Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner presents a series telling the stories behind some of the grandest designs never built. She explores how architects and designers have been inspired by the possibilities presented by new technology to produce groundbreaking and controversial urban plans. In 1855, Sir Joseph Paxton proposed a plan to build a ten-mile glass girdle circling the centre of London. He believed he could create a bright and pollution-free environment for Londoners as well as solve the capital's congestion problems. Parliament passed a bill sanctioning construction, but 1858's cholera epidemic saw the money spent on the building of London's sewerage system. A century later, architect Geoffrey Jellicoe proposed a solution to London's congestion problems inspired by Paxton's use of glass, in his scheme for the green belt. Jellicoe took Paxton's idea of transforming the transport infrastructure even further, proposing a 'glass city' in which all cars would drive along rooftops. episode 1.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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