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Architecture and Living - Class Endures

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 May 2009

Can the tubular steel and smoked glass dreams of leading architects ever take account of the mess of life? Jeremy Till claims that architecture exists in a bubble and ignores the way people really live. He joins Laurie Taylor to discuss how architecture engages - or fails to engage - with the society for which it builds. They are joined by Ricky Burdett, Chief Architectural Advisor for the Olympic Development Authority, to critique a profession whose output we all have to live with.

Plus, Will Atkinson from Bristol University introduces his groundbreaking study into the life decisions made by the children of working class parents. He finds that despite claims that we live in a new society, class is remarkably durable.

  • Professor Jeremy Till

    Professor Jeremy Till
    Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster and a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

    Architecture Depends
    Publisher: MIT Press
    ISBN-10: 0262012537
    ISBN-13: 978-0262012539

    Find out more about Jeremy Till
  • Professor Richard Burdett

    Professor Richard Burdett
    Director of the Urban Age Programme and Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics and Political Science

    The Endless City
    by Ricky Burdett (Author), Deyan Sudjic (Author)
    Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
    ISBN-10: 0714848204
    ISBN-13: 978-0714848204

    Find out more about Richard Burdett
  • Dr Will Atkinson

    Dr Will Atkinson
    from the Sociology department at Bristol University

    In Search of the Individualized Worker
    Presented at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Cardiff (2009)

    Read the abstract 'In Search of the Individualized Worker'


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