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We are interested in what it takes to make thoughtful work in architecture today.
In this podcast we speak with practitioners, planners, developers and others who visit our school about their motivations and methodologies.

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We are interested in what it takes to make thoughtful work in architecture today.
In this podcast we speak with practitioners, planners, developers and others who visit our school about their motivations and methodologies.

    REGISTER - NICHOLAS OLSBERG

    REGISTER - NICHOLAS OLSBERG

    In this episode Laura Evans and Matt Wells talk with the Historian and curator Nicholas Olsberg.

    Nicholas is a former director of the Canadian Centre of Architecture, and is a prolific writer. He has curated many exhibitions about architects and architecture and in this conversation shares his views about the role of the curator in this context. In particular he speaks about the need to make exhibitions which present those visiting with vivid moments of engagement with the subject - a particular challenge in architecture when by necessity only an alibi for the subject the visitor will be engaging with.


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    Credits:
    Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
    Interviewer: Laura Evans / Matt Wells
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 1 hr 11 min
    REGISTER - ALBA DI LIETO & WILLIAM WHITAKER

    REGISTER - ALBA DI LIETO & WILLIAM WHITAKER

    In this episode Mary Vaughan Johnson and Federica Goffi Interview Alba di Lieto and William Whitaker

    Mary is the head of our Department of Architecture and Landcape here in Kingston, while Federica is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the PhD and MAS Program at Carleton University.

    Last Summer Mary and Federica hosted the Frascari Symposium at Kingston, and it was at this event this podcast was recorded.
    In it Mary and Federica interview Alba diLieto and William Whitaker.
    Alba is curator of the archive Carlo Scarpa at the Directorate Civic Art Museums and Monuments of Verona. William Whitaker is the curator and collections manager of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.

    In this conversation Alba and William speak of the nature of their archives, of their inception, management and growth. They also speak eloquently about the nature of these archives as repositories of thinking, offering profound insights into our discipline.


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    Credits:
    Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
    Interviewer: Mary Vaughan Johnson / Federica Goffi
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 1 hr 11 min
    REGISTER - 3144

    REGISTER - 3144

    In this podcast Laura Evans and Matt Wells interview William Burgess and Stephen Davies of 31/44

    In the intro I mention our new books project. If you want to support us by pre-ordering copies of our first books please visit the crowdfunding site here https://kubacker.hubbub.net/p/REGISTER-Conversations/

    Will is well known to us in Kingston as a studio tutor in third year, where he runs a unit with Kate Micklin also of 31/44.
    The work of the unit is a good way to understand some of the interests of 31/44 as a practice. There is a careful approach to understanding and researching context, and using this to inform their projects. This contextual read is not one grounded in a literal formal or material transposition, but in a sensibility which allows contextual work stand in sympathy both with its own time, and the histories of the sites they work on.
    As such their works are to an extent a distillation and a refinement of particular observations, a retelling of a story of how the city has been made.

    https://www.3144architects.com


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    Credits:
    Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
    Interviewer: Laura Evans / Matt Wells
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 1 hr 27 min
    REGISTER - ODONNELL + TUOMEY

    REGISTER - ODONNELL + TUOMEY

    In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews Shiela O'Donnell and John Tuomey of O'Donnell and Tuomey.

    John and Shiela are as much educators as architects, and this conversation roves freely between conversations about schools, and their own work in practice. It is clear that these two worlds are interconnected and interreliant in a profound way in their lives.
    The work in both places has overlaps - not least a concern with close reading of site and context, and an investment in drawing out what the ‘utter’ aspect of a project might be through conversation and drawing.

    We talk through their recent retirement from UCD - the school they were taught in and in turn taught into for most of their lives, and how this might mark a new chapter on a number of levels. We also hear what it was like working for Stirling, the humanity of the man, and his insistence on the value of ‘the act itself’ of being an architect.

    We do hope you enjoy the conversation.

    http://odonnell-tuomey.ie

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    Credits:
    Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
    Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 1 hr 12 min
    REGISTER - ALVARO SIZA (EPISODE 1)

    REGISTER - ALVARO SIZA (EPISODE 1)

    In this episode Bruno Silvestre interviews his compatriot Alvaro Siza.

    First off an apology - the sound is not as we would like it. Circumstances dictated that the interview had to be recorded in a hotel lobby, and the backgrounders noise is quite distracting - but we felt it was useful to put out anyway.

    Bruno is working with Siza on a project here in the UK, and grabbed this time during Sizas most recent visit. In this conversation they talk about practice, Sizes early frustrations with small projects, how current jobs interrelate in the office, and the value of Kenneth Frampton in highlighting work from around the world, including Portugal, which might otherwise have been overlooked.


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    Credits

    Register is the Reseach Group for the Departmetn of Architecture & landscape. This episode was made in collaboration with the students architecture society K.Arch

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Andrew Clancy
    Interviewer: Bruno Silvestre
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 43 min
    REGISTER - TAKA

    REGISTER - TAKA

    In this episode Andrew Clancy and Laura Evans interview Alice Casey and Can Deegan of TAKA Architects in Dublin.

    Over their 10 years of practice Alice and Cian have designed a series of remarkable buildings, which clearly illustrate the concerns of the office.
    Most obvious there is a recurrent engagement with context, making buildings which are grounded in the forms and materials of their physical situation. There is more at work than this - most intriguingly a continual engagement with the potentials for architecture to accrete meaning through its engagement as a protagonist in ritual and habit. Here they draw their references very widely, most particularly from a series of lengthy journeys they made in the first few years of their practice. Here we see a robust territorial architecture engaging with global conversations, making something new and yet of its place.

    www.taka.ie

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    Credits:
    Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

    Head of Department: Mary Johnson
    Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
    Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Phillips
    Interviewer: Andrew Clancy and Laura Evans
    Editor: Andrew Clancy
    Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

    • 1 hr 15 min

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