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78 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
105. Revisiting the Modern and the Global, a reissue and crossover episode with Anthony Vidler and Mark Jarzombek
This week, we revisit two past episodes as a preamble to the forthcoming panel discussion “One Continuous Line: is Indian MidCentury Modernism still relevant today?” In this crossover episode we discuss the project of Utopia and its colonial situatedness, modernity and its critiques, and the ways in which global thinking (dis)connects with deconstruction.
45 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
104. One Continuous Line with Vikram Prakash
This week, we turn the mic back on Vikram Prakash to discuss his newly published book One Continuous Line: Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash. The conversation picks up the thread of the book, mapping out and analyzing the life and multi modal work of Vikram’s father, Aditya Prakash, in Mid Century Modern India.
72 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
103. Navigating the Skins of the Earth with Raoul Bunschoten
How might we navigate and negotiate the skins of the Earth in the face of climate change? What can Byzantine architecture and Plato’s Khôra teach us about urban living in the 21st Century? What is the role of the architect in current cultural production? This week, we have a fascinating conversation with Raoul Bunschoten, Professor of Sustainable Urban Planning and Urban Design at the TU Berlin, and founder of Chora an architectural design and urban planning group.
50 minutes | May 20, 2021
102. Memories and Legacies of Richard Neutra with Raymond Neutra
What was it like to grow up in the Neutra household? What memories of Richard Neutra’s early and practicing life live on in his children? This episode explores the idea of legacy and memory with Raymond Neutra, youngest child of famous Mid-Century Modern Architect Richard Neutra.
52 minutes | May 5, 2021
101. On Anant Raje and Creative Legacy with Shubhra Raje
Today we talk to Shubhra Raje, Academic and Architect…and also the daughter of Anant Raje, faculty member of CEPT in Ahmedabad and an architect who worked closely with Louis Kahn on the IIM project. Today, we focus the conversation on Shubhra’s relationship with her father, how he has influenced her life and how this relationship has been formative in her own architectural and creative identity.
48 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
100. Fragments of Utopia in Farangestan with Vahid Vahdat
This week's episode invites you to look back to the 19th century with four Persian travelers making their way through a modernized Europe. In their travel diaries, we see Europe from an Occidentalist gaze, which charges these Western spaces with eroticism, magic, and wonder. What can we learn about Persian utopia from these "farangi," or foreign, narratives? Join us, for this discussion with Vahid Vahdat, assistant professor of architecture and interior design at The School of Design and Construction, Washington State University and author of the newly published Occidentalist Perceptions of European Architecture in Nineteeth-Century Persian Travel Diaries: Travels in Farangi Space.
70 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
99. Unfolding Moods and the Romance of the Monsoon with Dipti Khera
How do moods and cultural objects work in the construction of history, politics, place? In this episode, Dipti Khera joins us to discuss her newly published book The Place of Many Moods: Udaipur’s Painted Lands and India’s Eighteenth Century, which deconstructs the affects of the painted letters traditions of Northwest India on the construction of place.
51 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
98. Colonial Memory, Climate Change, and the role of the Greenhouse in the Colonial Project with Luis Berríos-Negrón
We are experiencing rapidly rising global temperatures making it increasingly difficult for Earth to remain habitable. Yet, the dominant power structure of the free-market economy is not really reacting. Enter the greenhouse as the future of life in a changed climate…or is it simply a perpetuation of what got us here in the first place? Listen as Luis Berríos-Negrón traces the lineage of the greenhouse through history and critiques the deployment of the greenhouse typology as a “solution” to climate change.
51 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
97. Reissue of AITC: The Medicalization of Space with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group
What can architecture do in the time of a pandemic? What is an architecture of medical necessity? This week, we talk with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group to discuss architecture in the time of COVID-19.
