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A podcast about architecture, buildings and cities, from the distant past to the present day. Plus detours into technology, film, fiction, comics, drawings, and the dimly imagined future. With Luke Jones and George Gingell.
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5.11.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

61 — Alberti — 1/2 — De Re Aedificatoria

In this first episode of a two parter, we tackle the original big beautiful bouncing boy of the High Italian Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti, and his 1485 blockbuster publication, On the Art of Building in Ten Books. After Vitruvius' original Ten Bo...
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60 — Reyner Banham — 2/2 — Design By Choice

In our second and final episode on Reyner Banham, we discuss his pivot to Los Angeles, his love affair with Archigram, his theories of Megastructure, and his later projects on American industrial vernacular ('Concrete Atlantis') and his unpublished boo...
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22.09.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

59 — Reyner Banham — 1/2 — Science for Kicks

As requested by the listeners, part one of a two parter on Reyner Banham! Banham was an architectural critic, historian, scenester and prophet of the future, with a flair for iconoclastic and pugilistic writing. In this first episode we discuss his ba...
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58 — The Reactionaries — 3/3 — The Empire Strikes Back

In our final episode on Reactionaries, we explore the politics and theory that underpinned the reactionary rejection of Modernism in the 70s and 80s. We discuss Prince Charles' architectural interventions and the theories of our future king's favourite...
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57 — The Reactionaries — 2/3 — Caesar's Palace without the Fun

In our second episode on Reactionaries, we explore the rejection of modernism by traditionalist architects and theorists in England after the Second World War. Modernism became the hegemonic architectural and urbanist mode in England during this period...
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Conversation 3 — Dulwich Picture Gallery — Soane in The Colour Palace

This is the audio from our live panel discussion at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where we were joined by the gallery's assistant curator, Helen Hillyard, and Neba Sere, founder of WUH Architecture and co-director of Black Females in Architecture. The discu...
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56 — The Reactionaries — 1/2 — Interwar Anxieties

Come and see us record a live episode at Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 26th June! We'd love to meet you! Modernist Architecture has always had more than its fair share of critics. In this episode, the first of a two parter, we discuss the reactionary...
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30.05.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

55 — Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Akira' — 3/3 — Good for Health, Bad for Education

In this concluding part of our discussion, we interview Anna Mill, artist of ‘Square Eyes’ about Akira from the point of view of an illustrator, and also discuss the feature length Akira anime (1988), and the wonderful soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogum...
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54 — Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira — 2/3 — Exploding Neo-Tokyo Twice

In the second part of our discussion, we talk through the whole, incredibly epic six-volume manga 'Akira' from start to finish. Music is from the soundtrack to the film 'Akira' by Geinoh Yamashirogumi. This episode is sponsored by the Article Trade ...
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53 — Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira — 1/3 — Radio School

Katsuhiro Otomo’s vast magnum opus ‘Akira’ (1982-90) is one of the landmarks of late 20th century science fiction — a story of psychic battles, youth counterculture and technology run out of control — all set in Neo-Tokyo, a vast megastructure in the T...
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52 — Nicholas Hawksmoor's Churches — 2 of 2

We conclude our discussion of the churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor in London, featuring discussion of church politics, 'the primitive church of the early Christians' and wet and windy site recordings from St George in the East, Shadwell (1714-29), Christ...
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25.03.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

51 — Nicholas Hawksmoor's Churches — 1 of 2

Nicholas Hawksmoor, born in 1661, built six churches in London between 1711 and his death in 1736. Vast, white, monumental and enigmatically detailed, the Hawksmoor churches are a looming and mysterious presence in the architectural consciousness and m...
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50 — 19th c Machine Utopias — 2/2 — Looking Backwards

The second part of our discussion of the utopias and dystopias of the late 19th century 'machine age'. Including a discussion of Edward Bellamy's 'Looking Backwards: 2000-1887' (once incredibly famous and now almost unknown), William Morris's 'News ...
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26.02.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

49 — 19th c. Machine Utopias 1/2 — Darwin Among the Machines

We start a two-part discussion of the utopias and dystopias of the late 19th century 'machine age,' when new technology seemed to be remaking the world, and society along with it. What sort of world would the machines bring? In this episode we discuss...
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48 — OMA 1989 — Attempts at Bigness

Rem Koolhaas and the firm he founded with three partners in 1975 — Office of Metropolitan Architects, OMA — are fascinating, critical and provocative presence within the architectural culture of the 1970s and 1980s, riding the wave of the crisis of mod...
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28.01.2019 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

47 — Venturi Scott-Brown & Learning From Las Vegas

We continue our discussion of the theoretical works of Robert Venturi with this episode on ‘Learning from Las Vegas — The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form’ — researched and written with Denise Scott-Brown and Steven Izenour, and published in 1...
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46 — Robert Venturi's 'Complexity & Contradiction' — Valid Banalities

