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Land reclamation and prizes

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17 August 2017

Episode 305

30 minutes


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What are the logistical aspects of creating land? We discover the Netherlands’ approach to land reclamation and examine the rise and fall of London’s Garden Bridge. Plus: in Austria even terrible, awful, unplanned architecture gets rewarded.

17 August 2017

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Austria: Planlos award

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We name and shame buildings often but it’s rare that they get a prize for bad architecture. But in Vienna, an independent group of architects has been drawing attention to “planless” projects since 2011.

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The Netherlands: land reclamation

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The hardest part of land reclamation isn’t getting the land but holding it – and preventing the waters from clawing it back. The Netherlands has been doing this for almost 1,000 years and is now taking advantage of its expertise to not just shore up its own reclaimed land but also sell that knowledge to others.

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London: Garden Bridge

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The Garden Bridge was to do exactly what its name suggests. The planted bridge was to straddle the Thames but, £37m later, the project has been cancelled, as the city’s former chief planning officer, Peter Rees, explains.

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