#2174: VieuxView

Many of the world’s most beautiful cities still need to have new buildings carefully inserted into central sites.

Every effort is usually made to have construction ‘in-keeping’ with historically-significant acrchitecture.

Today’s invention is a new service, based on a Google Streetview model.

When planning permission for a new building is granted, in an area of urban conservation priority, a robotic camera mounted on a cherry-picker would be taken to the location.

There, it would take enormous numbers of high-resolution photographs of significant buildings in the area from points within and behind the planned development site.

These would be views that would disappear forever after the new building is erected and thus otherwise be lost to future generations.