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Episode 20: Transnationalism and Japanese Architecture with Ken Oshima

Ken Oshima (left) with Arata Isozaki (right) We discuss the complexities of practicing architecture and architectural history across cultures, nationalities, and aesthetic regimes with Ken T. Oshima, Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, Chair of the Japan Studies Program, and recent President of the Society for Architectural Historians. Topics include: the Edo period, Antonin Raymond, Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan, the post-War modernists, Japanese global architects,...


Episode 19: Rethinking a Life in Architecture with Javier Sánchez

Hotel Condessa, Mexico City SOURCE JSa This week we talk with Javier Sánchez, developer, architect and founder of JSa architectural firm, with offices in Mexico City and in Peru. We interrogate the state of contemporary practice in Mexico, the role of Modernism, and the power of transformation in architecture. We discuss with Javier family legacy, time, and innovation as the son and grandson of architects and forging his own path in the design world. And we examine the role of personal...


18: Camels, Horses and Other Technologies of Global Communication with Shundana Yusaf (GAHTC)

Camel with Gatling gun SOURCE Smithsonian Magazine 1872 Camels, ships, roads, railways, electricity.....This week we talk with Shundana Yusaf, Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, and discuss the concept and approach to her fascinating co-authored GAHTC module about architecture and the technologies of transportation and communication. Her research has looked at topics as rich and wide ranging as the BBC and Empire in the age of wireless communication as well as Sufi...


17: Creating Urban Agriculture Systems with Gundula Proksch

Based on her recent book, Creating Urban Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Approach to Design, we discuss with University of Washington's Gundula Proksch the myriad implications of re-thinking our food culture. Conversation topics range from community gardens to hydroponics, edible school yards to Mars colonies, the slow-food movement to bio-engineered buildings.


16: Rahul Mehrotra (Harvard GSD) and the Kinetic City

View of kumbh mela SOURCE Felipe Vera We discuss kinetic architecture and ephemeral urbanism with Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Topics include events like the kumbh mela, and its implications about thinking about temporality in contemporary practice, including designing for obsolescence, immigration, identity and India in the 21st century. Rahul is also principle of RMA Architects, Mumbai.


15: On the Peripheries of Contact in Medieval Central Asia with Manu P. Sobti (GAHTC)

Mud brick fortification walls from the 10th century at Merv, Turkmenistan SOURCE: Manu Sobti Manu P. Sobti, Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, discusses his co-authored GAHTC module, Peripheries of Contact, which explores the architecture and urbanism created by migrant populations who traversed Central Asia and engaged with 'settled' peoples at the edges of their world. We discuss migration, loss and memory; graphic design, photography and...


14: Better, Faster, Cheaper: Katerra and Craig Curtis, FAIA

Katerra Project Delivery CREDIT: Katerra Katerra is a new global leader in innovation and efficiency in construction project delivery. Design Director Craig Curtis, FAIA, shares eye-opening insights as a member of the Executive Team. Katerra is challenging conventions to deliver successful, sustainable, and innovative projects on par with Ikea, Apple and Tesla in supply chain and smart sourcing, construction and beautiful design. Through its commitment to Research and Development and...


13. Life is a River, A Conversation with BV Doshi

At age 90, Dr. Balkrishna Vithaldas (B.V.) Doshi's journey in architecture has spanned 70 years, from Indian independence in 1947, to he work with Le Corbusier, and the founding of his design studio, Vastu-Shilpa. The recipient of France's highest honor, the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2011 and the prestigious Padmi Shri award in India, Doshi, a major force in South Asian architecture pedagogy and practice, reflects on the Nehruvian modernization in India, and the changing...


12: Global Modernism with Tom Avermaete (GAHTC)

Tom Avermaete and I discuss his GAHTC module, co-authored with Michelangelo Sabatino, on the historiography of mid-century modernism. Entitled "The Global Turn" the six lectures of their module articulate an alternative history of modernism as a network of collaborations cultivated in the context of the decolonizing world. Discussion topics include (post)colonial modernism, multi-layered collaborations, migration and housing, modernism and neoliberalism, Chandigarh, Casablanca and the...


11: The Life and Work of Pierre Jeanneret with Maristella Casciato

Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator Architecture at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, discusses the life and legacy of Pierre Jeanneret, the Chief Architect of Chandigarh, India, and cousin, collaborator, confidant to Le Corbusier. Discussion topics include the legacy of his (in)famous furniture, Charlotte Perriand, and the special relationships he developed with India and the Indian architects and planners.


10: Messy Urbanism with Jeff Hou and Manish Chalana

Jeff Hou and Manish Chalana, Professors of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, discuss the 'mess' that makes the vitality of the contemporary Asian city, and the lessons one might draw form that in thinking about the future of a city like Seattle. Discussion topics include: Event-city, Mekong Railway Market, slum porn, filmic narratives and racial segregation.


9: Art Curation and Architecture with Catharina Manchanda

Catharina Manchanda, the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Seattle Art Museum, discusses the practices of art curation as a spatial activity in the Northwest, the possibly for new spaces for viewing art and being on the digita


8: Architecture and the Islamic World Today with Mariam Kamara and Yasaman Esmaili

Architects from Niger and Iran, Mariam Kamara and Yasaman Esmaili, discuss their award-winning work, the challenges of practicing globally, and the difficulties and rewards of learning to translate across languages and cultures via architecture. Topics include: feminism and architecture, Islam in the world, international practice, and the non-Western roots of the modernist aesthetic.


7: Fashion and Architecture with Anna Telcs

Seattle based fashion designer and performance artist with a background in industrial design, Anna Telcs discusses our relationship to clothes, and the rituals of dressing, as modalities of expressing our selves, our bodies and our place in the world. Dis


6: Emerson, Thoreau and Frank Lloyd Wright with Ayad Rahmani

Ayad Rahmani is a licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at Washington State University who writes on a diverse array of topics ranging from the Islamic city to Frank Lloyd Wright to Dubai today. In this episode we try and connect the


5: Transference in Architecture, Culture and Society with Dominick LaCapra

Cornell University’s Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History, Dominick La Capra discusses the constitutive role of transference in our relationship to history, historiography, animals and architecture. We discuss transference’s relationship with em


4: Crossroads of civilizations: The Medieval Mediterranean with Carla Keyvanian (GAHTC)

Carla Keyvanian, Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, talks about her module for GAHTC that looks at the ‘Medieval’ architecture as a product of the complex cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean, that includes Islamic, African


2: Architectural Culture of Seattle Today with Cassie Blair, JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox and Tim Richey

Cassie Blair, JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox and Tim Richey are part of the committee putting on the 2017 Seattle AIA awards. We discuss trends in the local architecture and talk about how this fast‐growing city can serve its residents. Topics include: migration, diversity, regionalism, densification, risk‐taking and the pains of a growing city.


3: Rethinking Historic Preservation with Jorge Otero‐Pailos

Columbia University’s Jorge Otero‐Pailos is a prolific architect, artist, educator and preservationist. He questions the invisibility of preservation and what an act of restoration is, looking closely at what is lost when for example buildings are cleaned. Topics discussed include preservation as memory, future and how it is, or isn’t, ‘overtaking us’.


1: The Architecture of First Societies with Mark Jarzombek (GAHTC)

MIT Professor Mark Jarzombek discusses his GAHTC module on the Architecture of First Societies, establishing the importance of thinking architecture beyond established canons based on cities and technology. Instead he argues the origins of architecture in the ‘social package’ and in the representational networks of ‘modeling’.


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