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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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    • 4.7 • 210 Ratings

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.

    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

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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?

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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

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    93 — Andrea Palladio 3 — Palladian Palazzi

    93 — Andrea Palladio 3 — Palladian Palazzi

    Though less wholly innovative than his villas, Andrea Palladio's palazzi for the nobility of Vicenza are still full of fascinating ideas, from the treatment of the facade, to the handling of difficult and strangely shaped sites. We discuss the Palazzos Thiene, Valmarana, Chiericati, Schio and Porto (x2). We also discuss their relation to roman villas and city houses, and their presentation in the Quatro Libri, or Four Books on Architecture.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    92 — Andrea Palladio 2 — Greatest Villas

    92 — Andrea Palladio 2 — Greatest Villas

    Andrea Palladio created a new style of classical domestic architecture in his villa designs in the 1540-60s. We talk about some of the big hits: - Villa Saraceno - Villa Barbaro - Villa Cornaro - Villa Foscari 'La Malcontenta' - Villa Capra 'La Rotonda'

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    91 — Andrea Palladio 1 — The Most Imitated Architect in History

    91 — Andrea Palladio 1 — The Most Imitated Architect in History

    We're starting a series exploring the work of Andrea Palladio. In his own time, Palladio was a prominent architect based in 16th century Vicenza. Subsequently he's become arguably one of the most influential architects of all history -- defining a style of classical architecture which became the house-style of elites around the world.

    The most characteristic works in his long career are villas -- country houses on "terra ferma" for the rich merchants of Vicenza and nearby Venice -- though he also carried out some major local works of civic and religious architecture, and wrote a number of books. In this episode we're starting off, exploring him, his time, and some of the earliest Villas, including the Villa Godi.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

brentdsmith1 ,

Heavily Researched and Entertaining

Excellent podcast that is a fun listen. The guys are wildly informed and exceptional in identifying aspects of architecture in which even a non-architect could be interested.

a lover of architecture ,

Review based on discussion of Christopher Alexander’s work

Let me preface my comments in disclosing that I am not an architect and it has been some years since I read “A Pattern Language.” I also do not identify as a hippie.

I agree with another reviewer that the commenters appear erudite and I’m sure they are competent within their profession.

I was put off by their examination of Christopher Alexander’s books. They seem to derive pleasure in deriding and sneering at Alexander’s ideas that were put forth in the sixties, instead of approaching the books with an open mind. Yes, perhaps some of Alexander’s humanistic ideas and actual work have not fared well in the intervening years—which might be said of many architects. This is not a reason to discount his and his colleagues’ ideas entirely.

What I got out of “A Pattern Language”—and I don’t believe I am alone—is that there are many ways in which people experience their environment and derive pleasure and joy. It is less about “rules” than identifing patterns that can be combined in many ways, not all at once, as some patterns lean towards more prospect and others are more refuge, for example. There are many patterns used in the design of my own house—I bought a house plan online that naturally incorporated patterns—not by rote, but as a well-designed house—and then modified the plan to suit my way of living and the building site.

While many ideas put forth come from vernacular and historic ways of building and living in communities, I don’t believe Alexander’s ideas are exclusive to only traditional architecture. I see his ideas in the beautiful and spiritual buildings of Tadao Ando, for example, as well, where light and space are considered. There is great modern architecture and mediocre examples as well. The pedestrian examples of modern buildings forget the human element and result in, for example, a big public space where no one lingers.

I was hoping for a more open-minded discussion of a variety of approaches to architecture—otherwise why bother?— instead of the smug and unfunny fare served up.

Death by snoo-snoo ,

Great stuff

As far as I know there are only two architecture podcasts worth listening to, and this is by far the better of the two.

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