Richard Rogers: turning architecture inside out

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Alan Yentob meets Richard Rogers, one of the leading figures in world architecture and the pioneer behind some of the world's most iconic buildings of the past 40 years.

As a major new exhibition to mark his life and work, Inside Out, opens at the Royal Academy in London, BBC One's arts strand imagine... shows a revised film first broadcast in 2008. Rogers tours some of those iconic buildings discussing his inspirations and challenges, and also goes back to his Italian roots, providing a revealing insight into the world of a design pioneer.

Rogers' career highlights include the 'High-Tech' Pompidou Centre in Paris, the similarly controversial but now Grade 1-listed Lloyd's building and Madrid's Barajas Airport, which earned Rogers-Stirk-Harbour and Partners the Stirling Prize in 2006. Next year will see the completion of The Leadenhall Building, a 225m-tall skeletal glass-and-steel wedge soaring up from the streets of the City of London.

imagine... Richard Rogers: Inside Out is on BBC One on Tuesday 16 July. Watch the full film on BBC iPlayer until 23 July.

Richard Rogers: Inside Out is at The Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens from 18 July - 13 October 2013.

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