30 episodes

Building Sounds is your go-to podcast for monthly conversations with trailblazers from across London’s built environment.

Through conversations with figures from across the city, we’ll reveal the fascinating stories behind our city’s buildings and architectural projects, forgotten histories and the spaces in between.

Building Sounds is run by the London Festival of Architecture team, who are passionate about improving accessibility in London’s public realm so that we can create a more inclusive city for all.

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Building Sounds is your go-to podcast for monthly conversations with trailblazers from across London’s built environment.

Through conversations with figures from across the city, we’ll reveal the fascinating stories behind our city’s buildings and architectural projects, forgotten histories and the spaces in between.

Building Sounds is run by the London Festival of Architecture team, who are passionate about improving accessibility in London’s public realm so that we can create a more inclusive city for all.

    Shaping communities through photography and design, with Damla Turgut and Gareth Gardner

    Shaping communities through photography and design, with Damla Turgut and Gareth Gardner

    We each have a unique relationship to London that depends on where we live, work and play. In this episode, we explore how our relationship to the city - from the chaotic to the classic - is shaped by photography and design, and the importance of collaboration across communities.

    Host Eliza is joined by Damla Turgut (Founder, Otto Tiles) and Gareth Gardner (Photographer and Gallerist) to talk all things photography and design, and how the practices both mirror and mould our relationship to the built environment.

    Otto Tiles and Gareth Gardner Gallery are collaborating on a series of workshops and exhibitions taking place in June, during the London Festival of Architecture. Head to the LFA website to sign up or find out more.

    To explore Damla's work and browse products, you can visit the Otto Tiles website. And for more information on Gareth Gardner's Deptford Gallery and ongoing exhibitions, head to the site now.

     

    This episode was edited and produced by Katya Spiers. You can download the transcript here.

    Image © Gareth Gardner

     



     

    Timestamps for this episode:

    0:09 - relationship to design, photography and collaboration

    07:08 - evolution of design trends across industries

    16:24 - shared perspectives and the importance of dialogues

    27:50 - exciting opportunities to get involved

    • 28 min
    Crafting sustainable and liveable spaces in Fitzrovia with Elliott Wood and Make Architects

    Crafting sustainable and liveable spaces in Fitzrovia with Elliott Wood and Make Architects

    This month, we're joined by Elliott Wood Director Andy Downey and Make Architects Founder Ken Shuttleworth to explore Fitzrovia's unique history as a hub for architects, engineers and designers.

    From the iconic BT Tower to the hidden cobbled lanes, join host Eliza Grosvenor to learn about the area's workshop origins, and investigate the unique collaborative atmosphere that's constantly innovating Fitzrovia. Ken and Andy offer insights into their roles in reshaping this area while balancing the urgency of sustainable development and fostering the essence of community that makes Fitzrovia buzz with creativity.

    To download the ETHICS Manifesto and find out more about Elliott Wood, head to their website.

    To learn about Make Architects and explore current projects, keep up online.

    To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website here. Have a question for the podcast? Email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org or call 020 7636 4044.

    This episode was edited and produced by Katya Spiers. You can download the transcript here.

    Image: Great Titchfield Street Party © LFA and Woods Bagot



    Timestamps for this episode:

    00:09 - Introductions and quick-fire questions
    12:36 - Collaboration and community in Fitzrovia
    18:20 - Urban development and design
    24:08 - Sustainable urban planning and design

    • 33 min
    What is placemaking? With Ruchi Chakravarty and Federico Ortiz

    What is placemaking? With Ruchi Chakravarty and Federico Ortiz

    When we talk about public spaces, we often throw around the word 'placemaking' without considering what the term really means.

    In this conversation, host Eliza Grosvenor is joined by Ruchi Chakravarty (Urban Designer, Masterplanner, Architect and Placemaker) and Federico Ortiz (Head of Content, NLA) to talk all things placemaking, and unpack the meaning of the word.

    To stay up-to-date with Ruchi's projects, you can follow her on LinkedIn.

    To keep in the loop with all upcoming NLA events and research, head to the website. You can download the New London Agenda here, and contribute to our Public London research here.

    To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website here. Have a question for the podcast? Email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org or call 020 7636 4044.

    This episode was edited and produced by Katya Spiers. You can download the transcript here.



    Timestamps for this episode:

    1:03 Ruchi's relationship with the built environment

    2:50 Quick-fire questions

    4:20 Unpacking LFA theme 'Reimagine'

    5:50 Defining 'placemaking'

    11:01 Gillet Square, Dalston

    15:30 Meanwhile projects and Harrow Road

    18:37 Challenges of placemaking

    21:45 Key pillars of placemaking

    25:14 The New London Agenda with Federico

    27:49 How to use the Agenda and upcoming NLA Research

    32:34 Public London

    33:57 What does the future of placemaking look like?

    37:21 A challenge to LFA organisers

    39:53 What would you reimagine?

     

    • 46 min
    Can an architecture festival have a real impact on the city? A conversation with Peter Murray and Moira Lascelles

    Can an architecture festival have a real impact on the city? A conversation with Peter Murray and Moira Lascelles

    When the Festival was founded in 2004, Peter Murray had no idea of the legacy that the London Festival of Architecture would go on to have. In this episode, Building Sounds host Eliza Grosvenor sits down with two key people from the Festival's history to talk all things impact, 20th-anniversary, and uncover some intriguing stories from the early days.

