A show about space and the consequences of our designs. Each episode features one author on a new book that offers critical ways of understanding the worlds we make. Transdisciplinary perspectives from across the arts, social sciences, and humanities every Tuesday. From Thinkbelt. Produced by David Huber.
Black Towns, Black Futures by Karla Slocum
Anthropologist Karla Slocum considers the under-recognized contemporary currency of historic Black towns in Oklahoma. Why, despite their small size and uncertain economies, do these places remain attractive?
Modern Architecture and Climate by Daniel Barber
Managing adverse climatic conditions was a significant part of the project of architectural modernism before the proliferation of air conditioning. Daniel Barber traces the conceptualization of the normative thermal interior space—and highlights the rich history of alternative models.
Feminist City by Leslie Kern
Women have been drawn to city life for centuries, despite the persistent tensions, freedom and fear, empowerment and struggle. Geographer Leslie Kern takes an intersectional approach to urban inequality and urges us to change the perspective from which our spaces are designed and built.
The Metabolist Imagination by William Gardner
By conceiving of urban design as constantly changing, the Metabolists opened architecture up to a narrative dimension. William Gardner details the rich exchanges between visionary architects and science fiction authors in postwar Japan.
Urban Horror by Erin Y. Huang
Horror arises when external reality exceeds our internal comprehension. Could it also provoke feelings of resistance we didn’t know we had? Erin Y. Huang deciphers the affective dimension of zones of exception in neoliberal post-socialist Asia.
Free the Land by Edward Onaci
Among its demands for reparations, the New Afrikan Independence Movement sought to create a sovereign nation-state encompassing a large portion of the U.S. South. Historian Edward Onaci contextualizes this radically imaginative movement within past and present struggles for Black liberation.
Incisive takes on the built environment
This podcast is a joy to listen to. Each episode provides a condensed, articulate summary of an important recent book about architecture, landscape, or urbanism. Lean ten-minute episodes are packed with a cocktail of powerful ideas lucidly explained by their authors.