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25 August 2016

Episode 254

30 minutes

This week we explore housing projects and how to make them work, from Sydney’s most notorious and somewhat unusual Sirius Building to Singapore’s social housing and the UK’s infamous council estates.

25 August 2016

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


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Chapter 1

Sydney: the Sirius Building

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This brutalist apartment complex sits near the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was designed in the late 1970s to accommodate working-class families who were displaced by gentrification in Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood but over the past year its future has become uncertain.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Singapore: public housing

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This is one of the bedrocks upon which the nation’s success has been built. Back in 1965 when it became independent the government decided that if Singapore was to become a modern nation it had to change.

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Chapter 3

9 minutes


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UK: the council estate

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Defined by a series of Housing Acts, the UK’s council estates were initially built to serve as a home to the working classes and as part of a clearing programme of the country’s slums. Later, in the wake of the First World War, they were the proud home of returned heroes.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Helsinki: Hitas

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Helsinki has been making an effort to try and offer affordable apartments for its residents – despite the drastically soaring accommodation prices.

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