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Thinking Allowed - The meaning of home

Updated Wednesday, 21st March 2012

As Thinking Allowed airs from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), our academic explores how the meaning of home has changed   

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For exclusive academic insights into this week's programme, see the 'Bringing it all back home' article below. 

Inspired by RIBA's new exhibition on the history of the British home - A Place to Call Home: Where We Live and Why - this week's Thinking Allowed debates the subject of home with a panel of expert guests from RIBA itself: RIBA President, Angela Brady; Dr Esther Dermot from University of Bristol; Professor Susan J Smith from Girton College, Cambridge and Jonathan Glancey, architecture critic and writer.

In this exclusive article for OpenLearn below, The Open University's David Sutton looks at how homes are made and re-made not just in a functional fashion but also because they're the subjects of significant aesthetic and emotional scrutiny too. What do you think? Add your views to the mix using the Comment button. 

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 at 4.00pm, Wednesday 21st March. For further broadcast details, and to listen again, visit




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