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Biophilic design, London’s Olympia and transit innovation

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20 June 2024

Episode 662

29 minutes


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This week we visit one of the jewels in west London’s cultural crown: Olympia. Then: we head to Dublin for a look at the latest in transport technology and we browse two projects in the US that are bringing biophilic design to residents and businesses alike.

20 June 2024

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Chapter 1

Olympia: A new destination for Londoners

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Olympia, in London’s West Kensington, is one of the city’s most storied event and exhibition sites. The centre is currently undergoing a mammoth makeover to introduce a music hall, two hotels and numerous bars and restaurants. We went along for a tour.

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Transport innovation

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The 10th edition of the Transport Research Arena conference brought more than 4,000 delegates and 129 exhibitors from 50 countries to Dublin to share the latest research and innovation on all things transit.

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Biophilic design

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How do urban environments ensure that there’s a continued connection with the natural world? That’s one question that Rick Cook, founding partner at Cookfox Architects looks to answer through the projects such as ‘Water Street’ in Tampa, Florida.

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