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2 July 2015

Episode 194

27 minutes

Hear about the corners in our cities. Find out about what makes the perfect corner shop, the superb grid design of Eixample in Barcelona, London’s very own Speakers’ Corner and the most iconic corner building of all, The Flatiron Building in New York.

2 July 2015

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The Flatiron Building in New York

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The Flatiron Building is one of the most iconic corner buildings in the world. Though it met criticism at its unveiling in 1901, the building attracts hordes of tourists every day. We explore its history with Alice Alexiou, author of ‘The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It’.

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Speakers’ Corner

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Regarded as the home of free speech, Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner is a traditional place for assembly. We delve into its past with Peter Bradley, director of the Speakers’ Corner Trust and Philip Wolmuth, a photographer whose recent book is ‘Speakers’ Corner: Debate, Democracy and Disturbing the Peace’.

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The perfect corner shop

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Cities such as Portland and Montreal have been pushing for a revival of the corner shop, sparking debate on how the ideal one should look. Andrew Tuck is joined by Josh Fehnert to discuss what makes these retail outlets so special.

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Cerdà’s utopian district

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With its distinct cut-off corners, Eixample is the pioneering work of Catalan urban planner Ildefons Cerdà. More than 150 years have passed since the building of Eixample; join us as we explore the planning behind its chamfered corners.

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