The Urbanist

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22 March 2018

Episode 336

30 minutes


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Around the world you’ll find examples of cities that were built to order. Because whether it’s a megalomaniac’s metropolis in the middle of the desert or a new administrative capital for a reviving nation, there’s something appealing about starting from scratch.

22 March 2018

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Chapter 1

How to start from scratch

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We ask a man who had been tasked with building parts of London to tell us how he would build his ideal city if given the chance. Here’s the former chief planning officer of the City of London, Peter Rees.

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Skopje and modernism

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After 90 per cent of the city was flattened by an earthquake in the 1960s, authorities brought in the Japanese architect and urbanist, Kenzo Tange, to reimagine Skopje. The result was one of the world’s greatest examples of a modernist city.

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Canberra: not that boring

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For many years Canberra had the reputation of being bland and artificial. But that is starting to change.

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Urbanism briefings: Tirana’s schools

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In Albania’s capital, 17 schools are being turned into community centres that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – as a place for entrepreneurs to meet, students to revise and events to take place.

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