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The week ahead

1 August Better by design: A programme for the well groomed engineer, product designers Richard Seymour and Dick Powell give the razor a makeover, combining the effectiveness of a wet shave with the convenience of electric. 8.30pm, Channel 4

3 August The material world: Fire! Presenter Quentin Cooper, Buro Happold engineer Garry Palmer and academic Ed Galea discuss the role of computational fluid dynamics in evolving designs and evacuation strategies for new buildings. 4.30pm, Radio 4

3 August Masterblasters: Husband and wife demolition duo Anna Chong and Eric Kelly set to work on bringing a council estate in Newark, New Jersey, to the ground. 8.30pm, BBC2

9 August Twin cities: Critic and journalist Jonathan Glancey looks at the way five sets of cities around the world have developed relationships, whether financial, architectural, through conurbation, or thanks to transport links. He kicks off by visiting Chicago and New York, talking to Donald Trump and the structural engineer behind some of the world's tallest buildings, Bill Baker. 11.00am, Radio 4

10 August Testbeds: Intelligent cars are far from sci-fi, discovers presenter Alun Lewis. He looks at advances that will enable cars to steer themselves out of a skid and - guaranteed to give boy racers a qualm or two - cruise along, driverless, in convoy. 9.00pm, Radio 4

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