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Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

Updated Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture

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Join us for a collection of the best bits of the BBC Four / Open University series The Brits Who Built The Modern World. We'll take you on a trip from Greenwich at the turn of the century, where the building which would become the O2 had a difficult birth; past the spy HQ on the bank of the Thames and 165 Park Road - the "Sardine Can" - through to Hampstead, and the elegant, singular home of Sir Michael Hopkins and Patricia Hopkins. We'll call by to visit Hong Kong, where tight space and rising demand called for a reinvention of the skyscraper. And we end up in 1960s America, where the cityscape resonates to this day.

The Millennium Dome

Hong Kong Skyscrapers

MI6 Headquarters

The Hopkins' home in Hampstead

The Sardine Can

The inspiration of 1960s America

 

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