For the first AB+C of 2019 we’re tackling one of the seminal texts of the 1960s, and an iconic moment in the stylistic overthrow of the postwar modernist order — Robert Venturi’s ‘Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture’ (1966). It’s a slim, lavis...
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Bonus Unlocked — 44.5 — Italian Architecture Under Fascism

We're a bit late with the first episode of the new year, so I'm releasing our bonus conversation on Italian fascist architecture to tide you over until then. If you want more material like this, there's a link to the Patreon below. We talk about the ...
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16.12.2018 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

45 — John Ruskin & the 19th century — Living Too Late

We finally get onto the last book of Stones of Venice, and its reverberations through the long second half of the 19th century. Young Ruskinians, EL Godwin, William Burges, William Morris and so on. Music — Vivaldi concerto for two horns, strings a...
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44 — Giovanni Michelucci — Late Style

Giovanni Michelucci was born in 1891, and lived through nine-tenths of the 20th century, through all its terrifying and perplexing twists and dislocations. Throughout his career, his work manages to express an idiosyncratic and critical relationship to...
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Shoetopia! — by Stories from the Eastern West

A collaboration between About Buildings + Cities and Stories from the Eastern West (@sftewpodcast) — a cool podcast telling little-known stories from Central & Eastern Europe. We discuss Tomas Bata's modernist shoe-factory Utopia in Zlin, Moravia...
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Conversation 2.2 — Adam Caruso — Second Thoughts

This is the audio from our ‘In Conversation’ with Adam Caruso, held at Nottingham Contemporary on October the 4th. You can (and probably should, if you want to know what’s going on) download the slides from the presentation here — We didn’t get thro...
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Conversation 2.1 — Adam Caruso — On the night

This is the audio from our ‘In Conversation’ with Adam Caruso, held at Nottingham Contemporary on October the 4th. You can (and probably should, if you want to know what’s going on) download the slides from the presentation here — We didn’t get thro...
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30.10.2018 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

43 — John Ruskin's 'Stones of Venice' — Shafts!

We discuss the first two volumes of 'Stones of Venice' — the interminable first and dream-like second. Shafts, archivolts, more shafts, rotten and sun-whitened vegetation, encrustation, palaces (Gothic and Byzantine), melancholy ruins, the sound of dis...
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42 — John Ruskin — How to be Victorian

John Ruskin’s ‘Stones of Venice’ is one of the monuments of architectural theory in the 19th century. But it’s a hard book to get through, or to get inside. It’s incredibly long, and animated by a kind of moralistic passion that feels a little alien, a...
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16.09.2018 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

Conversation 1 — Fred Scharmen — Zero-G Carnival

A short post-script to the Space Age episodes — we talked to Fred Scharmen about the mid 1970s NASA Space Settlements design study. You can read his essay at Places Journal where you can also see a selection of Rick Guidice and Don Davis’s illustrati...
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23.08.2018 https://pinecast-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/covers/842c7cf3-7db2-41d3-bf8a-9d6685ee8238/MainIdent2448alt2.jpg

41 — '2001 – A Space Odyssey' 2/2 — Live on BBC 12

The second part of our discussion of '2001 — A Space Odyssey'. At a certain point quite early on we started referring to the Monolith as 'the Obelisk' and neither of us noticed. Oh well. Thanks for listening and let us know your thoughts. Support...
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40 — Kubrick's '2001 – A Space Odyssey' — Pink Upholstery in Cartesian Space

Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001 a space odyssey is the iconic depiction of space travel, channeling the optimism and excitement of radical advances in space exploration and technology. It’s an uncompromising, utterly singular film, whose vision of a p...
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39 — Catastrophe Curves — Early 90s Computer Architecture

The 1990s were when computers really entered the mainstream of architecture. The rise of personal computing, with wider access to inexpensive machines, the world wide web, advances in software and hardware, all took place against the background of glob...
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38 — Le Corbusier — 9 — Villa Stein & Villa Savoye

We now have a Patreon — you can subscribe to get additional content for every episode. Projects like the Villa Stein and Villa Savoye are icons of modernist architecture — among the most famous of all modern buildings — images and symbols of what mod...
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37 — Le Corbusier — 8 — Five Points Towards a New Architecture

We now have a Patreon — you can subscribe to get additional content for every episode. Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanerret's 'Five Points' (1926) were an attempt to condense the fundamental structural and design principles underlying their new architec...
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36 —  Bernard Rudofsky & 'Architecture Without Architects'

We’re launching a Patreon — you can subscribe to get additional content for every episode. Bernard Rudofsky’s exhibition Architecture Without Architects at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1964 — and the fantastically successful book which fol...
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35 — 'Playtime' & 'Mon Oncle' — Modern life in Tativille

Jacques Tati's 'Mon Oncle' (1957) and 'Playtime' (1967) playfully dramatise the clash between old and new in the fast-changing cities of post-war France. Nostalgia, alienation, the absurdity of modern life and work, play, rhythm, rebellion and the curi...
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34 — Adolf Loos's 'Ornament and Crime' — Bathroom Kink

