30 episodes

Failed Architecture is a podcast on architecture and the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, we seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. FA challenges dominant spatial fashions and explores alternative realities, reaching far beyond the architectural community. We combine personal stories with research and reflection, always remaining committed to the idea that architecture is about social justice and climate justice, pop culture and subculture, representation and imagination, and everything that happens after the building’s been built.

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Failed Architecture is a podcast on architecture and the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, we seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. FA challenges dominant spatial fashions and explores alternative realities, reaching far beyond the architectural community. We combine personal stories with research and reflection, always remaining committed to the idea that architecture is about social justice and climate justice, pop culture and subculture, representation and imagination, and everything that happens after the building’s been built.

    Huellas de Desaparición w/ Manuel Correa (Forensic Architecture)

    Huellas de Desaparición w/ Manuel Correa (Forensic Architecture)

    Para el segundo episodio de FA Breezeblocks en español la editora María Mazzanti habló con Manuel Correa, artista Colombiano que hace parte del equipo de Forensic Architecture. En el podcast Manuel y María discuten sobre la exposición Huellas de desaparición. Los casos de Urabá, Palacio de Justicia y territorio Nukak, que se presenta en el Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU) y que explora aspectos específicos de la desaparición en la historia del conflicto armado colombiano, utilizando herramientas de análisis espacial, de datos e imágenes aéreas y satelitales. La exposición es el resultado de la colaboración entre la Comisión de la Verdad de Colombia y la agencia internacional de investigación Forensic Architecture. 

    • 15 min
    #15 Design Justice w/ Quilian Riano

    #15 Design Justice w/ Quilian Riano

    On June 8th 2020, architecture and design organisations joined countless others to mark their alignment with the Black Lives Matter protest movement by responding to the hashtag BlackoutTuesday with a black square. For the most part, their anti-racist commitment started and ended there. At the same time, however, the initial meetings of Design As Protest and Dark Matter University began. In their words, “DAP is a collective of designers mobilizing strategy to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as tools of oppression”. Emerging from DAP’s demand to create anti-racist models of design education, Dark Matter University is “an anti-racist design justice school,” which has since its establishment in early July 2020 independently expanded its network and mission to “radically transform education and practice toward a just future” from both inside and outside of academia. 

    For this episode, we talk with DAP and Dark Matter core member Quilian Riano about design justice. We address the response of architecture and design organisations to the Black Lives Matter movement (also addressed in DAP’s Anti-Racism Design Justice Index and a list of Blackout Tuesday responses compiled by FA in association with Migrants Bureau). We also discuss the importance of centring people, neighbourhoods and communities in the design process, as well as the role of design as a tool of displacement and, conversely, for re-imagining a just and liberated future. We then move on to evaluate the potential of community wealth-building, collective ownership and other alternative economic models, as well as workplace organising within the architecture and design professions.

    – Quilian Riano is an architectural and urban designer, researcher, writer, educator, founder of DSGN AGNC, Assistant Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture, and until earlier this year he was Associate Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He’s also a board member of the Architecture Lobby, and a core member of Design as Protest and Dark Matter University.

    This episode was directed by Charlie Clemoes.

    REFERENCES

    Design as Protest National Call event (which this episode’s original release was timed to coincide with)

    Article from Black Females in Architecture, Design as Protest, Failed Architecture, Migrants Bureau announcing the list: “Let’s Remind Architecture and Design Organisations of Their Support for Black Lives Matter”

    • 1 hr
    Stories on Earth: Rhino: An Alternative Story w/ Anna Maria Fink & Mizt aan de Maas

    Stories on Earth: Rhino: An Alternative Story w/ Anna Maria Fink & Mizt aan de Maas

    We’ve reached the final instalment of interviews with the participants of the Stories on Earth project, an experiment that brings together spatial designers and writers to devise new spatial narratives that accommodate the inherent interrelationship between humans and the non-human. Together, these artists have crafted three stories that open up the possibility of imagining radically different worldviews, challenging society’s prevailing belief in a separation between humans and everything else.

