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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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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.

    65 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 3/3 — Nostalghia and The Sacrifice

    65 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 3/3 — Nostalghia and The Sacrifice

    In our final episode on Andrei Tarkovsky, we discuss the two films he directed after leaving the Soviet Union: Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986). Both films see a continued intensification of the directorial moves that Tarkovsky had been developing for his whole career: from heightened and ecstatic soundtracks to long and suspenseful shots; from close-ups of valuable objects in the mud to underdeveloped and over-emotional female characters. The films both draw heavily on the landscapes of Northern Italy and the island of Gotland in Sweden, which are rendered sublimely beautiful through Tarkovsky's unique blend of painterly compositions and disorientating surrealism. We hope you enjoyed this series on the films of Tarkovsky, next up we will be returning to architecture in the company of the inimitable Zaha Hadid!


    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.


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    64 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 2/3 — Stalker

    64 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 2/3 — Stalker

    In our second episode on Soviet director and auteur Andrei Tarkovsky we discuss his most well known film and possibly his magnum opus, Stalker (1979). The last film that Tarkovsky made whilst living in the Soviet Union, Stalker is loosely adapted from the novel Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.


    In Stalker, Tarkovsky takes decaying the post-industrial ruinous landscapes and transforms them into the mysterious 'Zone', a land full of hidden rules and invisible threats, that our trio of anguished and existentially angsty protagonists must traverse. Our characters are the Writer and the Professor, guided through the mysterious and dreamlike landscape by the eponymous Stalker. In this episode we discuss the unique artistic and technical feats that make this movie such a cult classic, and some of our quibbles with Tarkovsky's ethic.


    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.


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    63 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 1/3 — Setting the Stage

    63 — Andrei Tarkovsky — 1/3 — Setting the Stage

    In this first part of our new series on legendary Russian director Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky we discuss his early films: Ivan's Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972) and Mirror (1975). We will also be releasing a Patreon bonus very shortly with discussions of the work Tarkovsky did whilst studying at film school, including The Violin and the Steamroller (1961).


    Tarkovsky's work is greatly favoured among architects, despite not being explicitly architectural. His strange dream-like visions conjure up a unique spatial experience, with strange and often confusing materiality that hovers somewhere between a childhood memory and a disturbing nightmare. In this episode we discuss his interest in the paintings of Bruegel, the importance of faith to his work, his overpowering Oedipal complex, his run-ins with the Soviet authorities, and the artificial naturalism of his sets.


    Make sure you subscribe to catch our next Tarkovsky episode, where we will be discussing Stalker (1979).


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    • 1 tim. 35 min
    62 — Leon Battista Alberti — 2/2 — Building the Quattrocento

    62 — Leon Battista Alberti — 2/2 — Building the Quattrocento

    62 — Leon Battista Alberti — 2/2 — Building the Quattrocento


    Having discussed his magnum opus, 'De Re Aedificatoria' in the last episode, here we discuss the curious collection of buildings that Alberti designed across Italy over the course of his lifetime. From the hulking and austere white stone of the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini to the carefully proportioned fine marble inlay of the Santa Maria Novella in Florence, these buildings have a unique feeling, that reflects the idiosyncratic interests of Alberti in conjuring the authentic mood of Classical Architecture, within the confines of his rigid understanding of proportion and geometry. These moments of strangeness are heightened by the incomplete nature of much of the work, and his own distance from the construction process, most of which he directed by letter. Make sure you check out the pinned story on our instagram for this episode, where you will find lots of high quality images of the buildings we're discussing.


    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.


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    • 1 tim. 48 min
    61 — Leon Battista Alberti — 1/2 — De Re Aedificatoria

    61 — Leon Battista Alberti — 1/2 — De Re Aedificatoria

    In this first episode of a two parter, we tackle the original big beautiful bouncing boy of the High Italian Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti, and his 1485 blockbuster publication, On the Art of Building in Ten Books. After Vitruvius' original Ten Books, De Re Aedificatoria represents only the second explicitly architectural treatise in the history of Western Architecture. Alberti's work covers everything you'd need to start building and much more, including: sacrificial animal murder; mysterious gases that leak from the ground; how best to control a mob; endless quotations from Classical sources and some ruminations on the nature of beauty. We also discuss the historical context of Renaissance Italy, Florentine class-warfare shenanigans and the many strange and unexpected twists and turns of this enigmatic cornerstone of the canon. In the second episode we will be discussing Alberti's buildings!


    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.


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    60 — Reyner Banham — 2/2 — Design By Choice

    60 — Reyner Banham — 2/2 — Design By Choice

    In our second and final episode on Reyner Banham, we discuss his pivot to Los Angeles, his love affair with Archigram, his theories of Megastructure, and his later projects on American industrial vernacular ('Concrete Atlantis') and his unpublished book about the High-Tech movement.


    After his support of the Smithsons and the 'New Brutalism' Banham was next renowned for supporting and publicising the work of English paper-architecture utopia-envisioners Archigram. We discuss Archigram, their lack of built fabric and the potentials of ecstatic 1960s techno-optimism. Banham's most iconic work is probably his 1972 documentary 'Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles' and we discuss the documentary, Banham's idiosyncratic presenting style, as well as his blind spots around race, class, and the un-freedom of bottomless consumption. You will hear a series of clips from the documentary scattered through the episode. We also reflect on Banham's legacy, the revival of his reputation, and the difficulties of techno-optimism in the face of the climate crisis.


    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.


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Joakim W G ,

Funny, insightful and very promising

I have listened to a dozen episodes and can seriously recommend this podcast, also to the people like me that don’t have a professional background in architecture but a general interest in art/culture/history. The core in this podcast is the presenters own curiosity in the subjects they are covering. I appreciate that they are not trying to present the usual formulaic narrative of modernism (for instance), giving each episode plenty of room for odd discoveries and contradictions. They seem to do serious research beforehand but luckily they are not trying to come across as humourless academics. On the contrary they are actually quite funny. / Swedish listener

Mcwarwick ,

All the best parts

Love this podcast! Recently found it while looking for things about architecture, but this is so much more. Really enjoy the history and depth of social importance they discuss in regards to our built environments.

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