The Urbanist

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15 April 2021

Episode 496

30 minutes


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This week we look at controversial built environments, often the legacy of dictatorships and fascism, and how cities around the world have dealt with their pasts.

15 April 2021

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Austria: Hitler’s balcony

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Austria has an uneasy relationship with its Nazi past. One important element of that process is dealing with buildings and sites associated with the terror of that era.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Richmond, Virginia: Monument Avenue

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We cast our eyes to the US and how the country has memorialised its history of slavery and oppression through monuments to Confederate figures.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Montevideo: Miguelete prison

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In Uruguay, an overcrowded prison in Montevideo that stood abandoned for years when it closed has become an unexpected and bustling modern arts hub.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Yugoslavia: Tito’s bunker

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During the cold war, countries scrambled to build command posts which could survive an atomic explosion. The bunker known as the Ark was built for the former leader of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito.

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