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Lego - The Building Blocks of Architecture

Tom Dyckhoff explores the contribution of Lego to architecture, and its continuing influence, arguing that it's changed the way we think about buildings.

Tom Dyckhoff explores the contribution of Lego to architecture, and its continuing influence, arguing that it's changed the way we think about buildings.

Lego's plastic yellow bricks were launched in the 50s, and resonated with new visions of rebuilding society - with ethical, imaginative children's play at its heart. Tom meets the artists and architects reared on Lego who are using it to reimagine our cities today, from Bjarke Ingels, the leading architect of his generation, to international artist Olafur Elliasson, whose Collectivity project took three tonnes of Lego to the citizens of Tirana, Albania.

But with Hollywood franchises and huge expansion, has Lego lost its original ethos of creativity and construction? Tom looks at Lego's successors and how cult computer game Minecraft may be set to transform the cities of the future.

29 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Nils Frahm

    Ambre

  • 00:06

    Malvina Reynolds

    Little Boxes

  • 00:16

    Aphex Twin

    Goon Gumpas

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Dyckhoff
Participant Alain de Botton
Participant Peter Molyneux
Participant Bjarke Ingels
Participant Mark Dudek
Director Jude Ho
Series Editor Janet Lee

Broadcasts

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