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The Art of Architecture

  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Education
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Episode 1: The Art of Architecture

Summary

Programme exploring some of the world's most famous structures and the inspirations of the architects behind them, beginning with a look at Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York City.

Review

The first of a ten-part series starts in suitably startling fashion. Santiago Calatrava, 67, has transformed architecture, his spectacular, graceful creations like things from the natural world. No blocks or slabs here; just fins and frills radiating from gleaming epicentres, from Lisbon and Athens to Liège and more recently New York, where he’s helped revitalise the Ground Zero space with his poignant “monument to life”, the soaring Oculus.

It’s a bright, illuminating documentary, and makes you want to experience the buildings for yourself, while the multi-talented Calatrava’s passion for his craft communicates well, in a rich Spanish sauce of a voice.

A profile of the influential Bauhaus school follows at 9pm.

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