Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture
What do the buildings we construct say about us as people? In this 8-part series, historian Dan Cruickshank sets off on a monumental journey across the world, celebrating different types of architecture and showing how our buildings reveal our aspirations, our ingenuity, and our beliefs.
Episodes
Ep 1
Beauty
Watch July 12, 9:00pm
Ep 2
Connection
Watch July 19, 9:00pm
Ep 3
Death
Watch July 26, 9:00pm
Ep 4
Disaster
Watch August 2, 9:00pm
Ep 5
Dreams
Watch August 9, 9:00pm
Ep 6
Pleasure
Watch August 16, 9:00pm
Ep 7
Paradise
Watch August 23, 9:00pm
Ep 8
Power
Watch August 30, 9:00pm
Beauty
Dan Cruickshank explores the concept of beauty in architecture, revealing how different cultures and eras created beautiful buildings - from the simplicity of an Inuit igloo to the Giant Buddha of Le Shan. (1 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 12, 9:00pm
Thu Jul 13, 1:00am
Connection
Dan sets out to reveal how architecture enables people to live together across the world. He finds vibrant communities in extraordinary buildings - but why do some places succeed and others fail? To find out, Dan visits Brasilia, an ideal city built by communists, the Rockefeller Centre in New York and Dharavi in Mumbai, the biggest slum in India. (2 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 19, 9:00pm
Thu Jul 20, 1:00am
Death
Dan visits a chapel decorated with human bones in the Czech Republic. In Guatemala, he encounters the Yaxha Mayan pyramids, then comes face-to-face with death itself in a sacred Hindu town in India where people go to die. (3 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jul 26, 9:00pm
Thu Jul 27, 1:00am
Disaster
Visiting Dresden, San Francisco and Palmyra in Syria, Dan explores buildings shaped and threatened by disaster. (4 of 8)
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Wed Aug 2, 9:00pm
Thu Aug 3, 1:00am
Dreams
Dan travels to Yemen to reveal an ancient city of skyscrapers made of mud. He then explores the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, where society dreamt of reforming criminals into decent men, only to find their techniques made them mad. (5 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 9, 9:00pm
Thu Aug 10, 1:00am
Pleasure
Dan explores Mumbai's luxurious Taj Hotel (site of the November terrorist attacks), a fantasy castle in Germany, and a Roman playground devoted to hedonism in Pompeii. (6 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 16, 9:00pm
Thu Aug 17, 1:00am
Paradise
Dan explores St. Catherine's Monastery built on the site of Moses' Burning Bush, a Taoist temple that seems to hang from a cliff-face, and the boisterous holy town of Sri Ranganthaswamy. (7 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 23, 9:00pm
Thu Aug 24, 1:00am
Power
Dan explores the world's palaces of power in Romania, the Middle East, the American South, Turkey and Kazakhstan. (8 of 8)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Aug 30, 9:00pm
Thu Aug 31, 1:00am