The Urbanist

Beyazit, biennales and bikes

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15 September 2016

Episode 257

30 minutes


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We catch up with the Lebanese pavilion at the London Design Biennale, check out the newly renovated Beyazit State Library in Istanbul and explore Moscow’s disappearing kiosks. Plus: the latest trends in urban cycling from Eurobike 2016.

15 September 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Istanbul: Beyazit State Library

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Founded in the 1880s, the Beyazit State Library was the cornerstone of an area that has defined Istanbul’s literary life for decades. We discover how a recent renovation of the library has sought to deliver the area of Beyazit back to its high-minded heyday.

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‘Mezzing in Lebanon’

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As part of the London Design Biennale more than 30 countries have brought design installations and exhibitions to the UK capital. We visit the Lebanese Pavilion, which has recreated the bustling streets of Beirut at Somerset House.

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Chapter 3

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Moscow’s disappearing architecture

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Moscow is hard to imagine without its ubiquitous kiosks, which sell everything from junk food to real estate, but now it seems their number may be up as city hall clamps down on what it says are illegally built structures.

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Eurobike 2016

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Friedrichshafen, a small town on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany, becomes the centre of the universe for a few days each summer for the world of cycling when it hosts Eurobike, Europe’s biggest bicycle trade show.

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