The DreamsWe Live Inside
For all their anchored bricks and mortar, every building starts life as a weightless idea. Roma Agrawal is one of the structural engineers who built the Shard. In this returning series for BBC Radio 4, she moves from the failed utopianism of Sheffield’s Park Hill and its elevated ‘Streets in the Sky’, to London’s menagerie of glass monoliths she herself has helped erect. Throughout, Roma weaves a history of how new materials and changing styles have shaped the people who actually live inside the dreams we call ‘blueprints’.