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Cities of the future :

What will our cities look like in 2050? We ask an architect and urban planner to answer just that. Plus: a listed building comes of age in London, and part one of our series on office furniture and the changing world of the workplace.

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39721 May 2019
30 min

Cities of the future : 

What will our cities look like in 2050? We ask an architect and urban planner to answer just that. Plus: a listed building comes of age in London, and part one of our series on office furniture and the changing world of the workplace.

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16 May 2019
7 min

Extra: Modernist Metroland: 

London’s grade II-listed Arnos Grove underground station is a classic example of modernist influences in the UK capital’s Metroland.

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39614 May 2019
30 min

Drawing conclusions: 

We look at the unusual history of architectural drawings and debate the advantages of putting pencil to paper with architect Sam Jacob. Plus: architect Piero Lissoni on his new showroom for De Padova and a postcard from Toronto.

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9 May 2019
6 min

Extra: Straight to the moon: 

The idea of settling on the moon was once considered science fiction – but could it become a reality? Given the radical difference in atmosphere and vast lack of resources, we find out what materials could be used for building.

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3957 May 2019
30 min

Making a mark in Hong Kong: Henry Steiner: 

We talk graphic design with the Viennese émigré behind some of Hong Kong’s best-known corporate logos. Plus: we’re up early to explore London’s best furniture market.

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2 May 2019
6 min

Extra: The problem with concrete: 

Each year we make enough concrete to build a wall 30 metres high, and 30 metres wide all the way round the equator. That staggering sum can’t be sustainable, so what kind of impact is it having and why aren’t we embracing alternatives?

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39430 Apr 2019
30 min

Looking tasty: food-packaging special: 

What makes food and drink packaging stand out? To answer the question we speak to London-based Here Design, who share their thoughts on pattern, typography and why we need to stop saying the word “artisan”. Plus: Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum on life in Dhaka.

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25 Apr 2019
5 min

Extra: What are air rights?: 

Air rights are rarely heard of and seldom used but they have the potential to be the most useful – and lucrative – real estate for governments. So what are they?

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39323 Apr 2019
30 min

Meeting Elizabeth Diller : 

Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro on her early career, why she nearly became a dentist and opening New York’s most anticipated arts venue, The Shed.

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18 Apr 2019
6 min

Extra: Tbilisi’s hopeful horizons : 

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tbilisi has fallen into disrepair and any new developments, despite being hastily erected, are left empty. But there’s hope: the first architecture biennial since the 1980s is imminent.

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39216 Apr 2019
30 min

Coffee with David Chipperfield : 

We check in with David Chipperfield to talk coffee pots and ask how the right kind of design can help combat our obsession with consumerism. Plus: are designers under constant pressure to innovate?

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11 Apr 2019
5 min

Extra: Why go to the Milan Furniture Fair?: 

Salone Del Mobile is one of the biggest dates in the design diary but why do so many people flock to the city?

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3919 Apr 2019
30 min

Salone del Mobile 2019: 

Patricia Urquiola mulls over the Milan furniture fair and Robert Bound muses on the art of the meet-and-greet. Plus: creative director of Firmdale Hotels and homewares designer Kit Kemp talks to Josh Fehnert about her winsome new book.

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4 Apr 2019
5 min

Extra: Japan’s 2020 vision : 

The countdown to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics has already begun. And as Japan unveils the designs commissioned for the event, one question arises: what can good design do for a country’s image?

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3902 Apr 2019
30 min

Why craft matters: 

The intersection of craft and utility at the inaugural Harewood House biennial and the opening of retailer Galeries Lafayette’s latest space in Paris.

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