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9 June 2016

Episode 243

30 minutes


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What lessons can we learn from past urbanists about how to build a better future for our cities? We discuss everything from how to make a good urban design outlast its designer to rebuilding from the ground up and Kenzo Tange. Plus: Vienna’s Nazi past.

9 June 2016

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Kees Christiaanse: heritage and urban design

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What’s old can indeed be new again – or, at least for urban designer Kees Christiaanse, the legacy of a place can inform the future. A good urban design not only takes legacy and heritage into account, it outlasts the life of its designer.

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Kenzo Tange: the metabolist school of architecture

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What’s the connection between Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, and Hiroshima in Japan? They’re not twin cities but they both suffered disasters – one natural, the other nuclear – and the same man was responsible for raising them from the rubble: Kenzo Tange.

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The Flaktürme: Vienna’s Nazi legacy

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Vienna’s city centre is encircled by six flak towers that were used to shoot down Soviet and Allied planes in the Second World War. Made of drab grey concrete, they are a depressing and looming presence in an otherwise cheerful city and a relentless legacy of the Austria’s Nazi past.

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The Urbanist Live: lessons

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An exclusive extract from last week’s ‘The Urbanist Live’. When it comes to urban regeneration there are many lessons to be learned in the way we plan the London of tomorrow and the legacy we leave for future generations.

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