Monocle on Design

Architecture: a laughing matter?

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28 July 2020

Episode 459

30 minutes


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Today we’re approaching two topics that are rarely mentioned in the same breath: humour and architecture. Angela Brady, Kate Wagner and Owen Hopkins ask whether mirth can add to the debate on the built environment.

28 July 2020

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Chapter 1

Round table, part one

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Is there space in the world to consider how buildings can make the people who inhabit them smile? Angela Brady, Kate Wagner and Owen Hopkins unpack the intersection between humour and architecture.

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Chapter 2

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Comedy venues

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From an intimate theatre to a makeshift performance space in a grotty pub, how might a venue amplify or nullify laughter?

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Round table, part two

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We return to our round table with Angela Brady, Kate Wagner and Owen Hopkins.

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