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Elemental: the work of Alejandro Aravena:

We meet Pritzker prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena to talk politics, climate change and architecture’s role in turbulent times. Plus: what is director Wes Anderson up to in Vienna?

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37013 Nov 2018
30 min

Elemental: the work of Alejandro Aravena: 

We meet Pritzker prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena to talk politics, climate change and architecture’s role in turbulent times. Plus: what is director Wes Anderson up to in Vienna?

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8 Nov 2018
6 min

Extra: The big Apple : 

Steve Jobs once said ‘Design is how it works’ – and it was a mantra that became a cornerstone in the success of iPhone. This week, as Apple launches its new iPad Pro (the latest in a long line of recent releases), we look back at some of the design features that introduced touchscreens, among many other technological advancements.

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3696 Nov 2018
30 min

Meeting Olafur Eliasson : 

What can designers learn from artists – and where does one discipline end and the other begin? We sit down with Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson to find out. Plus: London-based watchmaker Uniform Wares on keeping time with the industry and our Fashion editor’s chat with a brand worth knowing.

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1 Nov 2018
5 min

Extra: Strings attached: Gibson guitars: 

It’s been a turbulent few months for Nashville’s Gibson guitars, which has just announced former Levi’s president James Curleigh as its new CEO. That’s music to the ears of fans of the ailing brand, with a proposed revamp aimed at retuning the business. We look back at the designs that made Gibson a headliner in the first place.

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36830 Oct 2018
30 min

The Barbican estate: living with a legend: 

Fifty years since the first residents moved in, we explore life in London’s much-discussed brutalist housing complex. Plus: a tour of Sweden’s newly reopened National Museum after a five-year transformation.

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25 Oct 2018
7 min

Extra: Bricking it: 

“Bricks and mortar” is a phrase that evokes feelings of safety, reliability and permanence – but do these ancient materials pass muster in a world of sparkling glass towers? One architecture firm we spoke to thinks so. Henley Halebrown recently celebrated the traditional brick-built trope (with a twist) in the recently completed University of Roehampton’s Chadwick Hall.

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36723 Oct 2018
30 min

Architecture for animals: 

We ask what designers dream up when they put animals at the centre of their thinking, see the silkscreen printers pushing on in Beirut and visit a Stirling prize-winning building to augur the future of the news industry.

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18 Oct 2018
6 min

Extra: Centre Point – taming a white elephant: 

The Centre Point building has been a firm fixture of the London skyline since its completion in 1966. Designed by George Marsh, its 33 storeys have remained virtually empty ever since. Together with Conran + Partners, Almacantar has redeveloped the Grade II-listed building with heartening intentions: but can it redesign public opinion?

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36616 Oct 2018
30 min

‘Why Materials Matter’: 

We peek inside the innovative Berlin-based design company that’s developing pollution-eating façades to tackle city smog. Plus: Mexican architect Frida Escobedo on her love of traditional materials and a discussion on the ethics of what we build with in new book ‘Why Materials Matter’.

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11 Oct 2018
8 min

Extra: The Frankfurt kitchen: 

Considered to be a milestone in domestic architecture, we trace the roots of the modern kitchen back to 1920’s Frankfurt and the woman who cooked up a storm within in: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky.

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3659 Oct 2018
30 min

Hostile architecture: 

We look at the ups and downs of ‘hostile’ or ‘defensive’ architecture, those prickly interventions designed to curb anti-social behaviour, vandalism and lingering. Plus: a new book about weaving and a special dispatch from Vienna Design Week.

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4 Oct 2018
9 min

Extra: Designing Disneyland: 

Will Disney’s theme parks continue to uphold the ideals of Walt’s original vision?

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3642 Oct 2018
30 min

Fixing public space: 

Public space in cities is increasingly scarce, we seek out an example in Lebanon that’s getting it right. Plus: Monocle’s Fashion editor Jamie Waters on why Celine’s new creative director is causing a stir and a report on the designers who call Vancouver home.

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27 Sep 2018
8 min

Extra: Remembering Robert Venturi: 

We discuss the reluctant father of postmodernism and his life and work partner, Denise Scott Brown. Venturi redefined not only how buildings should look but how we should think about architecture’s role in the world.

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36325 Sep 2018
30 min

‘California Captured’: 

We make for the sun-soaked hills of southern California to examine the post-war modernist-architecture boom (and mine a few lessons for today). Plus: Josh Fehnert talks to Katie Treggiden about London Design Festival.

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