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 41 - October 22nd, 2020
What is the impact of a landmark district on gentrification? In this episode of Buildings on Air we answer that question and more with Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member and community organizer Diego Morales. We talk about the the debate surrounding the proposed Pilsen Landmark District here in Chicago, and why/how the community is pushing back.If you want to get involved with and stay up to date about the push back against the landmark district check out Pilsen Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.
Episode 40 - October 3rd, 2020
This episode of Buildings on Air we talk with Brian Campbell, a Portland based architectural worker and member of the Architecture Lobby about how the odd framing of urban policy debates can obscure power structures.
Episode 39 - August 15th, 2020
This episode of Buildings on Air marks our triumphant return after a hiatus. We talk with Will Orr and Ricardo Ruivo, teachers at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. The AA has recently been embroiled in controversy on the vote of no-confidence and subsequent dismissal of director Eva Franch I Gilabert. Will and Ric tell us about what went down at the AA, discuss how it is symptomatic of the architectural education industry in the age of neoliberalism, and talk through where we go from here. Read their open letter.
Episode 38 - A Show Update
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Episode 37 - April 4th, 2020
This episode of Buildings on Air we we chat with Sean Estelle and Sveta Stoytcheva of Democratic Socialists of America about the campaign to municipalize Chicago’s electric grid.
We are still under stay-at-home orders in Illinois which means the Lumpen Radio studios are closed so we are departing from our usual format to bring you prerecorded interviews.
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More info on the campaign to democratize ComEd can be found at http://www.demcomed.org
More information on the Democratize ComEd General Membership meeting can be found here: https://www.chicagodsa.org/event/democratize-comed-march-general-membership-meeting
And lastly if you are a dues paying DSA member you can follow this link to get involved with the national level Ecosocialist working group: http://bit.ly/ecosocialist
Episode 36 - March 24, 2020
This episode of Buildings on Air comes straight from the home recording studio of Keefer. In the midst of the state wide stay-at-home order in Illinois due to COVID-19 the offices and studios of WLPN-LP Chicago are shut down, so this episode comes courtesy of Zoom teleconferencing. Our guest this month is BoA favorite Billy Fleming (@joobilly on twitter) who directs the McHarg Center at University of Pennsylvania. He talks to us about “A Green Stimulus to Rebuild Our Economy: An Open Letter and Call to Action to Members of Congress” (Link).
Buildings on Air will continue to record during the coronavirus, albeit with an altered format accommodating social distancing and a more ad hoc schedule. Bear with us as we tweak our home recording set-up to improve sound quality. If you’ve got ideas for the show send them into firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.