Latest podcasts on Architecture

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13 Nov 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Elemental: the work of Alejandro Aravena: 

We meet Pritzker prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena to talk politics, climate change and architecture’s role in turbulent times. Plus: what is director Wes Anderson up to in Vienna?

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23 Oct 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Architecture for animals: 

We ask what designers dream up when they put animals at the centre of their thinking, see the silkscreen printers pushing on in Beirut and visit a Stirling prize-winning building to augur the future of the news industry.

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16 Oct 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - ‘Why Materials Matter’: 

We peek inside the innovative Berlin-based design company that’s developing pollution-eating façades to tackle city smog. Plus: Mexican architect Frida Escobedo on her love of traditional materials and a discussion on the ethics of what we build with in new book ‘Why Materials Matter’.

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9 Oct 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Hostile architecture: 

We look at the ups and downs of ‘hostile’ or ‘defensive’ architecture, those prickly interventions designed to curb anti-social behaviour, vandalism and lingering. Plus: a new book about weaving and a special dispatch from Vienna Design Week.

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25 Sep 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - ‘California Captured’: 

We make for the sun-soaked hills of southern California to examine the post-war modernist-architecture boom (and mine a few lessons for today). Plus: Josh Fehnert talks to Katie Treggiden about London Design Festival.

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12 Sep 2018
27 min

Monocle on Design - Meeting Manuel Aires Mateus: 

We meet Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus at his new headquarters to talk new projects, the value of teaching and why he’d never open a studio anywhere but Lisbon. Plus: Maison & Objet’s designer of the year, Ramy Fischler, and our picks from the London Design Biennale.

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28 Aug 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Closed architecture : 

From space capsules to submarines and housing estates, we take a closer look at “closed” architecture. Plus: Josh Fehnert meets sir John Sorrell to talk creative education and his role in London’s forthcoming design festival and biennale.

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26 Jun 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Are architects afraid of colour?: 

We explore the use of colour (or the lack thereof) by architects in the West and ask what can be done about it. We also mull over automated ships and visit German bathroom firm Duravit’s flush new London showroom.

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5 Nov 2018
3 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 131: Kavanagh building : 

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck takes us to Buenos Aires to bring us the story of what was once the highest skyscraper in Latin America.

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25 Oct 2018
7 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: Bricking it: 

“Bricks and mortar” is a phrase that evokes feelings of safety, reliability and permanence – but do these ancient materials pass muster in a world of sparkling glass towers? One architecture firm we spoke to thinks so. Henley Halebrown recently celebrated the traditional brick-built trope (with a twist) in the recently completed University of Roehampton’s Chadwick Hall.

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11 Oct 2018
8 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: The Frankfurt kitchen: 

Considered to be a milestone in domestic architecture, we trace the roots of the modern kitchen back to 1920’s Frankfurt and the woman who cooked up a storm within in: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky.

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27 Sep 2018
8 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: Remembering Robert Venturi: 

We discuss the reluctant father of postmodernism and his life and work partner, Denise Scott Brown. Venturi redefined not only how buildings should look but how we should think about architecture’s role in the world.

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17 Sep 2018
7 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 124: The Melnikov House: 

Konstantin Melnikov’s most significant building was the house he built for himself in 1929. It remained in the Melnikov family for decades until, in 2014 after much legal wrangling, it was taken over by the Moscow Museum of Architecture.

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13 Sep 2018
8 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: Middle Eastern masonry: 

Architects, stonemasons and engineers in the Middle East have used ablaq for hundreds of years. Examples are found across Spain, the Middle East and North Africa, showing how architectural techniques pre-date the borders of modern states. Our correspondent in Beirut, Lizzie Porter, visits a restoration project in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

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13 Aug 2018
6 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 119: Fritz Wotruba: 

Far away from the splendours of Vienna’s historic city centre lies a stupendous piece of architecture. It’s all concrete and glass, and it would be a perfect example of brutalist architecture were it not more of a sculpture than a building.

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2 Aug 2018
6 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: The Balkans’ solid effort: 

Towards a Concrete Utopia is the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective on architecture and urban design in the Tito era. Could it revise negative perceptions of the postwar tower blocks in cities such as Belgrade, Sarajevo and Skopje? Monocle’s Guy De Launey reports from Ljubljana.

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19 Jul 2018
6 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: Who is Gustav Peichl? : 

Vienna’s architectural legacy is well known but you may not have heard of Gustav Peichl. The Austrian architect’s 70 buildings straddle the mid to late 20th century and are the subject of an intriguing new exhibition. Alexei Korolyov reports.

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5 Jul 2018
6 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: What happened to the town square? : 

Ireland’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale is entitled “Free Market” and ruminates on the changing role of the town square in civic life. Here we ask if such spaces should be for public discourse or for parking cars – and whether these time-tested spaces are disappearing.

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