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Architecture November 27, 2020

Making Architecture Through Being Human

A Handbook of Design Ideas

Philip D. Plowright

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Architecture can seem complicated, mysterious or even ill-defined, especially to a student being introduced to architectural ideas for the first time. One way to approach architecture is simply as the …

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Architecture November 16, 2020

The Urban Fix

Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation

Douglas Kelbaugh

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Cities are one of the most significant contributors to global climate change. The rapid speed at which urban centers use large amounts of resources adds to the global crisis and …
East Asian Studies November 11, 2020

Where Dragon Veins Meet

The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe

Stephen H. Whiteman

Hosted by Suvi Rautio
In 1702, the second emperor of the Qing dynasty ordered construction of a new summer palace in Rehe (now Chengde, Hebei) to support his annual tours north among the court’s …
Architecture November 4, 2020

States of Childhood

From the Junior Republic to the American Republic, 1895-1945

Jennifer S. Light

Hosted by Nushelle de Silva
A number of curious communities sprang up across the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century: simulated cities, states, and nations in which children played the roles …
Architecture November 3, 2020

Architect and Entrepreneur

Eric Reinholdt

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Today I talked to Eric Reinholdt about two excellent books: Architect + Entrepreneur Volume 1: A Field Guide (Design Workshop Press, 2015) and Architect + Entrepreneur Volume 2: A How-To …
Architecture November 3, 2020

The Contemporary Hindu Temple

Fragments for a History

Annapurna Garimella

Hosted by Raj Balkaran
Contemporary Hindu temples raise aesthetic, economic, political and philosophical questions about the role of architecture in making a place for the sacred in society. This book presents the Hindu temple …
Architecture October 27, 2020

Louis Kahn

Architecture as Philosophy

John Lobell

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
For everyone interested in the enduring appeal of Louis Kahn, this book demonstrates that a close look at how Kahn put his buildings together will reveal a deeply felt philosophy …
Architecture October 13, 2020

The Multi-Skilled Designer

Newton D'Souza

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Newton D'Souza's new book The Multi-Skilled Designer (Taylor & Francis, 2020) presents and analyzes different approaches to contemporary architectural design and interprets them through the theory of multiple intelligences. The …
Indian Ocean World October 5, 2020

Swahili Port Cities

The Architecture of Elsewhere

Prita Meier

Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi
On the Swahili coast of East Africa, monumental stone houses, tombs, and mosques mark the border zone between the interior of the African continent and the Indian Ocean. In Swahili …
Architecture September 22, 2020

Living on Campus

An Architectural History of the American Dormitory

Carla Yanni

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Every fall on move-in day, parents tearfully bid farewell to their beloved sons and daughters at college dormitories: it is an age-old ritual. The residence hall has come to mark …
Architecture September 17, 2020

Hitler’s Northern Utopia

Building the New Order in Occupied Norway

Despina Stratigakos

Hosted by Craig Sorvillo
In her new book Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (Princeton University Press, 2020), Despina Stratigakos investigates the Nazi occupation of Norway. Between 1940 and 1945 …
Architecture September 14, 2020

The Invention of Public Space

Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay's New York

Mariana Mogilevich

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
As suburbanization, racial conflict, and the consequences of urban renewal threatened New York City with “urban crisis,” the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966–1973) experimented with a broad array …
Architecture September 9, 2020

The Great Indoors

The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

Emily Anthes

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways …
Architecture September 8, 2020

Primer of Ecological Restoration

Karen Holl

Hosted by Tricia Keffer
The pace, intensity, and scale at which humans have altered our planet in recent decades is unprecedented. We have dramatically transformed landscapes and waterways through agriculture, logging, mining, and fire …
Architecture September 1, 2020

Motor City Green

A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit

Joseph S. Cialdella

Hosted by Tricia Keffer
Joseph S. Cialdella's Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit (University of Pittsburg Press, 2020) is a history of green spaces in metropolitan Detroit from the …
Architecture August 25, 2020

DIY City

The Collective Power of Small Actions

Hank Dittmar

Hosted by Tricia Keffer
Some utopian plans have shaped our cities —from England’s New Towns and Garden Cities to the Haussmann plan for Paris and the L’Enfant plan for Washington, DC. But these grand …
Architecture August 21, 2020

The Architecture of Good Behavior

Psychology and Modern Institutional Design in Postwar America

Joy Knoblauch

Hosted by Claire Clark
Inspired by the rise of environmental psychology and increasing support for behavioral research after the Second World War, new initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels looked to influence …
Architecture August 20, 2020

Design Cybernetics

Navigating the New

T. Fischer and C.M. Herr

Hosted by Tom Scholte
Those who have followed this podcast in the past, and those who follow developments in cybernetics in the present, will be no strangers to the name Ranulph Glanville. This brilliant …
Architecture July 27, 2020

Design Justice

Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Hosted by Jasmine McNealy
In Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (MIT Press, 2020), Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of Civic Media at MIT, builds the case for designers and …
Architecture July 24, 2020

Every Home a Fortress

Cold War Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter

Thomas Bishop

Hosted by Diana De Pasquale
In Every Home a Fortress: Cold War Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020), Thomas Bishop details the remarkable cultural history and personal stories behind an …