94 episodes

Join Sean Lally in conversation about architecture’s future, as both earth’s environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Each individual’s work intersects this core topic, but from unique angles. Lally is the author of the book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.
www.seanlally.net

Night White Skies Sean Lally

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    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

Join Sean Lally in conversation about architecture’s future, as both earth’s environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Each individual’s work intersects this core topic, but from unique angles. Lally is the author of the book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.
www.seanlally.net

    094 _ Sheila Jasanoff _ ‘Ethics of Invention’

    094 _ Sheila Jasanoff _ ‘Ethics of Invention’

    Today is a conversation with Sheila Jasanoff about her book ‘The Ethics of Invention’ and her research and work as the Director of the STS (Science and Technology Studies) at Harvard. 
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.seanlally.net
    Thanks to Richard Devine for Sample permission:
     

    • 51 min
    093 _ Adam Frank _’Alien Anthropocenes’

    093 _ Adam Frank _’Alien Anthropocenes’

    My conversation this week is with Astrophysicist Adam Frank is a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun, and his computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. Today we’re discussing his book, ‘Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth’. 
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.seanlally.net
    Thanks to Richard Devine for Sample permission:
     

    • 48 min
    092 _ Chris Forman and Claire Asher _ 'Brave Green World'

    092 _ Chris Forman and Claire Asher _ 'Brave Green World'

    Chris Forman is a physicist with a PhD in protein engineering, conducting research at Northwestern University into the organization of soft matter using experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches. Claire Asher is a biologist with a PhD in evolution and genetics, specializing in the behavior of ants. A widely published science writer, she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Bloomsbury Theatre and appeared on BBC 4 and BBC Radio 4.
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.seanlally.net
    Thanks to Richard Devine for Sample permission:
     

    • 50 min
    091 _ Henry T. Greely _ ‘CRISPR People’

    091 _ Henry T. Greely _ ‘CRISPR People’

    Henry Greely is Professor of Law at Stanford University and Professor by courtesy of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences; Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society; and Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics.
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.seanlally.net
    Thanks to Richard Devine for Sample permission:
     

    • 50 min
    090 _ Emanuele Coccia _ ‘The Life of Plants’

    090 _ Emanuele Coccia _ ‘The Life of Plants’

    Emanuele Coccia is an Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He received his PhD in Florence and was formerly an Assistant Professor of History of Philosophy in Freiburg, Germany. He worked on the history of European normativity and on aesthetics.
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.SeanLally.net
    Substack
    Instagram
    Thanks to Richard Devine for sample permission.

    • 53 min
    089 _ Sherryl Vint _ ’Science Fiction’

    089 _ Sherryl Vint _ ’Science Fiction’

    Today is a conversation about science fiction with Sherryl Vint. Sherryl is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she directs the Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science program.
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    Night White Skies is a program about our design futures as both the environment and our human bodies are now open for design.
    www.SeanLally.net
    Substack
    Instagram
    Thanks to Richard Devine for the use of several sample permission.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

mttah ,

Diversified range of speakers

I particularly enjoy listening to the episodes of Night White Skies because each of these episodes present me an opportunity to think and explore in an innovative way. Last night I was listening to the episode 'Geostories' from Rania and El Hadi- it was fascinating to hear how their practice is working on revising the existing canons of urban design and urban planning by pushing the boundary of architect's responsibilities towards the Earth and its resources. I find Design Earth's drawings to be very thought-provoking, and I wished if this podcast could cover more discussions about their drawing media and initial thoughts behind their creation. But overall, this podcast is a great initiative towards highlighting transdisciplinary perspectives to ongoing architectural discourses.

Erin_585 ,

How Emotions Are Made

I really enjoyed hearing about how interactions as a child form connections in the brain that inform how you behave and feel as an adult; it reminded me of the concept nature vs nature.

Ldedrick ,

Night white skies episode 065

What makes Night white Skies so intriguing for me is its ability to emphasize just how far reaching and interdisciplinary the field of architecture really is. In this specific episode, episode 065, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett was interviewed about her research into facial responses and emotion. The entire episode is a discussion between Sean Lally, the host, and Dr Feldman. The implications of Dr Feldmans research, how facial response is not like a fingerprint rather it's a dynamic response amongst all individuals and the response can have different emotional implications, on how we experience the built environment is rather profound. This podcast itself is rather sterile however, which to me is sometimes a positive. Besides the intro and conclusion there is no “fluff” in terms of audio effects. However, due to the interdisciplinary reach, this is an episode that would be found interesting to those in a variety of professions.

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