Great Fire 350 on BBC Radio 4

Saturday 3 September, 3.30pm

Ever wonder how Artichoke goes about producing enormous arts events?

BBC Radio 4 followed the company as they overcame the challenges of making the London's Burning festival happen.

Over a period of four months, Artichoke director Helen Marriage and her team granted Radio 4 access to all the nail-biting negotiations as they prepared to stage their most ambitious project yet.

A giant model of 17th-century London being set on fire in the Thames, a 6km domino run made up of 26,000 breezeblocks falling through the City of London, fire installations and projections onto landmark buildings. Follow the journey as the programme for the London's Burning festival took shape as the company headed towards the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Find out more: www.bbc.co.uk

Producer: Paul Smith

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Cities from the Ashes - Sunday 4 September, 5pm

Much of London was destroyed in the Great Fire and again in the Blitz. How did the city respond, and are there lessons for ever-growing cities today? London's response to the two crises of the Great Fire and the Blitz was very different. How should an ever-expanding London today deal with the challenges to cities?

Nicholas Kenyon, Director of the Barbican Centre, marked the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London with a look at how London recovered from two major disasters. He explored the issues with architects Lord Richard Rogers and Eric Parry; Professor of Urban Studies at the LSE, Ricky Burdett; Meriel Jeater, Curator of the Museum of London's Fire Fire! exhibition; Peter Larkham, Professor of Planning at Birmingham City University; Design Historian and Public Space Consultant Sarah Gaventa; architecture critic and author of Slow Burn City, Rowan Moore, and Creative Cities exponent, Charles Landry.

Producer: Marya Burgess.