Map of London Social and Functional Analysis 1943

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[Updated] This map of London districts, was intended to be used as a grand “masterplan” of how a post-WW2 London could look. Each district appears as a simplified “blob” with rounded edges – many districts are simple ovals. Specific single “University”, “Government”, “Press” and “Law” districts are all defined. Blue dots mark out the main shopping streets, with town halls marked with larger red dots.

The accompanying text reads:

A simplification of the communities & open space survey showing the existing main elements of London. Around the centre consisting of the Fort City and West End are grouped the residential communities which are divided into A. the central communities around the West End, B. the East End & South Bank communities which have a high proportion of obsolescent property & in the main are adjacent to or mixed with industry, C. the suburban communities, the major open spaces & industrial concentrations are also shown.

Thankfully London has not ended up as ordered and prescribed – and obsolescent – as this map suggests.

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[Update - Thanks to Andrea Marchesetti for mentioning the below related map, from around the same time and with the same general idea, except with more precise boundaries drawn around the communities.]

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Scan of the main out-of-copyright map (top and middle) from Urban Realm. Another source. The second map can be found here.