    In this interview, FA editor Eda Hisarlıoğlu talks with two of the landscape and book designer Anna Maria Fink and writer Mizt aan de Maas. Their contribution to the project, “Rhino. An Alternative Story”, is based on their work on the zoological garden. Among other things, Mizt and Anna discuss  the various inspirations for their dystopian story (for Mizt, dystopias like that found in the film Twelve Monkeys, and for Anna the timeline of the Rhino’s contact with Europe, from ancient history to the more recent past). They also reflect on their decision to make a book, and Anna’s  playful insertion of Rhino cutouts into the urban landscape during lockdown.

    • 23 min
    Stories on Earth: The Great Reanimation w/ Bassem Saad & Ameneh Solati

    Stories on Earth: The Great Reanimation w/ Bassem Saad & Ameneh Solati

    We continue our coverage of Stories on Earth, an experiment that brings together spatial designers and writers to devise new spatial narratives that accommodate the inherent interrelationship between humans and the non-human. Together, these artists have crafted three stories that open up the possibility of imagining radically different worldviews, challenging society’s prevailing belief in a separation between humans and everything else.

    Christin Hu hosts once again for this third instalment, this time with guests Bassem Saad and Ameneh Solati, fellow FA editors and participants in the Stories on Earth project. Their video “The Great Reanimation” uses as its subject the chimera, a fantastical creature artificially created by combining parts of different specimens, either in drawings or taxidermy, which were ubiquitous in early natural history exhibitions Inspired by the ancient fables that would feature non-human creatures to broach difficult topics concerning people’s relationship with authority, and touching upon questions of antispecism, equality, and the legacy of colonialism, their story narrates a dystopian scenario in which the chimeras have come to life and are demanding fair compensation for the decades they spent on display for the entertainment of humans. In the episode, Christin, Bassem and Ameneh touch discuss the history of the natural history museum and its deceptively innocent origins in cabinets of curiosity collected by scientists and explorers during the early period of Western colonial expansion. They also reflect on the working process that went into the video and its parallels with contemporary pretest movements advocating for colonised and oppressed communities.

    • 17 min
    Stories on Earth: Sacred Planetary Garden w/ Karin Lachmising and Angelo Renna

    Stories on Earth: Sacred Planetary Garden w/ Karin Lachmising and Angelo Renna

    We continue our coverage of Stories on Earth, an experiment that brings together spatial designers and writers to devise new spatial narratives that accommodate the inherent interrelationship between humans and the non-human. Together, these artists have crafted three stories that open up the possibility of imagining radically different worldviews, challenging society’s prevailing belief in a separation between humans and everything else.

    For this, our second instalment interview with the participants, Christin Hu talks with writer and poet Karin Lachmising and architect Angelo Renna on their contribution to the project, “Sacred Planetary Garden”, which is based on their research on the botanical garden. Sacred Planetary Garden finds inspiration in the passage of time and the notions of ancestry and with Christin, Angelo and Karin reflect on their collaboration, which was built on closely sharing knowledge acquired through research and personal reflection.

    • 19 min
    Stories on Earth w/ Chiara and Daphne

    Stories on Earth w/ Chiara and Daphne

    Stories on Earth is an experiment that brings together spatial designers and writers to devise new spatial narratives that accommodate the inherent interrelationship between humans and the non-human. Together, these artists have crafted three stories that open up the possibility of imagining radically different worldviews, challenging society’s prevailing belief in a separation between humans and everything else. For Breezeblock 23, Charlie talks to fellow editors Chiara Dorbolò and Daphne Bakker about the project, which they curated as part of Failed Architecture’s contribution to the public parallel programme of the Dutch Pavilion during the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

    Chiara and Daphne talk about their role in the process of bringing the project to fruition amid the global pandemic and their collaboration with the artists they invited to contribute. They also talk about the subject matter of the three stories videos, specifically with regard to the spatial typologies they chose to focus on (the zoological garden, the botanical garden and the museum of natural history). After a brief discussion of alternative conceptions of time, we round things off with a light discussion about the host’s article “The Virus Biennale” written as a critique of biennales in general, at the very beginning of the pandemic.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Xeronimo ,

Excellent Colombian Perspectives

It is really hard to get perspectives from real voices from the protests in Colombia on international mediums. This is focused on student/academic voices, but they are from people who have real concern over public space and social communication.

namrogetak ,

Excellent podcast

Fascinating conversations with people thinking deeply about the built environment. Highly recommended.

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