Architecture - The Fourth R

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01The Past Sure Is Tense2010101820110711

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears.

In The Essay, Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture, from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this first programme, he examines our relationship with buildings of the past 200 years, in a search for our mistrust of the new.

And despite the failed Utopias of 60s tower blocks, Sunand Prasad sees a brave new architecture emerging in their wake.

Sunand Prasad searches for the root of our tense relationship with modern buildings today.

02The Value Proposition2010101920110712

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears.

Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture, from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this second programme, he argues that the buildings we work in are just as important as the activities that take place within them.

Sunand explains the value of good quality design, from speeding patient recovery, to helping children learn; and why investment in architecture is a commitment to our faith in the future, as well as a way of saving costs.

Sunand Prasad on the value of architecture and the importance of investment in buildings.

03Culture And Multiculture2010102020110713

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears.

Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture, from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this third programme, he assesses the impact of multiculturism on British buildings.

As waves of immigrants make their mark on society, Sunand asks, what would a future archaeologist see of their impact on our buildings? He looks at the evolution of architecture as cultures come together; how the spaces around us can promote how we want to live and work; and how, from warehouses to weavers' lofts, the way we use our buildings is constantly adapting, with every social change.

Architect Sunand Prasad assesses the impact of multiculturalism on British buildings.

In this third programme, he assesses the impact of multiculturalism on British buildings.

04Future Architecture2010102120110714

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears.

Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture,from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this fourth programme, Sunand takes us back to the place he grew up, Sevagram.

Recalling the way of life of this community, founded by Gandhi, Sunand finds out what today's architects can learn from traditional ways of living.

He also looks at the challenge architecture faces in creating zero-carbon buildings, and asks - in an age where air-conditioning and central heating are the norm, are we ready to make the changes to our buildings that will combat Climate Change, and so ensure the future of the World?

Architect Sunand Prasad on traditional ways of living, and zero carbon buildings.

05 LASTArchitecture And Its Public2010102220110715

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears. Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture, from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this fifth and final programme, he tells the story of the Battle of Covent Garden - how one man took on the planners to stop the wholesale demolition of a part of Britain's past. Sunand argues that all of us have the power to shape planning. We can all make our voices heard to ensure good decision-making and good design. Above all, he calls for a fundamental reconnection between us and our shelter - and for future generations to be educated in the value of Architecture, the Fourth R.

Sunand Prasad on how people power can prevent architectural destruction and disaster.

Making shelter is a fundamental human activity, so, asks Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sunand Prasad - why don't we talk about it? The way we build reflects society's values and aspirations - but also its fears.

Sunand Prasad takes us on a journey through Architecture, from the India he grew up in, to the Utopian vision of Le Corbusier, from the concrete carbuncles of Post-War Britain, to the design that will combat Climate Change.

In this fifth and final programme, he tells the story of the Battle of Covent Garden - how one man took on the planners to stop the wholesale demolition of a part of Britain's past.

Sunand argues that all of us have the power to shape planning.

We can all make our voices heard to ensure good decision-making and good design.

Above all, he calls for a fundamental reconnection between us and our shelter - and for future generations to be educated in the value of Architecture, the Fourth R.