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C4 joins up with architects institute for Demolition show

LONDON - Channel 4 is teaming up with the Royal Institute of British Architects in 'Demolition', a four-part series where viewers will be asked to nominate the UK's worst building, which will then be replaced with something better.

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Each building will be judged by a panel of experts according to its quality of construction, scale and aesthetics. The opportunity to create a new building in its place and the reasons why bad buildings get built in the first place will be explored. Viewers will be asked to nominate contenders from all over the UK.

The final live night of the series will see demolition of one of the nation's nastiest eyesores.

The show has been commissioned from Oxford Film & Television and will be screened next year on Channel 4 to coincide with the RIBA prize for building of the year.

Nick Kent, executive producer, said: "Bad buildings can blight people's lives. Demolition is about judging buildings not just as bricks and mortar but also for their human dimension. How well do they serve the people who live and work in them, or just pass them by every day?

"It's about kick-starting a nationwide debate about the value of architecture and empowering people to feel they can improve the quality of the built environment."

Jan Younghusband, Channel 4 head of arts and commissioning editor, said: "'Demolition' is about planning for a better future. There is a valuable public service in opening up a debate about the impact of architecture on our everyday lives and well being."

Channel 4's commitment to design and architecture includes the award-winning series 'Grand Designs', coverage of the RIBA Stirling Prize and a forthcoming series about the transformation of the Yorkshire town of Castleford.

After the 'Demolition' series, a subsequent programme is planned that will follow the construction of a replacement building.

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