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The Barbican estate: living with a legend

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30 October 2018

Episode 368

30 minutes

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.

30 October 2018

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The Barbican estate

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We discover the highs and lows of life at the brutalist complex with Stefi Orazi, author of a new book called ‘The Barbican Estate’, published by Pavilion Books earlier this month.

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Sweden’s National Museum reopens

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How can design express a country’s identity? A special report from Stockholm.

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Inside the Barbican’s Gilbert House

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What makes the Barbican a great place to live? We go inside the apartment of a long-time resident.

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