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Transforming Heal’s, Dutch high-rise housing and innovation hubs

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11 April 2024

Episode 652

31 minutes


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We explore the newly transformed spaces in the historic Heal’s department store in London, investigate the new building frontiers required to tackle the Netherlands’ housing needs and find out what makes an effective innovation hub.

11 April 2024

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


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Chapter 1

Transforming Heal’s department store

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Jacob Loftus from General Projects talks us through his firm’s recent renovation of the disused parts of London’s historic Heal’s.

11 minutes

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Chapter 2

9 minutes


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Chapter 2

High-rise in the lowlands

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Stefan de Vries reports on the Netherlands’ housing struggles and how the country is making use of their last building frontiers: the sky and water.

9 minutes

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High-rise in the lowlands

Chapter 3

10 minutes


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Chapter 3

Designing innovation hubs

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Anouk Braune from Natural Networks explores some of the ways in which innovation spaces could be more effective through design, programming and more.

10 minutes

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Designing innovation hubs

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