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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 • 200 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.

    84 — Ian Nairn — 1/3 — Subtopia

    84 — Ian Nairn — 1/3 — Subtopia

    The first episode in our new series on the work of architectural critic Ian Nairn. In this first episode we discussed his breakout work for the Architectural Review, Outrage, which railed against 'subtopia', the suburban sprawl of concrete and fencing that Nairn saw ruining the British environment in the decades after World War 2. We also discussed his writings on America, his similarities to Jane Jacobs and his work on Nikolaus Pevsner's Buildings of England.

    Nairn has become something of a cult figure in recent years, with his uniquely irascible and sullen television style enjoying a successful afterlife on YouTube. In our next episode we'll be discussing his guide books: Nairn's London and Changing Towns, followed by a final episode on his TV work.

    This episode is sponsored by https://bluecrowmedia.com/, who produce beautiful architectural maps that show you all the architectural highlights of a city, including newly released maps of Modernism in Venice and Prague. Use the offer code aboutbuildings for 10% off your next purchase.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 55 min
    83 —Otto Wagner — 5/5 — Proto-Modernist

    83 —Otto Wagner — 5/5 — Proto-Modernist

    Our final episode on Otto Wagner considers his relationship to modernism, asking whether Wagner was a predecessor to modernism. We discussed his most modern building, the Österreichische Postsparkasse or Austrian Postal Savings Bank, like so much in Vienna at this time, a coming together of the old world and the new.

    Our next series on Ian Nairn will start very soon!

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    82 — Otto Wagner — 4/5 — Secession

    82 — Otto Wagner — 4/5 — Secession

    In the penultimate episode in our series on Otto Wagner, we discussed Wagner's most famous projects, the art nouveau works produced at the height of the Vienna Secession. We talked about the Majolikahaus, other art nouveau apartment blocks, the Karlsplatz stadtbahn station and his transcendent Kirche am Steinhof designed for a psychiatric hospital with Wagner also masterplanned.

    There's one more episode to come on Otto Wagner, where we will discuss his relationship to modernism! Our next series on the British architectural critic Ian Nairn will start in June.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr
    *Preview* — 81.5 — Klimt

    *Preview* — 81.5 — Klimt

    This is a preview of our latest bonus episode on Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession, get access to the full episode on our Patreon.

    In this episode we discussed the work of the Vienna Secession beyond Otto Wagner, particularly the artist Gustav Klimt. The Secession were a group of radical artists who were central to establishing the Art Nouveau in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Klimt's paintings, with their flattened perspectives, hallucinatory colours and heroin-chic female nudes made him famous, however increasingly prominent commissions led to his style coming into conflict with the dominant hierarchies of taste within the Empire.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 6 min
    81 — Otto Wagner — 3/5 — On the Stadtbahn

    81 — Otto Wagner — 3/5 — On the Stadtbahn

    In this episode, we talked about the middle stage of Otto Wagner's career, primarily his work on the infrastructure of the city of Vienna. Visit our instagram and Twitter for pictures of the dams, railway stations and bridges that shaped Viennese modernity and provided the infrastructure for this rapidly growing city.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    80 — Otto Wagner — 2/5 — The Style Question

    80 — Otto Wagner — 2/5 — The Style Question

    In our second episode on Otto Wagner, we discussed a couple of Wagner's early buildings, specifically the Landerbank in Vienna and the Rumbach Street Synagogue in Budapest. Both are tantalising glimpses of the themes that would dominate his later, most famous works.

    We then discussed the architectural theory that was being produced in vast quantities in the German-speaking lands of the 19th century, specifically how they addressed the question of architectural style, posing the question 'In what style should we build?' These authors, such as Gottfried Semper, Heinrich Hübsch and Carl Gottlieb Wilhelm Bötticher offered complex justifications for different architectural styles, grounded in stories about history, structural logic, skeuomorphs and culture.

    Otto Wagner plunged headlong into this debate with his 1896 book, Modern Architecture: A Guidebook for His Students to this Field of Art, which offered his own view on the answer to the style question, and prefigured many of the arguments and ideas touted by the modern movement in the 20th century.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

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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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A rich expansion

Great research and analysis. well informed criticism. History and theory unspoiled by the excessive credulity found in most architectural education and media. Very stimulating.

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Comments from Minnesota

I’m an architect by training and can’t get enough of this show. The visual details and history conveyed in every episode is phenomenal- not to mention George and Luke’s witty commentary. Highly recommend!

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