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To celebrate the launch of the London Festival of Architecture, hear songs about buildings chosen by Designer Wayne Hemingway, Architecture Critic Tom Dyckhoff, Architects Amenity Space and Simon Allford, and Acting Director of the Architecture Foundation, Elias Redstone.

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The Smoke Comes Out My Chimney Just the Same – Skeets McDonald
Do The Whirlwind – Architecture in Helsinki
This is the House that Jack Built – Willy Whyton
London Calling – The Clash
Luton Bungalow – John Hegley
First Row Balcony – The Gaylords
Love Breaks Down – Prefab Sprout
Home is where the Hatred Is – Gil Scott-Heron
I Wish to Build a Mosque – Markos Vamvakaris
In Your House – The Cure
Crying in the Chapel – Elvis
Living on the Ceiling – Blancmange
Maison Rose – Emmanuelle Parrenin
Underneath the Arches – Billy’s Banjo Band
My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains – Captain Beefheart
Lara’s Castle – Yann Tiersen
Come on Feel the Illinoise! – Sufjan Stevens
Build – The Housemartins
Christopher Robin at Buckingham Palace – Anne Stephens
We Built this City on Rock and Roll – Starship


Take yourself on an Architecture Week podwalk. Download them onto your mp3 player and enjoy your own, private guided tour. Alternatively, you can listen to the commentary and imagine walking through the landscape. Either way, this is a great way to find out more about some of the UK’s most beautiful places.

Michele Noach Southbank to Covent Garden

Artist Michèle Noach takes you from the monumental South Bank Centre to the minute Phoenix Gardens in the heart of Covent garden, via Waterloo Bridge and Seven Dials, and ponders the benefits of moss and waterproof trousers.
Starting point: National Film Theatre
Finishing Point: Phoenix Gardens
Terrain: Easy. Suitable for wheelchair users
Duration: 45 minutes
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Wayne Hemingway Thames Gateway Podwalk
photograph by Jason Orton
Join designer Wayne Hemingway as he guides you along a spectacular part of the Thames, past mounds of shingle, under the magnificent Dartford bridge, over rediscovered Victorian cobbles and into the heart of the first of the major new regeneration schemes planned for the Thames Gateway.
Starting point: Greenhithe Station
Finishing Point: Greenhithe or Dartford Station
Terrain: Easy. Not suitable for wheelchair users
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Produced by Ruby Wright