58 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
96. Re-Issue On Wetness, Ecology, and Rethinking Habitation with Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha
This week we look back at our miniseries Architecture in the Time of Coronavirus with architects and educators Anuradha Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha. In this re-issue, the discussion touches on Mathur and Da Cunha’s concept of wetness - a re-writing of what it means to live in relationship to water - and what it means for architecture and ecological thinking in the time of Coronavirus.
66 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
95. Part II of Demolition of Kahn's IIM Dormitories with Sarosh Anklesaria, Shubhra Raje, and Riyaz Tayyibji
This week, we continue our conversation with Sarosh Anklesaria, Shubhra Raje, and Riyaz Tayyibji about the recent developments at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM) where controversial deliberations have led to the decision to demolish a large swath of dormitories on its campus designed by Louis Kahn, architect. While this decision has been temporarily halted, it has generated much conversation surrounding the value of experience, collective and micro histories, the role of empathy within the built environment, and changing the terms of engagement with a “growth” mindset.
59 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
94. Demolition of Kahn's IIM Dormitories with Sarosh Anklesaria, Shubhra Raje, and Riyaz Tayyibji
The basic issue is: what is the value of collective/cultural memory? What happens when we privilege certain memories over others? This week, Sarosh Anklesaria, Shubhra Raje, Riyaz Tayyibji and Vikram Prakash converse about recent developments at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM) where controversial deliberations have led to the decision to demolish a large swath of dormitories on its campus designed by Louis Kahn, architect.
46 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
93. Heritage, Architectural Autonomy, and The Aesthetics of Absorption with Prem Chandavarkar
The basic issue is: what do we recognize as heritage? What is worth remembering? And who decides? This week, Prem Chandavarkar and Vikram Prakash converse about recent developments at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM) where controversial deliberations have led to the decision to demolish a large swath of dormitories on its campus designed by Louis Kahn.
63 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
92. A look back at 2020 with the Office of (Un)Certainty Research
This week, Architecture Talk sits down with the Office of (Un)Certainty Research to find out who they are, where they are, and where they are going. Find out what it's all about!
54 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
91. Posthuman Humanism, Spirituality, and the Impressions of Childhood with Michael Benedikt
This week, we sit down with Michael Benedikt, the 2004 ACSA Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. In this fascinating and meandering conversation, Vikram and Michael discuss the impressions of childhood on our adult life, inter-subjectivities and the force-relations of things, spirituality in architecture, and posthuman humanism.
54 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
90. Recollecting the past and present with Franz Ziegler
This week, we sit down with Architect, Urban Planner, and long-time friend Franz Ziegler to exchange thoughts on Holland and global architecture, drawing with the hand, and to reminisce on mutual experiences in India.
46 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
89. Storytelling with the Shapes of Time with Amir Sheikh
What's in a placename? What are the geneologies and lineages of the land we live on? As mapmaker and transdisciplinary scholar, Amir Sheikh reveals that there are many intersecting and sedimented narratives of place and placenames, in part, tell these stories. Join us as we talk with him about his work with the Waterlines project and storytelling with the shapes of time.
59 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
88. The Dialectics of the Ramayana and the City of Changing Shape with Arshia Sattar
How might literature help inform the way we talk, think, and design the city? How differently would we build it? This week, scholar and translator Arshia Sattar brings her immense knowledge of the Hindu Epic The Ramayana to talk about ethics, morality, sensuality, and space and how we might imagine a city of changing shape.
49 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
87. Architectural Pedagogy Then and Now with Neelkanth Chhaya
This week, we gain new perspectives on architectural pedagogy today in the time of Zoom University and Coronavirus as we speak with long-time educator and architectural practitioner Neelkanth Chhaya. Fresh off the success of a fully online studio titled Poche, Neelkanth reflects on studio culture and pedagogy today and in the past.
48 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
86. Peter Mohlmam, The Window Witch
From the catwalk to the department store, there are many modalities of showcasing high fashion. In the realm of window displays, how do you draw people in? For Peter Mohlmam, it's all about seduction. This week, we dive into the wickedly beguiling world of the Window Witch - where fashion design and architecture meet and design is life.
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