Monocle on Design

Concrete conclusions

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5 April 2016

Episode 234

30 minutes

We hone in on a tough topic: concrete – and its changing role in architecture. We ask about its future, tell a few little known stories about its brutalist past and mull over the revival of this most polarising of products.

5 April 2016

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Chapter 1

Christopher Beanland on his new book

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Christopher Beanland is a writer and architecture critic. Here he talks us through his new book ‘Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World’.

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Park Hill, Sheffield

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Park Hill is a housing estate in Sheffield and the largest listed building in Europe. Opened in 1961, we tell the story of its rise, fall and reappraisal.

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Guillaume Habert on the future of concrete

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Concrete is labour intensive to create and not all that environmentally friendly. Guillaume Habert of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is working to make it fit for the future.

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Concrete designs: Three choice products

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We hear about three products that use concrete’s properties to increase their performance and charm.

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