Buildings on Air is a show that demystifies architecture through wild speculation, good conversation, a healthy dose of lefty political perspective, and lots of skepticism about the 'power of design.' Each show features guests from the many different facets of the architecture world in Chicago and beyond. Buildings on Air is from WLPN Lumpen Radio and hosted by Keefer Dunn. New episodes broadcast LIVE on WLPN first Saturdays of the month from 2-4pm. Visit www.buildingsonair.live and www.lumpenradio.com
Episode 58 - Marianela D'Aprile and Doug Spencer
This month we are joined by two Buildings on Air favorites: architecture writer/critic Marianela D’Aprile and architecture historian/educator Douglas Spencer! We answer a listener question about giving notice at an architecture job, gloss the ideas of architecture theorist Manfredo Tafuri (Mamma Mia… here we go again!), and discuss some central ideas of the emergent architectural left.
Episode 47 - Zoning w/ Ramsin Canon
This episode of Buildings on Air we chat with organizer, writer, and attorney Ramsin Canon to talk about zoning and land use. We cover the basics of zoning, hear the legal perspective on land use, and discuss why it matters to activists. If you found our conversation interesting check out Ramsin’s presentation on zoning to the 33rd Ward Working Families organization here.
Episode 46 - Stan Kaderbek
This month on Buildings on Air we chat with structural engineer, former Chicago Building Commissioner, and all around good guy, Stan Kaderbek. Stan shares some stories from his time as commissioner that should not be missed! We also chat about public service and safety, and the ins and outs of what it’s like to be the cities chief building regulator.
Episode 45 - Mailbag Special
We are still off our regular format, but in this episode we revisit the classic Buildings on Air “Mailbag” with Nicholas Cecchi and Emily Handley. We talk air changes, bidets, and more!
Look out this summer/fall for the show to return to its usual two hour format, with interviews and hopefully a return to our regular, regular segments!
Episode 44 - Here There by Dragons w/ Jess Myers
This episode of Buildings on Air we are joined by Jess Myers, an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design and co-steward of the NYC Architecture Lobby to talk about "Here There be Dragons,” a podcast that delves deep into how feelings of safety and belonging in cities are experienced by people and conditioned by the built environment. Stay tuned for a preview episode of HTBD and be sure to find it and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Episode #43 - Jesse McCormick
This episode of Buildings on Air we chat architectural internships with New York based architectural worker Jesse McCormick, a co-author of a recent report on the subject (link here). We chat about precarious employment conditions and dive deep into the legalities of unpaid internships, as well as the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
Architecture and New Left Politics
The politics that make up our culture are the ones that make up our architecture. On bodies in space, housing, urbanism, postmodernism, demystifying the 'masters', cladding, and HVAC. Monthly show.
Thought-provoking & lighthearted
Whether you’re an architect or just someone interested in architecture, you should listen to this podcast. It tackles big and small issues alike with clarity and humor, exploring how architects can work to improve a world that often blocks their attempts at making positive changes. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative listen.