Architecture is the stuff of dreams. Since building began, architects have tried to build the future, tried to build fantasy worlds, tried even to change humanity by dreams of new inventions in bricks and mortar.
Dan Cruickshank explores buildings as gigantic statements of power when he visits palaces in Romania, the Middle East, the American South, Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Dan sets out to reveal how architecture enables people to live together across the world. He finds vibrant communities in extraordinary buildings and towns across the globe - but why do some places succeed and others fail?
Some of the world's greatest architecture has been forged in the face of adversity, terror and war. Dan explores buildings shaped and threatened by disaster.
Dan looks at buildings that evoke the image of heaven across religions and cultures, travelling to Egypt's Sinai desert, China's Hanging Temple, and Turkey's Suleymaniye Mosque, a building that evokes the gates of paradise.
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture episode 2: Dan travels the globe to explore how different cultures have created architecture inspired by our mortality.