Architects on the Front Line - 3x22’ - English

January 2011

It is a formidable challenge: building places in a rapidly urbanising planet that are fit for humans to inhabit. Some take the view that our architects and town planners are failing us. But a new kind of architect is rising to the challenge by thinking outside the square. They are designing buildings that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, but also help to make our increasingly crowded planet a better place to be.

Episode 1
Programme One goes behind the scenes of the world’s richest prize in Architecture and hears from master jury and steering committee members including UK artist Anish Kapoor and world-renowned architect Norman Foster.  It features eight of the finalists of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture including the Greenschool in Bali an entire school complex made from bamboo on a grand scale, a striking and colourful Women’s Health Centre in a run down part of Burkina Faso’s capital city, to a reconstructed and revitalised Souk in Doha which has become a major attraction in Qatar for locals and global tourists alike.

Episode 2
Programme Two meets more of the architects and explores some more of the architectural projects at the frontline of architecture - the final eleven finalists of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The projects include a minimalist modern mosque in rural Bangladesh, a wooden writer’s retreat nestled in a coconut grove on the coast of India, the remarkable reconstruction of an Ottoman fortress town in Albania and in China a modern collective housing complex based on an ancient theme.

Episode 3
Programme Three concludes the series by featuring the five chosen winning projects from the glittering ceremony in Doha, Qatar: the Bridge School, Xiashi Province, China - a school built as a bridge between two ancient Chinese castles, the Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; a multimillion dollar project breathing new life into Saudi Arabia’s capital’s previously polluted and clogged waterways, the Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain - a museum built underground in order to minimise the impact on the surrounding landscape, the Ipekyol Textile factory, Edirne, Turkey - seeking to enhance the lives of the factory workers through it’s aesthetically pleasing and functional design and the ambitious Revitalisation of the Recent Heritage of the city of Tunis, Tunisia.

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    Bali,Turkey,Burkina Faso,Sri Lanka,Indonesia,Lebanon,Qatar,China,Bangladesh,Morocco,Albania,Spain,Malaysia,Tunisia,India...
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