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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.

    99 — Philip K. Dick's Ubik — Gnostic Paranoia

    99 — Philip K. Dick's Ubik — Gnostic Paranoia

    In this episode we discussed 'Ubik' (1969) by Philip K. Dick, a piece of iconic science-fiction set in a world of psychic corporate espionage and dead relatives suspended in perpetual "halflife". Throughout the novel Gnostic and Platonic philosophy exude through perpetually inventive interpretations of advertising culture, psychotic mental states and satire of domestic mod cons. We talked about Dick's fixation on material culture as it appears in his other stories 'The Man in the High Castle' (1962) and 'Pay for the Printer' (1956).

    Join us for an About Buildings and Cities Social this Saturday 3rd December from 5pm–late at The Kings Arms pub in Bethnal Green London.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    98 — The Primitive Hut — The Design of the First Building

    98 — The Primitive Hut — The Design of the First Building

    In this episode we discussed the idea of 'The Primitive Hut' in 18th and 19th century architectural theory. A vision of the first building was used by texts dating back to Vitruvius to imagine architecture's origins. We started with Marc-Antoine Laugier, author of Essai sur l'architecture (1753), which used the image of the Primitive Hut to call for a return to austere and structurally declarative classicism after the excesses of the baroque. We also discussed the idea of the Primitive Hut in the work of Viollet-le-Duc, who was influenced by ethnographic racism and eugenics in his depiction of the origin of architecture. We strongly recommend Joseph Rykwert's book On Adam's House in Paradise: The Idea of the Primitive Hut in Architectural History for an even more in-depth commentary on this subject.

    You can watch this episode on YouTube to see the images

    Nature soundscape from: https://www.edinburghrecords.com/free-sound-effects/

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    97 — Richard Rogers' Reith Lecture — Cities for a Small Planet

    97 — Richard Rogers' Reith Lecture — Cities for a Small Planet

    In this one-off episode we discussed the late Richard Rogers, particularly his Reith Lectures, given for the BBC in the mid-90s on the subject of the 'Sustainable City'. We compare and contrast his rhetoric and his design work, try to decipher his vision for the future of the city, and think about the ways in which architectural culture has and hasn't changed in the intervening decades.

    You can listen to the Reith lectures here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p00gxnzz

    This is a one-off episode, our first in a little while! Next we'll be talking about the 'Primitive Hut' as voted for by our Patreon subscribers.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    96 — Andrea Palladio 6 — Venetian Churches

    96 — Andrea Palladio 6 — Venetian Churches

    In the final episode of our series on Palladio we discussed four of his great church designs:


    The facade of San Francesco della Vigna
    The monastery church of San Giorgio Maggiore
    Il Redentore
    Tempietto Barbaro, at Maser

    For the images accompanying this episode, check out the video version on Youtube.

    We hope you have enjoyed this series! Let us know what you'd like to see us discuss next

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    95 — Andrea Palladio 5 — Quattro Libri

    95 — Andrea Palladio 5 — Quattro Libri

    Andrea Palladio's Quattro Libri is one of the most influential and important architectural books ever published. We discuss the four books of architecture, covering everything from masonry construction to proportional principles to the temples of ancient Rome.

    To see the images as we discuss them, why not watch this episode on YouTube?

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    94 — Andrea Palladio 4 — Civic Buildings

    94 — Andrea Palladio 4 — Civic Buildings

    Some of Andrea Palladio's most powerful and enduring work was carried out for his home city of Vicenza. We discuss some of his civic projects, and his extraordinary unrealised design for the Rialto Bridge in Venice

    You can find the images on YouTube

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 8 min

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