Latest podcasts on Architecture

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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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19 Jun 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Restoration and reuse : 

We meet the architect giving a new lease of life to a brutalist complex in London and find out how a brewery in Athens became the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Plus: Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto on his upcoming exhibition in London.

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5 Jun 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Britain’s postmodern buildings : 

We ask why a spate of the UK’s bright and bewildering but controversial postmodern buildings have just obtained listed status. Plus: dispatches from the Venice Biennale – what can the Holy Land teach us about sharing and what does Saudi Arabia have to say about urban sprawl?

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31 May 2018
30 min

The Urbanist - Venice Biennale and more: 

We report from the Venice Biennale 2018 where we sit down for a chat with the architect David Chipperfield and also with Helsinki’s mayor Jan Vapaavuori. We also meet the architect running for mayor of Bratislava and find out what he might bring to the table.

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29 May 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Freespace: Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: 

Venice, a city of canals, church bells, bobbing boats and over-fed pigeons is a-chatter with talk about the just-opened Venice Architecture Biennale. Josh Fehnert sits down with the directors of this year’s show. He also talks to the commissioners behind the UK and US exhibitions and takes note of the pavilions worth perusing.

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22 May 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Why go to architecture school?: 

Does architectural education need an overhaul? We put the question to the heads of two leading architecture schools: London’s Architectural Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Plus: Riba’s play at creating an architecture workshop for children.

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15 May 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Jim Olson: framing nature: 

We meet architect Jim Olson to ask how buildings can bring us closer to nature. Plus: we talk making it in the city at London Craft Week and proffer a little advice for younger designers looking to secure space on the exhibition circuit.

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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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18 Jun 2018
8 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 111: the Walt Disney Concert Hall: 

Standing proudly in downtown Los Angeles, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is difficult to miss. The complex may fool you at first with its sharp stainless steel edges but once inside the tone changes and it becomes warm and inviting.

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4 Jun 2018
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 109: Merihaka : 

This week we head to Helsinki to hear the story of the brutalist high-rise Merihaka: one of the city's most unloved buildings.

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24 May 2018
7 min

Monocle on Design - Extra: Oficios Asociados: 

Argentinian studio Oficios Asociados was founded five years ago, with the notion of taking control over every aspect of the architectural process, from concept to construction. We visit Buenos Aires to find out more.

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