Section D

Carry on London

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23 August 2016

Episode 254

28 minutes


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This week we turn our attention to London. Storm clouds of uncertainty may be overhead in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave Europe but a few design-minded developments are showing the British capital in a sunnier light.

23 August 2016

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Chapter 1

‘Slow Burn City’: Rowan Moore on London’s growth

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Rowan Moore is architecture critic at ‘The Observer’ and his latest book, ‘Slow Burn City’, charts London’s unprecedented growth through its built environment. He speaks to us about the likely effect of Brexit on London’s standing and how the British capital could become an exemplar for globalised cities the world over.

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Photo: The London Design Biennale 2016

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Christopher Turner on London Design Biennale

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September will see the inaugural London Design Biennale take place at Somerset House. The show’s director Christopher Turner tells us why London is an essential venue for the exhibition and how different nations have tackled the tricky notion of “utopia”.

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Mark Havens on the Doo Wop hotels of Wildwood

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Photographer Mark Havens has spent a decade documenting the threatened Doo Wop hotels of Wildwood in New Jersey and has now collated his body of work in a monograph called ‘Out of Season’.

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James Taylor-Foster on the architecture of Crossrail

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Crossrail is the first new line to be added to London’s underground rail network in more than 30 years and, as well as engineers, the project has required architects and designers to draw up blueprints for the city’s new subterranean stations. James Taylor-Foster, European editor at large for architecture website ArchDaily, tells us about this work.

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