Monocle on Design

Hostile architecture

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9 October 2018

Episode 365

30 minutes


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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.

9 October 2018

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Chapter 1

Do we need ‘hostile’ architecture?

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In a bid to make our cities vandal-proof and safe, city-planners often end up with unpleasant designs. From the Camden bench to the ‘superloo’, UCL architectural historian Barbara Penner shares her pet peeves.

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‘Weaving: Contemporary Makers on the Loom’

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We learn to tell the warp from the weft as we discuss a new book about the ancient but fast-reviving craft of weaving with the author and friend of the show, Katie Treggiden.

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Vienna Design Week

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A special report from the 12th instalment of Vienna Design Week and the Polish designers who took centre stage at this year’s event.

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