Hilltowns as Icons Anew

Nuance

Ten years ago, I wrote a short, inspirational piece about hill towns. Yesterday, as I regarded the still-noticeable configuration of Richmond upon Thames-rising up to the spire of St Matthias Church-the “hill town nuance” once again reminded of past urban forms that responded to the particular forces influencing human settlement at the time of their construction. In the wake of debates about post-pandemic city life, it seemed an appropriate time…