    Eliza is joined by Peter Murray OBE (Co-Founder, NLA and Founder, LFA) and Moira Lascelles (Executive Director and Head of Partnerships, UP Projects) to explore the LFA2024 theme of 'reimagine' and to explore the role that an architecture festival can play in shaping the city. From jelly building to sheep herding, Peter and Moira dive into some of the iconic projects that have shaped the LFA over the past 20 years.

    To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website here. Have a question for the podcast? Email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org or call 020 7636 4044.

     



    Timestamps for this episode:

    01:30 Introductions

    02:25 Quick-fire questions

    04:45 Thoughts on 'Reimagine'

    08:50 The beginnings of the LFA, or 'Clerkenwell Architecture Biennale'

    14:55 Millennium Bridge Sheep Drive

    16:25 Early days with NLA

    19:35 Stand-out projects from the Festival's history

    23:30 Importance of supporting emerging designers, students and international practices

    25:48 Challenges over the years

    28:59 Advice for LFA2024 organisers

    30:47 Closing questions

     

    This episode was produced and edited by Katya Spiers. You can find a transcript of the conversation using the link below:

    Download the transcript here

    • 39 min
    Designing tomorrow’s workplaces: A conversation with Zaha Hadid Architects

    Designing tomorrow’s workplaces: A conversation with Zaha Hadid Architects

    With shifting priorities post-pandemic and the transition to hybrid working, office occupancy is at an all-time low. What does the future of work look like, and how can we 'reimagine' workspaces that reflect our changing needs and minimise our impact on the planet?

    In this episode, we are joined by Gerhild Orthacker (Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects) and Uli Blum (Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects) to explore the LFA2024 theme of 'reimagine' and to share with us the way that working patterns are shifting, and what the practice is doing to provide a workspace that meets the needs of their workforce.

    The Alis Meeting Pod, mentioned in the conversation, is on display at Zaha Hadid Architects London Gallery until January 2024. More information on the practice, visiting, and Gerhild and Uli's work can be found on the ZHA website here.

    To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website here. Have a question for the podcast? Email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org or call 020 7636 4044.

     

    Thanks to Zaha Hadid Architects for hosting Building Sounds for this recording.



    Timestamps for this episode:

    00:00 Introductions

    02:04 Quick-fire questions

    04:41 Intro to Alis Meeting Pods

    07:52 Multi-functional design and adapting for the future

    10:04 Working internationally and changes to ways of working post-pandemic

    14:22 Lessons learnt and the future of workplace design

    17:30 Working with clients and external projects

    20:33 The role of AI in the design process

    26:28 Final comments and where to find out more

     

    This episode was produced and edited by Katya Spiers. You can find a transcript of the conversation using the link below:

    Download the transcript here

     

    Episode image: Luke Hayes

    • 29 min
    Accessible to who? Exploring built environment equity with Re-Fabricate and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project

    Accessible to who? Exploring built environment equity with Re-Fabricate and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project

    What if the built environment was designed with inclusion in mind, taking into account diverse access needs?

    In this episode of Building Sounds, we speak with some of the individuals who are actively working towards transforming this vision into a reality - Jos Boys, Poppy Levison (DisOrdinary Architecture Project), and Roseanne Scott (Re-Fabricate).

    We explore the legacy of Seats at the Table, one of the key built projects from LFA2023 consisting of a series of accessible seating and public realm interventions in the City of London by Re-Fabricate and the DisOrdinary Architecture Project, as well as the brilliant work that has followed the project.

    More information on Re-Fabricate can be found on their website, and for the DisOrdinary Architecture Project, you can learn more using this link.

    The launch of the mentioned 'Many more Parts than M!' compendium will take place on Tuesday 23rd Manchester at Manchester School of Architecture and on Thursday 8th February in London at the RIBA. Head to the team's websites for more information.

    To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website. Have a question for the podcast? Email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org.

    Finally, a big shout out to RSBC's Life Without Limits Centre for hosting us for this conversation, to listen to our conversation with the charity and EPR Architects about the centre, you can do so here.

     



    Timestamps for this episode:

    00:10 - Introductions and quick-fire round

    07:05 - Seats at the Table project overview and design process

    15:30 - Learnings from the project

    20:50 - What's been happening post June

    26:30 - 'Many more Parts than M!' compendium

    28:59 - Changes needed in the industry and design

    31:27 - What is Spoon Theory?

    35:00 - The importance of accessible design for all

    39:42 - Challenges for LFA2024 organisers

    46:30 - One thing that the team would like to 'reimagine'

    56:20 - Social media links and closing comments

     

    This episode was produced and edited by Katya Spiers. You can find a transcript of the conversation using the link below:

    Download the transcript

     

    If you'd like to listen to our podcast on the RSBC's Life Without Limits Centre, you can do so here.

     

    Episode image: Seats at the Table intervention in Postman's Park © Luke O'Donovan

    • 59 min

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