Section D

The politics of architecture

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2 May 2017

Episode 290

30 minutes


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On today’s show we visit two exhibitions looking at the meeting point of architecture, design and politics in two very different contexts. Plus, Archdaily editor James Taylor-Foster rounds up the latest developments in architecture and design.

2 May 2017

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


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Chapter 1

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

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An exhibition at London’s Design Museum looks at the work of a generation of Soviet architects and designers working in the 1920s and early 1930s. The catch: none of the projects were ever built.

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Chapter 2

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Architecture of Independence – African Modernism

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In the late 1950s and stretching into the 1960s, more than 30 African countries became independent. Hungry for buildings to reflect their new identities as confident, free nations, they turned to modernism. An exhibition currently showing at New York’s Center for Architecture, ‘Architecture of Independence’, traces this movement through images and artefacts.

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James Taylor-Foster

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James Taylor-Foster, Archdaily’s European editor at large, joins us in the studio to discuss a voyeurism controversy at London’s Tate Modern, Apple’s new HQ and contextualising the internet.

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