Renzo Piano talks about his tower and how it will act as the sensor for London.
This article titled “Renzo Piano: ‘The Shard will be a sensor of London'” was written by Rowan Moore, for The Observer on Sunday 13th January 2013 00.05 UTC
What are the most important things that the Shard does for London?
Bringing attention back to Southwark. I thought this was a good idea from [former mayor] Ken Livingstone, that you balance the energy of the City by putting something strong on the south bank, in the more poor part of the city. If you are driving around, bicycling around, walking around, you have a new orientation point. I receive many messages from people about this: it is a kind of lighthouse in London. It is quite a surprising element, and providing surprise and wonder is not essential, but it is not a bad thing to do.