LEGO - The Building Block of Architecture

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Tonight's Culture Show on BBC2 at 10pm is about the brick and its role in architecture.

The synopsis reads: "The Lego Movie (released 14 February) is the latest big-budget incarnation of one of the world's most popular toys. Yet Lego is more than a global brand. Tom Dyckhoff explores its fascinating relationship with architecture, and argues that it has changed the way we think about buildings.

"Lego's plastic yellow bricks were launched in the 50s, and resonated with new visions of rebuilding society - with ethical, imaginative children's play at its heart.

"Tom meets the artists and architects reared on Lego, who are using it to reimagine our cities today, from Bjarke Ingels, 39, the leading architect of his generation, to international artist Olafur Eliasson whose Collectivity project took three tonnes of Lego to the citizens of Tirana, Albania.

"But with Hollywood franchises and huge expansion, has Lego lost its original ethos of creativity and construction? Tom looks to Lego's successors and at how cult computer game Minecraft may be set to transform the cities of the future."

The world has seemingly gone LEGO-mad this week, it's popping up everywhere you look, isn't it...

11 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Cheers for the heads-up! Sounds interesting.

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By in Australia,

Dyckhoff. Snigger!

Sorry, I know this is supposed to be family friendly but I just couldn't help myself...

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By in United Kingdom,

thinking of lego on tv- did anyone see the lego special that was on after the winter olympics opening thingy! it lasted about 2 minutes and showed several amazing events in older winter games- including that bloke from australia that was in last place in an iceskating race, but then on the last turn everyone except him crashed and he sailed by indisbelief as he won gold for being last! probably the funniest thing i've seen for ages!

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By in United States,

"Lego's plastic yellow bricks were launched in the 50s, and resonated with new visions of rebuilding society - with ethical, imaginative children's play at its heart."

But the white and red bricks came first, the other colors came after! Also, I think it's odd that he thinks of Lego bricks as yellow; when I picture a Lego brick in my head it's either red or blue.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the article, I missed this in all the other LEGO related screen stuff at the moment! iPlayer here I come.

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By in United States,

If anyone wants to watch it but doesn't have access to iPlayer, use either MediaHint or Hola Unblocker. I use Hola on Chrome to watch iPlayer from the US, and have never had a problem. Also, the show will be on torrent trackers and DDL sites after it airs. I'd be happy to post a DDL link if that's okay with the admins here.

I'll wait until someone says it's okay before posting the link.

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By in United Kingdom,

For a program about Lego's links to architecture, it spent a while talking about Minecraft and Meccano. It also took a little swipe at modern themes, sets, licensing etc. for providing instructions rather than just being a bucket of bricks, like it was somehow strangling creativity to do so. That said, I did enjoy it and the half hour flew past. Worth a watch.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ completely agree, I got confused whether it was about lego or construction kits/software in general when it started talking about meccano and minecraft and had to check the title again haha. but yes, definitely worth a watch, especially as I definitely want to become an architect one day...

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ yes, well worth a watch, but did bring out all the old cliches - "it's not like the Lego I remember as a kid" "too many themed sets" "its too easy" "pink lego" etc.

Fact is, most of us in our early 40s (i.e. born in the early 70s) should remember the minifig and a lot of the "custom" parts that people claim.

Rant over!

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By in Cyprus,

With regard to the yellow bricks - he may be referring the original 375 Castle set from 1978 (?)

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