Monocle on Design

Questioning modern architecture

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31 October 2017

Episode 316


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What most books label the 'history of architecture' is often a celebration of a narrow and subjective canon of works. But should we think differently about how we designate the desirable from the architecturally anonymous? Plus: reports on the winners of the Africa Architecture awards and Ralph Erskine award.

31 October 2017

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Colin Davies

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The author talks to us about his new book ‘A New History of Modern Architecture’, which takes a fresh look at the architectural canon.

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Durban’s uMkhumbane museum

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The uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban hopes to shed light and learning on the difficult history of the local Zulu population, while also acting as a space for business and the wider community.

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Mannheim’s Spinelli refugee camp

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The Erskine award for buildings that meet the needs of disadvantaged groups has been given to a refugee camp in Germany built by students and refugees themselves. We talk to one of the judges.

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