Nation Builders is a forthcoming BBC Four season looking at the world’s best architecture.
The season will explore Britain’s global leadership in the evolution of ‘high tech’ architecture; another on the history and influence of brutalist design; and a pithy single film on the influence of Ian Nairn.
Architecture remains one of Britain’s most influential exports, and yet it’s left us with a landscape that some think has been ravaged with carbuncles and concrete.
This season will be a fascinating opportunity for BBC Four to explore the work of some of our most renowned architects in a unique season of programmes which explores the history and inspiration behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings, but also celebrates some of architecture’s less graceful creations. – Cassian Harrison, Editor for BBC Four
Programmes include The Brits Who Built The Modern World which will tell the definitive story of five of the most successful and globally recognised British architects of all time: Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins and Terry Farrell. Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry a unique and distinctive essay on the story of brutalist architecture across Europe and The Outrage of Ian Nairn: The Man Who Fought The Planners is a look back at Ian Nairn, who in the 1950s burst onto the architectural scene attacking the soulless destruction of Britain by shoddy post-war planning.
While on BBC Online, Janet Street-Porter will curate post war architecture highlights from the BBC archive.