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16 February 2017

Episode 279

30 minutes


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City-building is tough – we try to imagine how tough it is in a secluded country such as North Korea. Meanwhile, Cairo plans to build a new administrative capital in the desert. Plus: what do fashion houses do for our cities?

16 February 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Building in the DPRK

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The Architecture Association has been conducting an annual architecture workshop in Pyongyang for the past few years. We speak to Calvin Chua, the course director, who works alongside local architects, academics and policy makers.

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Chapter 2

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Cairo’s new purpose-built capital

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The government’s ambitious plan to build a new administrative capital in the middle of the desert has hit a few walls, with foreign investors pulling out.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Fashion and history

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How fashion houses have become the new champions for preservation in cities.

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