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Open City is dedicated to making the urban landscape more open, accessible and equitable. This feed includes our weekly show, The Londown which features news and analysing coving the big issues in London's built environment, and longer form shows breaking down big issues connecting architecture and politics with in-depth interviews.
The show is hosted by a roster of rising stars in architectural criticism, planning and public engagement, and will feature interviews and discussions with leading experts from across architecture and design, as well as artists, academics, policy makers and journalists.

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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

Open City is dedicated to making the urban landscape more open, accessible and equitable. This feed includes our weekly show, The Londown which features news and analysing coving the big issues in London's built environment, and longer form shows breaking down big issues connecting architecture and politics with in-depth interviews.
The show is hosted by a roster of rising stars in architectural criticism, planning and public engagement, and will feature interviews and discussions with leading experts from across architecture and design, as well as artists, academics, policy makers and journalists.

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    The Stirling Prize and estate demolitions with Siraaj Mitha

    The Stirling Prize and estate demolitions with Siraaj Mitha

    Join critic Phin Harper and head of Accelerate Siraaj Mitha to chew through the week's big stories in London's architecture, housing and planning worlds. On the Londown this week, a Cambridge eco-mosque tipped to win the Stirling Prize, the ARB shake-up architectural education, City of London vetoes new skyscraper next to listed synagogue, an alleged ‘unfair’ estate demolition ballot in Tottenham, iconic post-war housing set to be flattened in massive Lambeth redevelopment, and the life and legacy of the late great Owen Luder.
    Support the Londown and Open City in making London's built environment more open and equitable by donating the equivalent of one flat white a month to the charity so it can keep making the Londown, staging the free Open House Festival and delivering important educational work supporting children and young people from under-represented backgrounds. Go to open-city.org.uk/flatwhite.

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    • 33 min
    Michael Gove, the cladding scandal, and Cosmic House with Edwin Heathcote

    Michael Gove, the cladding scandal, and Cosmic House with Edwin Heathcote

    This week on the Londown Zoe and FT architecture critic Edwin Heathcote analyse Gove's first public outing as housing secretary, and his comments on 'ugly' concrete and steel buildings. They also discuss why George Clarke is blasting the government over the cladding scandal, the newly opened Cosmic House, the plans for V&A Youth, and the new competition to redesign RIBA HQ... tune in!
    The Londown is produced in association with the Architects’ Journal. If you enjoyed the show, we recommend you subscribe to the AJ for all the latest news, building studies, expert opinion, cultural analysis, and business intelligence from the UK architecture industry. Listeners can save 15% on a subscription using this link.


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    • 35 min
    Nine Elms regeneration & retrofit with Cllr Aydin Dikerdem

    Nine Elms regeneration & retrofit with Cllr Aydin Dikerdem

    This week Merlin spoke with Aydin Dikerdem - the councillor for Queenstown Ward in the Battersea and Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, south west London. They discussed the criticism of the Northern Line extension, the very real flooding threat London faces, the pros and cons of retrofit, and the architecture lecturers who are standing up against unfair and discriminatory contracts.
    The Londown is produced in association with the Architects’ Journal. If you enjoyed the show, we recommend you subscribe to the AJ for all the latest news, building studies, expert opinion, cultural analysis, and business intelligence from the UK architecture industry. Listeners can save 15% on a subscription using this link.

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    • 39 min
    Londown Live with Cath Slessor and Thomas Aquilina

    Londown Live with Cath Slessor and Thomas Aquilina

    This week we bring you the first ever Live Londown - direct from the Museum of the Home as part of their Festival of the Home. Merlin is joined by Catherine Slessor; President of the Twentieth Century Society, and architect Thomas Aquilina. Tune into their conversations on legendary bane of architects Michael Gove named housing secretary, the London co-living pioneer teetering on the verge of administration, Kevin McCloud's radical housing reform views, the pedestrianisation of Strand Aldwych, and the explosive planning meeting in Camden that saw furniture fly...
    The Londown is produced in association with the Architects’ Journal. If you enjoyed the show, we recommend you subscribe to the AJ for all the latest news, building studies, expert opinion, cultural analysis, and business intelligence from the UK architecture industry. Listeners can save 15% on a subscription using this link.

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    • 33 min
    The Stirling Prize shortlist with Ellis Woodman

    The Stirling Prize shortlist with Ellis Woodman

    Two London landmarks vye for architecture’s highest accolade, the Stirling Prize // Government looks set to water down its contentious planning reforms // New Northern Line stations open at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms // A leading London architecture studio becomes employee owned // And a major international competition to renew the Barbican Centre...
    Ellis Woodman - director of the Architecture Foundation, joins Merlin on the Londown this week.
    The Londown is produced in association with the Architects’ Journal. If you enjoyed the show, we recommend you subscribe to the AJ for all the latest news, building studies, expert opinion, cultural analysis, and business intelligence from the UK architecture industry. Listeners can save 15% on a subscription using this link.


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    • 36 min
    Peter Barber and ABBA with Shawn Adams

    Peter Barber and ABBA with Shawn Adams

    Rushed Grenfell demolition-plans spark fury over lack of consultation // Architect of London’s new-wave of social housing - Peter Barber - feted for lifetime achievement // Heated debates ignited over fresh wave of iconic London demolitions and retrofits // And why ABBA’s virtual comeback could be big news for architecture.
    This week Zoe speaks to writer, architectural designer, and cofounder of POoR Collective - Shawn Adams.
    The Londown is produced in association with the Architects’ Journal. If you enjoyed the show, we recommend you subscribe to the AJ for all the latest news, building studies, expert opinion, cultural analysis, and business intelligence from the UK architecture industry. Listeners can save 15% on a subscription using this link.


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Daria00007 ,

One of the best London podcasts

I love how it is talking about the history of different places across London, how the politics tie into what’s going on and covering recent news. But what I appreciate the most is that it’s covering all Boroughs of London but just ‘oh here’s what’s happening in London Bridge’

giovy72 ,

Informed and entertaining

I enjoy this podcast a lot because it gets the balance of seriousness and approachability just right and critiques the city while also celebrating it. The issues covered are to do with architecture in the broadest sense and take in competitions, planning, the politics of space and city making as well as urgent topics like climate change and the right to protest. The guests are informed and engaging and Merlin Fulcher is a very personable host. A personal highlight was the episode with Catherine Slessor as she had strong opinions combined with huge amounts of knowledge of the field, city and sector.

purplehungrycaterpillar ,

Incredible!

I love the fact that I can learn so much while really enjoying the conversations! The discussions and interviews are nuanced and sophisticated while being accessible and easy to follow. I love the range of topics discussed and the diversity of guests brought in. I listen to this every day...often listening to podcasts several times over!

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