124 episodes

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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    • 4.8 • 160 Ratings

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.

    112 — John Soane 2 — Rustic / Classical

    112 — John Soane 2 — Rustic / Classical

    In episode 2 of our series on John Soane, we discussed the projects he worked on after returning from his Grand Tour of Italy, but before he got his career-defining job as surveyor to the Bank of England. These include several built and unbuilt schemes for country houses, a proposal for a pair of enormous prisons in strict geometrical manner, and several rural outbuildings in a rustic classicism that draw upon the founding myths of architecture.

    Images for this episode can be found on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/0dAc_Dh1BTk

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 57 min
    111 — John Soane 1 — 'Visions of Early Fancy'

    111 — John Soane 1 — 'Visions of Early Fancy'

    We're back!! In this first episode of our new series on John Soane (1753–1837) we discuss his origins: the child prodigy draughtsman, son of a bricklayer, apprentice of George Dance, winner of a studentship at the Royal Academy, and later with his Design for a Triumphal Bridge, winner of the Royal Academy and a travelling scholarship to Italy, enabling him to join the aristocratic young men of Britain on their Grand Tour. Over the rest of this series we will discuss is iconic works: the Bank of England and his house (Sir John Soane's Museum) alongside some of the deeper cuts.

    Watch this episode on YouTube for accompanying images: https://youtu.be/qtB_nERFaBA?si=1q5EdJEkQbsLBRxH

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    110 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 3/3

    110 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 3/3

    The final part of our series on 'Delirious New York'! We discussed the culture clash between European high modernism and Manhattanism. We also discussed the Appendix at the end of the book, a set of speculative, wry, ironic and beautiful visions of where next for the retroactive manifesto, featuring the work of Madelon Vriesendorp, Zoe Zenghelis, Elia Zenghelis and Richard Perlmutter.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Watch this episode with images: https://youtu.be/ouVLzj-292s

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 49 min
    109 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 2/3

    109 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 2/3

    In our second episode on Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York, we covered his discussion of three heroic skyscrapers of Manhattanism's golden age: The Empire State Building, The New York Athletic Club and The Rockefeller Centre. We also tried to further explain Koolhaas's unique way of thinking about history, and the particular emphases of his project.

    For images, follow along on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tmOfxCU3dvA

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 59 min
    108 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 1/3

    108 — Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York — 1/3

    In this episode, the first of a 3-parter, we began our discussion of 'Delirious New York' (1978) by Rem Koolhaas, a 'retroactive manifesto' for Manhattan. In this first part we discussed Rem's reputation, his style and his vision of the historical origins of the skyscraper and its formal qualities, a key part of the book's thesis. This takes us from the tabloid sensibilities of the Coney Island funfair to fraudulent 19thC building scams.

    You can watch along to see our slides on YouTube https://youtu.be/XSR2UFpjB-A

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Bonus Unlocked — 97.5 — Neom

    Bonus Unlocked — 97.5 — Neom

    This is an unlocked Patreon bonus episode from last year. To get access to all our bonus content and support the show, please subscribe for just £3 a month: https://www.patreon.com/about_buildings

    In this bonus episode we discussed Neom, the sci-fi project of the Saudi Arabian government to totally reshape the north-west of the country, including a 170km linear city in the desert. We talked a little bit about the history of linear cities from Leonidov to Superstudio, and reflected on what the point of these fantastical publicity projects might be.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 56 min

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