The Urbanist

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5 December 2019

Episode 425

30 minutes


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Laughter is often the best way to deal with complex issues so it’s no wonder that it can make city living more agreeable. This week we explore how humour can be found in the built environment.

5 December 2019

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Chapter 1

10 minutes


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Chapter 1

Utopia

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Australian TV show ‘Utopia’ follows a fictional government organisation – the Nation Building Authority – that’s tasked with bringing major infrastructure projects to life.

10 minutes

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Chapter 2

5 minutes


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Chapter 2

Laughing at Architecture

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A new book, ‘Laughing at Architecture’, charts the relationship between buildings and public opinion, as expressed through comedy, from the 18th century to the present day.

5 minutes

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Chapter 3

11 minutes

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Chapter 3

Urbanism in popular culture

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Monocle’s Nic Monisse has his own stand-up comedy show, ‘Urban Jungle’, in which he uses humour to discuss how we’re shaped by architecture, landscape and urban design. He joins Andrew Tuck to talk about his show and other pop-cultural references.

11 minutes

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