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9 August 2022

Episode 565

30 minutes


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We meet the designers behind the new Taipei Performing Arts Center and discuss bespoke venue design with the architect behind London’s Abba Arena. Plus: inflatable pool toys.

9 August 2022

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


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Chapter 1

Taipei Performing Arts Center

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Founding partner Rem Koolhaas and managing partner David Gianotten of Dutch architecture studio OMA discuss the new venue on the site of Taipei’s historic Shilin Night Market.

8 minutes

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Taipei Performing Arts Center

Chapter 2

4 minutes


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Chapter 2

The Floatie

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Monocle’s Gregory Scruggs reflects on the whimsical flotilla found on one of the city’s lakes.

4 minutes

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The Floatie

Chapter 3

10 minutes


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Chapter 3

Abba Arena

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Alicia Tkacz of Stufish Entertainment Architects discusses the London venue created for a never-before-seen concert.

10 minutes

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Abba Arena

Chapter 4

4 minutes


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Chapter 4

Comedy venues

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Nic Monisse explains how everything from the layout of seats to the materials used in a comedy venue can help or hinder an audience’s laughter.

4 minutes

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Comedy venues

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