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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 • 203 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.

    87 — Carlo Scarpa — 1/3 — Not Every Architect is an Artist

    87 — Carlo Scarpa — 1/3 — Not Every Architect is an Artist

    In our first episode on Carlo Scarpa, we're trying something new! We've made a video to accompany the episode that you can find on our YouTube Channel, in which you can watch Luke and George discuss the enigmatic architecture of Carlo Scarpa, accompanied by images of the buildings! Make sure you subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date.

    This is an experiment, so let us know what you think! We will always put out these main episodes here on the podcast feed, and we will try to keep them accessible to those in audio only. As always, accompanying images will appear on our socials. Thanks to everyone for supporting the show and making this new model possible, do give us a review on your podcast app if you're enjoying what we do.

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 57 min
    86 — Ian Nairn — 3/3 — Nairn on TV

    86 — Ian Nairn — 3/3 — Nairn on TV

    In the final episode in our series on Ian Nairn, we discussed the 1967 book 'Britain's Changing Towns' and the BBC television work that has granted Nairn a viral afterlife on YouTube.

    Here's the Nairn clip from the outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K-53widcdY You can find all the Nairn tv shows we discussed in the episode by simply searching 'Ian Nairn' on Youtube, and we'll be posting some Nairn clips on the socials over the next couple of weeks.

    Bonus episode for patreon subscribers on Gordon Cullen and Townscapes will be out this week!

    This episode is sponsored by Blue Crow Media, purveyors of beautiful architectural maps, including maps of London tube stations and Art Deco or Brutalist architecture in London, in the tradition of Ian Nairn! Use the code aboutbuildings at checkout for 10% off! https://bluecrowmedia.com/

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    85 — Ian Nairn — 2/3 — Nairn's London

    85 — Ian Nairn — 2/3 — Nairn's London

    In the second episode of our series on Ian Nairn, we talked about Nairn's London, the 1966 architectural guide to the city which was the critic's magnum opus. We discussed his inimitable prose style, his deep knowledge of the buildings of London, the afterlife of the book and its un-propositional nature.

    This episode includes clips from a walking tour of the West End that we took with Nairn's London in hand. The full audio tour of the West End will be published on our Patreon for subscribers!

    This episode is sponsored by Blue Crow Media, purveyors of beautiful architectural maps, including maps of London tube stations and Art Deco or Brutalist architecture in London, in the tradition of Ian Nairn! Use the code aboutbuildings at checkout for 10% off! https://bluecrowmedia.com/

    Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    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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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

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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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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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