30 episodes

Failed Architecture is a podcast on architecture and the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, we seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. FA challenges dominant spatial fashions and explores alternative realities, reaching far beyond the architectural community. We combine personal stories with research and reflection, always remaining committed to the idea that architecture is about social justice and climate justice, pop culture and subculture, representation and imagination, and everything that happens after the building’s been built.

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Failed Architecture is a podcast on architecture and the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, we seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. FA challenges dominant spatial fashions and explores alternative realities, reaching far beyond the architectural community. We combine personal stories with research and reflection, always remaining committed to the idea that architecture is about social justice and climate justice, pop culture and subculture, representation and imagination, and everything that happens after the building’s been built.

    Stop Building Prisons w/ Sashi, Maggie, Avalon, and christin

    Stop Building Prisons w/ Sashi, Maggie, Avalon, and christin

    For Breezeblock #30, editor christin hu chats with community organizers Maggie Luna, Avalon Betts-Gaston, and Sashi James about their recent action at HDR (Henningson, Durham, Richardson), one of the largest architecture firms in the world that has designed hundreds of prisons, and reasons why architects should refuse to take part in the building of prisons and what they can do instead.

    On June 24, The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Families for Justice as Healing, Lioness: Justice Impacted Women’s Alliance, Design as Protest, Texas Statewide Leadership Council, and Illinois Alliance for Reentry & Justice organized an action outside of HDR’s office in Chicago (same day as the AIA conference) demanding that this international Architecture, Engineering, and Planning firm stop designing prisons (they have designed over 275). This marks just one of many actions inviting HDR to work with (rather than against) communities over the past years.

    Read the full statement of demands at bit.ly/HDRNoNewPrisons and original letter to HDR here. Edited transcription below:

     

    christin (CH): Hello and welcome to Failed Architecture Breezeblocks, where our editors share their thoughts on works in progress, urgent matters and current happenings in architecture and spatial politics. My name is christin hu and I’m an editor on Failed Architecture’s New York City team, and I’m here with Maggie Luna, Avalon Betts-Gaston and Sashi James, who have been organizing against the building of prisons.

     

    Maggie (ML): Hi, I’m Maggie Luna. I am in Texas. I work with the Statewide Leadership Council. I am a community outreach coordinator and lead organizer for formerly incarcerated people and advocates in Texas.

     

    Avalon (AB): Hi, thanks for having me. My name is Avalon Betts-Gaston. I am the project manager for the Illinois alliance for reentry injustice, obviously, we’re out of Illinois. We’re a coalition of directly impacted people, service providers, stakeholders and allies all united to remaking the criminal legal system. Thanks for having me.

     

    Sashi (SJ): Hi, I’m Sashi James, and I’m in Families for Justice as Healing, and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. I am a daughter of formerly incarcerated parents, and I’m the Reimagining Communities director based in Massachusetts, but I’m from New York. And I’m really excited to be here. Thank you for giving us this platform.

     

    CH: Awesome. Just to kind of kick off our conversation give an intro to the folks who are listening in… On June 24, The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Families for Justice as Healing, Lioness: Justice Impacted Women’s Alliance, Design As Protest, Statewide Leadership Council, and Illinois Alliance for Reentry and Justice organized an action outside of HDR’s office in Chicago, which was the same day as the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Conference. They were demanding that this international architecture, engineering and planning firm, stop designing prisons, of which they’ve designed over 275. So just to kind of kick off our questions here, and I’ll

    • 26 min
    On Discomfort: Episode 2 w/ René, Juana, María Victoria and María

    On Discomfort: Episode 2 w/ René, Juana, María Victoria and María

    For Breezeblock #29, editors María Victoria Londoño-Becerra, Juana Salcedo, and María Mazzanti discuss with FA editor René Boer his upcoming book: The Smooth City*.Framed in the conversations around discomfort and space*, the editors talk about how the homogenization of urban environments and the mechanisms that maintain the smoothness of the contemporary city remove the possibility for non-normative subjects to inhabit it.   The conversation unfolds around topics of whiteness, public space, queerness and how to live together.

    *Link to the text mentioned in the conversation.

    **Link to the first episode of “On Discomfort.”

     

     

    • 26 min
    On Discomfort: Episode 1 w/ Juana, Maria Victoria and María

    On Discomfort: Episode 1 w/ Juana, Maria Victoria and María

    In Breezeblock #28, editors María Victoria Londoño-Becerra, Juana Salcedo and María Mazzanti introduce a new series of Brezeblocks about the concepts of comfort and discomfort and how they are entangled with dynamics of power and the production of space. Departing from Sarah Ahmed’s concepts, the editors discuss how the idea of discomfort is a productive place to delve into spatial politics and architecture. Stay tuned for the next episode of “On Discomfort” where we talk with editor René Boer about the Smooth City.

