the Architect
Jonathan Glancey ponders what the landmark buildings of a country tell us about its political life.
Economics, Grand Designs and Vanity Construction
Political will as much as economic circumstance shapes the look of our capital cities, especially the skylines.
For ambitious politicians, high-rise buildings spell success and a will to triumph.
Yet skyscrapers are essentially old-fashioned, reminiscent of 1890s Chicago and 1920s Manhattan.

Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20080430 ()
  • First repeated 20080504 ()