Latest podcasts on Architecture

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2 Jan 2018
30 min

Section D - Argentina’s awkward architecture: 

Architecture in the Argentine capital is famously chaotic but a fresh crop of designers are giving the city’s skyline renewed elegance. We embark on a guided tour. Plus: Taschen’s ‘The History of Graphic Design’ and the governor of Chiang Mai on the role of design in the city.

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14 Nov 2017
30 min

Section D - Self-built homes: 

We visit two unlikely lanes in South London to mull over the legacy (and lessons) of self-built architecture in a city struggling to build enough new homes. Plus, a word with Dennis Tay, the Singaporean success story behind the design-minded retailer Naiise.  

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31 Oct 2017

Section D - Questioning modern architecture: 

What most books label the 'history of architecture' is often a celebration of a narrow and subjective canon of works. But should we think differently about how we designate the desirable from the architecturally anonymous? Plus: reports on the winners of the Africa Architecture awards and Ralph Erskine award.

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10 Oct 2017
30 min

Section D - Past, present and Neutra: 

Architect Tim Campbell reveals what his restoration of Richard Neutra’s Singleton House can teach us about designs – and when renovation means leaving well alone. Plus we’re in Ljubljana to hear from the Future Architecture Festival and how the city’s Design Biennial is rethinking troubled Tito-era architecture.

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17 Aug 2017
30 min

The Urbanist - Land reclamation and prizes: 

What are the logistical aspects of creating land? We discover the Netherlands’ approach to land reclamation and examine the rise and fall of London’s Garden Bridge. Plus: in Austria even terrible, awful, unplanned architecture gets rewarded.

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12 Aug 2017
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Autocracies and architecture: 

Christopher Lord discusses the relationship between governance and architecture. For example, what does the layout of your parliament building say about your government? And why has work by so-called 'starchitects' started popping up in surprising corners of the world? With Razan Alzayani, Yasser Elsheshtawy, David Mulder van der Vegt, Peter Murray and Charlotte Skene Catling.

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10 Aug 2017
26 min

The Urbanist - River crossing: 

Bridges are meant to make our cities better connected but sometimes they highlight existing divides. We explore two very different examples in Lisbon and Budapest. Plus: a special report exploring the outskirts of London.

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8 Aug 2017
30 min

Section D - Rethinking modernism: 

Modern marvel or bleak box? Modernism is one of the most divisive architectural movements of the 20th century. We talk to Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, founding directors of The Modern House and authors of a new book that argues why it’s time for us to reassess our definition of modernity. Plus: the new mapping tool offering architectural tours of London and our selection of three standout autumn fashion campaigns.

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8 Jan 2018
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 88: Dubai World Trade Centre: 

When one thinks of Dubai, one thinks of its grand gestures. Today we hear the story of one of its first skyscrapers, the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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2 Nov 2017
6 min

Section D - On Design 65: Milan’s tall storeys: 

Recent years have seen Milan’s urban developers embrace the skyscraper. But is it genuine modernisation or simply a case of pandering to big-name architects?

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30 Oct 2017
10 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 80: Terrassenhaus: 

First theorised by the Austrian architect and designer Adolf Loos in the 1920s, the Terrassenhaus was not realised until the mid-1970s in several big housing development projects on the periphery of Vienna. This week, Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov tours one of the more well-known examples.

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11 Sep 2017
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 73: Toll houses: 

Above the hustle and bustle of London’s city life you’ll find a little toll house, which back in the 1700s marked the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate. We profile these little bastions of resistance.

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4 Sep 2017
9 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 72: Luma Arles: 

We visit the Luma Arles creative-arts hub. Made up of former railway warehouses, the site will soon welcome a new architectural feature – a 56-metre tall tower designed by architect Frank Gehry. We check out the view.

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31 Aug 2017
5 min

Section D - On Design 56: Reviving an icon: 

Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Nacional, designed by world renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, reopened its doors earlier this year after being shut for more than 20 years. Monocle’s Sheena Rossiter tells us more about this masterpiece of hospitality architecture.

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14 Aug 2017
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 69: Bijlmerbajes: 

The Bijlmerbajes in south Amsterdam was designed as a humane prison when it opened in 1978 but in recent years it has taken on a new life: it is now a creative hub for locals and refugees alike.

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3 Aug 2017
5 min

Section D - On Design 52: Who was Austen St Barbe Harrison?: 

After the British captured Jerusalem in 1917, they decided to preserve everything behind the 16th-century walls of the Old City. But outside, modernity was calling and Austen St Barbe Harrison, the city’s chief architect, would change the city forever.

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3 Aug 2017
11 min

The Monocle Weekly - The Classics 32: Dan Cruickshank: 

We listen back to a discussion with British art historian and architecture expert Dan Cruickshank, who joined us in 2015 to tell us about the 100 most important buildings ever made. Original air date: 8 November 2015.

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24 Jul 2017
6 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 66: Santa Maria dello Spasimo: 

Construction of this church began in 1509 – and is yet to be completed. The structure is still missing a roof but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: come night-time it is an architectural feature that makes it all the more fascinating.

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