The Second Studio is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by Architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, the show covers a wide array of subjects with humor and honesty and features a variety of creative professionals in unscripted and more personal conversations.
#222 - After Hours: Marketing, Ulterior Motives, Architectural Trends and "Rules"
This week David and Marina discuss ulterior motives in online comments, the value of marketing agencies, architectural trends (28:20), wayfinding in design, housing that doesn't look like housing, vertigo in towers, pushing the boundaries of architecture, recreating architectural styles, and questions for Marina. Enjoy!
#221 - Guide to Virtual Reality for Architects with Alessio Grancini, Prototype Engineer at Magic Leap
This week David and Marina are joined by Alessio Grancini, Prototype Engineer at Magic Leap and former Head of XR at Morphosis to discuss how VR can be used in architecture offices, covering terminology, software, workflows, costs, learning curves, using VR in the design process and for client presentations, different headsets, controls, different types of rendering, the social implications of VR, and how he transitioned from architecture to the technology space. Enjoy!
#220 - After Hours: The Architecture of Amazon's HQ2
This week David and Marina discuss Amazon's HQ2, sculptural metaphors in architecture, iconic architecture, legibility of buildings, sustainability trends, the Vessel in NYC, design constraints, why happiness is overrated, and more. Enjoy!
Also come to our free MADCon architecture conference event this Saturday at 10am PST! Link in the episode description.
#219 - Craig Dykers, Co-Founder of Snøhetta on Architecture, Segregation, and His Design Philosophy
This week David and Marina are joined by Craig Dykers, Co-Founder of Snøhetta, to discuss how architecture can cause both segregation and innovation in offices and in the U.S. Capitol; having meaningful dialogue with non-architects; the messiness of life; creating beautiful architecture that aids the larger society; the struggle for equality; a brief history of the contemporary profession of architecture and its current state; relying on theory in architecture; and more. Enjoy!
#218 - Can a Software Engineer Become an Architect? Tech, Knowledge, and the Profession of Architecture
This week David and Marina answer a listener who asks how they can transition to architecture from their current profession of software development. The two discuss the future of the profession and the use of new digital technologies, getting 'pigeonholed' in the profession of architecture, learning design, the stigma around the title 'engineer', engaging in creative and more artistic endeavors, hand-generated versus computer-generated images, and more. Enjoy!
#217 - Alex Proba, Multi-Disciplinary Designer and Creative Director
This week David and Marina are joined by Alex Proba, Multi-Disciplinary Designer and Creative Director of Studio Proba to discuss her design process, finding her own style, the limitation and possibilities of a design style, blurring 2D and 3D works, spatial design, and much more. Enjoy!
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Responsive, refreshing, reflective
A wonderfully candid commentary on the practice, philosophy, and pedagogy of architecture, striking just the right balance between depth and humour. The clear passion and experience of the hosts makes an excellent platform for thoughtful discussion, grounded advice, and engaging interviews with a broad range of highly accomplished guests. Great listening for anyone with an interest in architecture, even for those outside of the profession.