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New London Bus: ‘Design must be a servant of need’

Ray Stenning, Best Impressions

The old Routemaster’s long service life turned it into a legend. But was it a good piece of design? In its day probably yes, but not in every way.

So what do I like about this new bus?

The heavily rounded rear dome (seen on many buses before the Routemaster, too) is a beautifully satisfying shape, enhanced here by the natural line of the rear stair window shape. The potency and power of the natural line is fundamental to good design, although many modern buses prefer styling for...

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