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Paul Rudolph's unbuilt proposals for the Lower Manhattan Expressway, everything that Jane Jacobs despised about urban planning. We talked about this scheme and the career of Robert Moses in our latest Patreon episode. Listen now:

🚨NEW PATREON BONUS🚨 Our final episode on Jane Jacobs, in which we discussed her arch-nemesis Robert Moses, his plans for the Lower Manhattan Expressway and his fall from the towering heights of New York local government. Listen to this clip 🦻

"There’s a war of attrition against cars and we have to make the city progressively more hostile to them if we want to have fewer of them around. If you build more road people fill it with cars.” 🦻 Listen to this clip from our latest episode on Jane Jacobs 🦻

🦻 "She’s really pushing back hard against functional zoning as a principle." 🦻 Listen to this clip from our second episode of Jane Jacobs' 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities', where we discussed gentrification and urban planning in this canonical book!

A clip from our latest episode on Jane Jacobs, where we discuss the growth of the American suburb and the gentrification that she advocated in cities 🦻 "She cannot imagine why anyone would want to move out to the suburbs. She thinks that they are all making a mistake."

🚨NEW PATREON BONUS🚨 Jane Jacobs' 'Vital Little Plans' is an attack on large scale planning and state action. Listen 🦻 to a clip discussing the problems with this approach, Little Plans can't solve the existential threat of climate crisis. Subscribe:

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Catch our latest episode on ! 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' was a polemic against the urban planning of the 1950s, which charts the failures of urbanists like Robert Moses back to Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities. Listen to this clip now 🦻🦻🦻

Listen to this clip 🦻🦻 from our new episode on Jane Jacobs! Her idealised vision of vibrant bustling communities like Greenwich Village called back to the dense urban centres of the early 20th century, as the suburbs and car use boomed in postwar America.

In our latest episode on we discussed her concept of 'Eyes on the Street', and the way that social norms in high density areas create secure communities, based on her time living in Greenwich Village, Manhattan in the 1950s. Listen to this clip from the episode now 🦻

🚨New Episode!🚨 The first of a two-parter on Jane Jacobs, discussing 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities', an idealised vision of tight-knit, dense communities, inspired by her time living in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Archive photos below ↓

We've just hit 1 million listens! Thank you so much to everyone for following the show and supporting us on Patreon, we couldn't have done it without you!

Subscribe to our Patreon to catch our final episode on the Monastery and Romanticism. 🦻 to our discussion of Frederick Calvert's 1815 paintings of Tintern Abbey, and the curious Classical Mise-en-scène of Ionic capitals which make up the foreground.

In our latest episode on the Monastery in the Romantic imagination, we discussed Thomas William Beckford's Fonthill Abbey, a vast gothic country house of the turn of the 19th century which was constantly collapsing under its own weight. Subscribe for more:

We discuss Caspar David Friedrich's deeply emotional paintings of solitary monastic life and ruins in our latest Patreon bonus episode — listen 🦻 to a clip on Friedrich's artistic legacy, then subscribe to the Patreon for the full episode:

New Patreon Episode! Our final episode on Monasteries, where we step into the Romantic Imagination when the Monastery became a cultural icon at the turn of the 19th century — your only chance to hear read Wordsworth! 🦻

In our final episode on Monasteries, we discussed Le Corbusier's La Tourette, an incredible example of his late career use of sculptural and inventive béton brut. Listen to a clip from the latest episode now! 🦻🚨

From Narkomfin to Magnitogorsk, the monastery served as a distant inspiration for new forms of communal living in the early Soviet Union, where Constructivist architects saw architecture as a tool that could be used to smash bourgeois lifestyles. Catch our new episode, out now!

Our thanks to listener Craig Hunt, who drew our attention to this shout out to the Utopian Socialism of Charles Fourier in the 1990 movie Metropolitan — catch our final episode on Monasticism now!

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