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White elephants:

Today we’re on safari for the architectural outliers known as white elephants: those buildings built with the best of intentions that – through poor conception, spiralling costs or unforeseen circumstances – have fallen from favour and out of use. We also talk to Richard Rogers and the Riba International Prize winners Grafton Architects.

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2696 Dec 2016
00:30:00

White elephants: 

Today we’re on safari for the architectural outliers known as white elephants: those buildings built with the best of intentions that – through poor conception, spiralling costs or unforeseen circumstances – have fallen from favour and out of use. We also talk to Richard Rogers and the Riba International Prize winners Grafton Architects.

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1 Dec 2016
00:05:07

On Design 19: How do you brand a political party?: 

Trying to articulate a political vision through visual branding is fiendishly difficult. Luckily for those design-challenged prospective parliamentarians out there, Monocle’s Andrew Mueller has a few sage words on the matter.

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26829 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Hong Kong design survey: 

Hong Kong started out as a city that made things and later became a trading hub for buying and selling. Now it has its sights set on becoming a regional centre of creativity, innovation and design. In this episode we take a look at what progress is being made, checking in with some of the main players from across the industry and talking to representatives from both the public and private sectors. Join us for the ride.

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24 Nov 2016
00:03:56

On Design 18: Why redesign Belgrade?: 

The Serbian capital’s street-level design is a cacophony of clashing elements but one man is waging war against this discord, vowing to bring aesthetic harmony to the city. Will he succeed?

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26722 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Design greats: meeting Moshe Safdie: 

We share a few tall tales with one of the last great modernist architects, Moshe Safdie. Meanwhile, we consider the legacy of seminal UK typographers Edward Johnston and Eric Gill and talk to the architect who has achieved that rarest of things: a well-designed trade-show booth.

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17 Nov 2016
00:05:44

On Design 17: What can Singapore learn from the Golden Mile Complex?: 

The shabby brutalism of Singapore’s Golden Mile Complex and adjoining Golden Mile Tower doesn’t fit with the city’s squeaky-clean, glass-and-steel vernacular. We ask how the pair have survived in a place that’s famously unsentimental about demolishing the old to make way for the new.

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26615 Nov 2016
00:28:11

London’s new Design Museum: 

London’s design fans are waiting with baited breath: the city’s Design Museum will open the doors of its new building on 24 November. We bring you an exclusive tour of the museum’s new home led by architect John Pawson and deputy director Alice Black. Plus: design and architecture reports from Singapore and Tokyo.

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10 Nov 2016
00:06:20

On Design 16: Berlin's theatre posters: 

Today, Berlin’s streets look for the most part like those of any big European city, with uniform façades and ubiquitous brands. But among the advertising for food-delivery services and the latest Rihanna album, something stands out: the striking posters promoting plays at Berlin's leading theatres.

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2658 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Tomorrow's design nations: 

More and more countries are recognising the advantages of cultivating a strong design scene, from boosting their economy to building up their soft power. We focus on three nations stepping up to the plate and asserting themselves as global design players for the 21st century.

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3 Nov 2016
00:06:43

On Design 15: Will Madrid’s next big museum ever open?: 

If Madrileños needed any further reminder of the political stalemate paralysing their country, a beautifully designed but conspicuously incomplete construction project next to the Royal Palace stands out as a searing symbol of the impasse.

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2641 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Design and the silver screen: 

On today’s show we turn our attention to the crossroads where design and architecture meet film, from a documentary about a St Louis housing project to an appreciation of the title sequence of ‘Superman’.

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27 Oct 2016
00:04:53

On Design 14: What can Antwerp teach us about fashion?: 

From the ‘Antwerp Six’ to Demna Gvasalia, the Antwerp Fashion Academy has produced some of the best international design talent of the past 30 years. So what makes this pedagogical powerhouse so special?

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26325 Oct 2016
00:28:59

Singapore special: design in the little red dot: 

This week we’re in Singapore to discover what the Lion City can teach the world about doing a lot with a little in the fields of fashion, architecture, product design and city-building.

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20 Oct 2016
00:05:31

On Design 13: Who is Álvaro Siza?: 

We explore the life and career of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. During six decades of work Siza’s style has come to encompass the optimism of the post-Salazar years and speaks volumes about Portugal’s soft-power pull today.

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26218 Oct 2016
00:30:52

Section D Live : 

This week we bring you a very special edition of ‘Section D’ recorded live from Midori House in London’s Marylebone. Typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann, ‘Disegno’ founder and V&A curator Johanna Agerman Ross and architecture critic Peter Murray join host Josh Fehnert to reflect on their careers, consider London’s status as a design city and mull over that age-old question: what is good design?

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