    • 13 min
    Huellas de Desaparición w/ Manuel Correa (Forensic Architecture)

    Huellas de Desaparición w/ Manuel Correa (Forensic Architecture)

    Para el segundo episodio de FA Breezeblocks en español la editora María Mazzanti habló con Manuel Correa, artista Colombiano que hace parte del equipo de Forensic Architecture. En el podcast Manuel y María discuten sobre la exposición Huellas de desaparición. Los casos de Urabá, Palacio de Justicia y territorio Nukak, que se presenta en el Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU) y que explora aspectos específicos de la desaparición en la historia del conflicto armado colombiano, utilizando herramientas de análisis espacial, de datos e imágenes aéreas y satelitales. La exposición es el resultado de la colaboración entre la Comisión de la Verdad de Colombia y la agencia internacional de investigación Forensic Architecture. 

    • 15 min
    #15 Design Justice w/ Quilian Riano

    #15 Design Justice w/ Quilian Riano

    On June 8th 2020, architecture and design organisations joined countless others to mark their alignment with the Black Lives Matter protest movement by responding to the hashtag BlackoutTuesday with a black square. For the most part, their anti-racist commitment started and ended there. At the same time, however, the initial meetings of Design As Protest and Dark Matter University began. In their words, “DAP is a collective of designers mobilizing strategy to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as tools of oppression”. Emerging from DAP’s demand to create anti-racist models of design education, Dark Matter University is “an anti-racist design justice school,” which has since its establishment in early July 2020 independently expanded its network and mission to “radically transform education and practice toward a just future” from both inside and outside of academia. 

    For this episode, we talk with DAP and Dark Matter core member Quilian Riano about design justice. We address the response of architecture and design organisations to the Black Lives Matter movement (also addressed in DAP’s Anti-Racism Design Justice Index and a list of Blackout Tuesday responses compiled by FA in association with Migrants Bureau). We also discuss the importance of centring people, neighbourhoods and communities in the design process, as well as the role of design as a tool of displacement and, conversely, for re-imagining a just and liberated future. We then move on to evaluate the potential of community wealth-building, collective ownership and other alternative economic models, as well as workplace organising within the architecture and design professions.

    – Quilian Riano is an architectural and urban designer, researcher, writer, educator, founder of DSGN AGNC, Assistant Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture, and until earlier this year he was Associate Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He’s also a board member of the Architecture Lobby, and a core member of Design as Protest and Dark Matter University.

    This episode was directed by Charlie Clemoes.

    REFERENCES

    Design as Protest National Call event (which this episode’s original release was timed to coincide with)

    Article from Black Females in Architecture, Design as Protest, Failed Architecture, Migrants Bureau announcing the list: “Let’s Remind Architecture and Design Organisations of Their Support for Black Lives Matter”

    • 1 hr
    Stories on Earth: Rhino: An Alternative Story w/ Anna Maria Fink & Mizt aan de Maas

    Stories on Earth: Rhino: An Alternative Story w/ Anna Maria Fink & Mizt aan de Maas

    We’ve reached the final instalment of interviews with the participants of the Stories on Earth project, an experiment that brings together spatial designers and writers to devise new spatial narratives that accommodate the inherent interrelationship between humans and the non-human. Together, these artists have crafted three stories that open up the possibility of imagining radically different worldviews, challenging society’s prevailing belief in a separation between humans and everything else.

    In this interview, FA editor Eda Hisarlıoğlu talks with two of the landscape and book designer Anna Maria Fink and writer Mizt aan de Maas. Their contribution to the project, “Rhino. An Alternative Story”, is based on their work on the zoological garden. Among other things, Mizt and Anna discuss  the various inspirations for their dystopian story (for Mizt, dystopias like that found in the film Twelve Monkeys, and for Anna the timeline of the Rhino’s contact with Europe, from ancient history to the more recent past). They also reflect on their decision to make a book, and Anna’s  playful insertion of Rhino cutouts into the urban landscape during lockdown.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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ThomasPewter ,

Perfect podcast for narratives about architecture

Great podcast! After listing to the first episode on datacentres, I was totally convinced that a podcast (verbal form) about such a visual field as architecture makes total sense. Looking forward to the commning episodes!

Nauta jan ,

Worth every second of your time

Dedicated, critical and refreshing. No getting around this one for any self respecting spatial practitioner.

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