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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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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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    Stewardship awards special with Peabody's John Lewis

    Stewardship awards special with Peabody's John Lewis

    For this weeks Open City Stewardship Awards special Merlin is joined by the Executive Director for Thamesmead at Peabody - John Lewis.
    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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    • 28 min
    Five years on from Grenfell with Pooja Agrawal

    Five years on from Grenfell with Pooja Agrawal

    Five years on Grenfell survivors say they are still waiting for justice. A toxic culture spanning decades at London’s most famous architecture school. Campaigners warn Right to Buy’s revamp could worsen the housing crisis. And a new inquiry into American sweet shops flooding Oxford Street.
    This week Rachel is joined by Pooja Agrawal. Pooja is the co-founder and CEO of Public Practice and is also the co-founder of Sound Advice
    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
    Help to Buy scrapped early, with Will Jennings

    Help to Buy scrapped early, with Will Jennings

    Help to Buy scrapped amid a looming housing market slowdown, Marketisation of landmark buildings takes a twist with some questionable projections, Camden Highline’s submitted for planning as calls for a pedestrian first city grow, And the Platinum Jubilee in architecture – does the reality of Thomas Heatherwick’s ‘Tree of Trees’ live up to the renders?
    This week Merlin catches up with Will Jennings; editor of Recessed Space, director of Hypha Studios charity, and architecture lecturer at UCL Bartlett and Greenwich.
    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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    • 40 min
    The opening of Crossrail with Deborah Saunt

    The opening of Crossrail with Deborah Saunt

    Crossrail finally opens with 10 new central London stations, public ownership takes centre stage in Old Oak Common’s redevelopment vision, City Hall sets out plans for a new user-friendly website to review major planning applications, and could a new Renters Reform Bill help out London’s most precarious private tenants?
    This week Merlin catches up with DSDHA co-founder Deborah Saunt.
    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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    • 38 min
    Protestors clash with police in Dalston - with Will Ing

    Protestors clash with police in Dalston - with Will Ing

    Protestors clash with police over immigration arrests in Dalston, Bitter row erupts over last-minute changes to RIBA election rules, Design competition for a memorial at Grenfell tower announced, And could a National Housing Pan be the REAL solution to the housing crisis?
    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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    • 31 min
    The local election results are in with Liane Hartley

    The local election results are in with Liane Hartley

    Key London councils swing left ending decades of Conservative dominance, Sadiq Khan calls for rent freezes as Bank of England hints at looming recession, New levelling up and planning reforms outlined in the state opening of parliament, And a little known Islington Council architect wins the prestigious MJ Long prize


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    • 42 min

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