Adolf Loos’s essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ (1910) is considered the classic modernist polemic against the frills and folderols of the established arts of the day. We're in the city of Freud — and the neurotic subtext is very close to the surface. We d...
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33 — Le Corbusier — 7 — Early Mass Housing

In this episode we explore in two early schemes for mass housing, at Pessac and in Stuttgart. Among many other things, we talked about — - Bourneville - New Lanark - Arnold circus - Bruno taut’s horseshoe estate - Pessac - Henri Frugès - The Weissenh...
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32 — Le Corbusier's Urbanism — 2 — Let's Demolish Paris (Again)

The concluding part of our discussion of ‘Urbanism’ (1925) — we look at the proposals for a Contemporary City for Three Million (1923), and the notorious Plan Voisin (1925). For Le Corbusier’s detractors, these are really the crimes of the century. We ...
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31 – Le Corbusier's Urbanism – 1 – Of Men & Asses

The first of a two part episode exploring Le Corbusier’s infamous and much-derided urban proposals, exhibited in the Esprit Nouveau Pavilion in 1925. In this part, we’re conducting a close reading of ‘Urbanism’ (sometimes known as ‘The City of Tomorrow...
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30 – Franz Kafka's America

Franz Kafka’s first, and least-finished, novel is an imaginary journey around the USA (a country he never visited). Written in 1912, it’s a fantasy of America at a time when seemed, to Europeans at least, to be the most futuristic (and mysterious) plac...
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29 – Le Corbusier – 4 – At Home He Feels Like A Purist

For our Christmas episode, we're discussing the early Purist villas! Knowing the right people, and a relentless programme of self-publicity yielded a steady stream of clients for Le Corbusier in the early 1920s, and allowed him to explore an architec...
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28 – Le Corbusier – 3 – Towards a New Architecture

A new epoch has begun! Le Corbusier’s ‘discovery’ is that the style of future architecture is to be found new inventions of the machine age — planes, cars, ocean liners. But ‘Towards a New Architecture’ is, at its heart, an argument for a fusion of tim...
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27 – Le Corbusier – 2 – Oyster and Breezeblock Years

We’re in Paris, 1917, where Charles-Edouard Jeanneret is making friends, thinking about sex (and writing enormous letters about it), designing the occasional mechanised abattoir / concrete garden terrace, going bankrupt, trying to sell concrete blocks ...
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13.11.2017

26 – Le Corbusier – 1 – Origin Story

We’re taking on the origin story of (in our minds, undoubtedly) the most important architect of the 20th century — Charles-Edouard Jeanneret aka Le Corbusier. His origins — petit bourgeois, Swiss, provincial — can make his eventual rise to world-envelo...
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30.10.2017

25 – Palace of the Soviets

First announced in 1931, the project for the Palace of the Soviets in Moscow evolved into a staggeringly vast and bizarre proposal which stalled during WWII when only the foundations had been completed. A 400m tall neoclassical fantasy topped with a va...
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23.10.2017

24.5 – Blade Runner 2049

Don’t listen if you haven’t seen the movie yet! We discuss Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. It’s pretty formless and we forgot the names of most of the characters, actors, significant plot entities. You’ll get who we’re talking about it you’ve se...
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16.09.2017

24 – Blade Runner – Do You Like Our Owl?

As a postscript to our discussion of Cyberpunk in episodes 20-21, and vaguely looking ahead to the release of the upcoming sequel, we talked about Ridley Scott’s 1982 film ‘Blade Runner’. We were really winging it on the research for this one and as...
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2.09.2017

23 – Chicago Tribune – 2 of 2 – Honourable Mentions

We conclude our discussion of the 1922 Chicago Tribune competition, going through a few of the less favoured entries, and discussing how it’s been seen and understood in the years since. Apologies for some clipping on the audio – we’ve tried to edit mo...
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10.08.2017

22 – Chicago Tribune – 1 of 2 – World's Most Beautiful Office Building

In 1922, to coincide with its 75th birthday, the Chicago Tribune set out to endow the city with ‘the world’s most beautiful office building’. The results of the design competition have been seen in retrospect less as ‘the ultimate in civic expression’ ...
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14.06.2017

21 – William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' – 2 of 2 – A Haunted House in Space

Leaving the waste-strewn Earth behind, we follow the team on their run all the way to its conclusion in orbit. On the way, we cast our eyes over the weed-smelling shanty-hulk of Zion, the sunlit Condé Naste-styled resort-perfection of Freeside, and the...
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23.05.2017

20 – William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' – 1 of 2 – Foam Mattress, No Sheets

We’re back in dystopia, soaking up the glamour, danger and decadence of the cyberpunk city. We’re reading William Gibson’s seminal science fiction novel Neuromancer (1984), which combines the pace of a thriller with a vivid and almost archaeological vi...
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4.05.2017

19 – Jean Renaudie – French Concrete Utopia

During the 1960s and 70s, the French architect Jean Renaudie designed and built a series of projects in which he attempted to upend the staid and formulaic model of postwar slab-block mass housing. Architecture, for Renaudie, had to acknowledge and en...
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