. They are at eye level, they are modelled by beautiful people and spit-polished like apples in an overpriced supermarket. Oxford Street and Regent Street, London’s most popular commercial avenues, with a Tokyo-style six-way pedestrian crossing and neon-lit facades, demand your attention. It’s difficult to look anywhere else but horizontally. But look up and there’s another world. Of architecture, statues, and traces of what once stood beneath.

The article was commissioned by The New Wolf for New Cartography – an IdeasTap-sponsored magazine.