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A podcast about architecture, buildings and cities, from the distant past to the present day. Plus detours into technology, film, fiction, comics, drawings, and the dimly imagined future.

With Luke Jones and George Gingell.

About Buildings + Cities Luke Jones & George Gingell Discuss Architecture, History and Culture

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A podcast about architecture, buildings and cities, from the distant past to the present day. Plus detours into technology, film, fiction, comics, drawings, and the dimly imagined future.

With Luke Jones and George Gingell.

    89 — Carlo Scarpa — 3/4 — Castelvecchio, Invented History

    89 — Carlo Scarpa — 3/4 — Castelvecchio, Invented History

    The Castelvecchio Museum (1959-73) in Verona is an elaborate spatial narrative, weaving together historic structures and ingenious design elements to create a fragmentary and multi-layered story about the site, the city, and the objects contained in it. The project was Carlo Scarpa's largest and longest running, and we go through it at some length.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    88 — Carlo Scarpa — 2/4 — Querini Stampalia, A Modern Palazzo

    88 — Carlo Scarpa — 2/4 — Querini Stampalia, A Modern Palazzo

    We talked about Carlo Scarpa's work at the Querini Stampalia foundation (1959-63), a palazzo-museum in Venice. Scarpa's interventions are focussed on the ground floor spaces, including a new entrance bridge, galleries and courtyard garden. There's a very distinctive mixture of restoration and fantasy, historical narration and occasional touches of grooviness.

    You can watch this episode, including relevant images, on our YouTube channel.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 53 min
    87 — Carlo Scarpa — 1/4 — Not Every Architect is an Artist

    87 — Carlo Scarpa — 1/4 — Not Every Architect is an Artist

    In our first episode on Carlo Scarpa, we're trying something new! We've made a video to accompany the episode that you can find on our YouTube Channel, in which you can watch Luke and George discuss the enigmatic architecture of Carlo Scarpa, accompanied by images of the buildings! Make sure you subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date.

    This is an experiment, so let us know what you think! We will always put out these main episodes here on the podcast feed, and we will try to keep them accessible to those in audio only. As always, accompanying images will appear on our socials. Thanks to everyone for supporting the show and making this new model possible, do give us a review on your podcast app if you're enjoying what we do.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 57 min
    86 — Ian Nairn — 3/3 — Nairn on TV

    86 — Ian Nairn — 3/3 — Nairn on TV

    In the final episode in our series on Ian Nairn, we discussed the 1967 book 'Britain's Changing Towns' and the BBC television work that has granted Nairn a viral afterlife on YouTube.

    Here's the Nairn clip from the outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K-53widcdY You can find all the Nairn tv shows we discussed in the episode by simply searching 'Ian Nairn' on Youtube, and we'll be posting some Nairn clips on the socials over the next couple of weeks.

    Bonus episode for patreon subscribers on Gordon Cullen and Townscapes will be out this week!

    This episode is sponsored by Blue Crow Media, purveyors of beautiful architectural maps, including maps of London tube stations and Art Deco or Brutalist architecture in London, in the tradition of Ian Nairn! Use the code aboutbuildings at checkout for 10% off! https://bluecrowmedia.com/

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    85 — Ian Nairn — 2/3 — Nairn's London

    85 — Ian Nairn — 2/3 — Nairn's London

    In the second episode of our series on Ian Nairn, we talked about Nairn's London, the 1966 architectural guide to the city which was the critic's magnum opus. We discussed his inimitable prose style, his deep knowledge of the buildings of London, the afterlife of the book and its un-propositional nature.

    This episode includes clips from a walking tour of the West End that we took with Nairn's London in hand. The full audio tour of the West End will be published on our Patreon for subscribers!

    This episode is sponsored by Blue Crow Media, purveyors of beautiful architectural maps, including maps of London tube stations and Art Deco or Brutalist architecture in London, in the tradition of Ian Nairn! Use the code aboutbuildings at checkout for 10% off! https://bluecrowmedia.com/

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    84 — Ian Nairn — 1/3 — Subtopia

    84 — Ian Nairn — 1/3 — Subtopia

    The first episode in our new series on the work of architectural critic Ian Nairn. In this first episode we discussed his breakout work for the Architectural Review, Outrage, which railed against 'subtopia', the suburban sprawl of concrete and fencing that Nairn saw ruining the British environment in the decades after World War 2. We also discussed his writings on America, his similarities to Jane Jacobs and his work on Nikolaus Pevsner's Buildings of England.

    Nairn has become something of a cult figure in recent years, with his uniquely irascible and sullen television style enjoying a successful afterlife on YouTube. In our next episode we'll be discussing his guide books: Nairn's London and Changing Towns, followed by a final episode on his TV work.

    This episode is sponsored by https://bluecrowmedia.com/, who produce beautiful architectural maps that show you all the architectural highlights of a city, including newly released maps of Modernism in Venice and Prague. Use the offer code aboutbuildings for 10% off your next purchase.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    Please rate and review the show on your podcast store to help other people find us!

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    • 55 min

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janne2.0 ,

Interesting and funny

It an amazing podcast, every episode is well thought out and gives a lot of different perspectives. You can listen to intensely or just in or have it on in the background, they have good calming speaking voices so it works for both. It’s a architectural podcast so visual aid is sometimes useful and they post that on instagram. Definitely one of the better architecture podcast out there!!

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