The Midnight Charette is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by Architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, the show covers a wide array of subjects with humor and honesty and features a variety of creative professionals in unscripted and more personal conversations.
#201 - Ryan Scavnicky on Memes, Video Games, and Architecture
This week David and Marina are joined by Ryan Scavnicky, Founder of Extra Office, Educator, and architectural theorist to discuss criticism in architecture, meme-making, pivoting from memes, taboo subjects on social media, video gaming and its relationship to architecture, and more. Enjoy!
#200 - Honest Reflection on the Show and Interview with Namari Tornoberdune
This week David interview special guest French Architect, Namari Tornoberdune covering moving countries, changing jobs, staying or leaving with architecture, changing cities, and starting an office. David and Marina give an honest reflection on the show, how it's evolved, when they considered canceling it, episodes they dislike the most, behind-the-scenes challenges, and what they learned about themselves along the way. Enjoy!
#199 - Recent Movies, Lake Tahoe, and Random Rambles
This week David and Marina discuss The Devil All the Time (semi-spoilers), Enola Holmes, Ted Lasso, 2090, courses, the death penalty for people with developing brains, fairness in communities, is the American flag a marker of conservatism?, pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States, and Lake Tahoe, sub sandwiches, California fires, dystopias, and more. Enjoy!
#198 - Juanito Olivarria, Partner of Luxigon, Los Angeles & Architectural Renderer
This week David and Marina are joined by Architectural Renderer & Partner of Luxigon's Los Angeles office, Juanito Olivarria to discuss his process creating renderings, collaborating with architects, beauty, video gaming, taking risks, ugly trees, rendering styles, and much more!
#197 - How to Give a Presentation: Tips for Designers and Architects
This week David and Marina discuss strategies for giving a convincing design/architecture presentation. The two cover the different outcomes of a presentation, the pros and cons of different formats (slideshow and boards) and how they can best be used, key words that should NOT be used, dealing with questions, how to be convincing, how to sell a key point, what content should come first, understanding the audience, preparation, and more. Enjoy!
#196 - Roderick Wyllie, Landscape Architect and Co-Founder of Surfacedesign
This week David and Marina are joined by Roderick Wyllie, Landscape Architect and Co-Founder of Surfacedesign. This one starts deep as we discuss the relationship between music and design, then landscape architects as urban planners, design representation, landscape architecture theory and realized projects, changes in the profession, the differences between landscape architects and architecture, infrastructural spaces in cities, his office Surfacedesign, and much more. Enjoy!
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Keep up the Good Work!
Thank you David for replying to my request and being able to get Chris Do on the show. I only wished the direction of the episode could have gone where you all expounded upon specific buildings, takes on architecture profession, business of architecture and design, etc. Although I understand not many who listen might be familiar with Chris Do, just a future suggestion if you are able to have guests return to the show. On another note, there are times on episodes where you come off as upset by certain reviews. I can see how people wouldn’t consider everything that goes into the production but that’s how every profession is and I understand the nature of an unfiltered podcast. Either way, perhaps an alternative is to listen to how Conan takes his listener reviews and make a comedic twist to ones that might be of poor taste? Anyways, don’t feel the need to take the suggestions. All in all please keep going and enjoy the contents you both bring!!!
I enjoy these two!! It is so amusing to hear them talk and being genuine to themselves. Sometimes podcasts are just to put a face and being sensitive to the audience. You can’t please everyone is what I am learning in life. I enjoy the guests, genuine responses, and also how relax the podcast is. Sometimes it is hard to listen to some podcasts that becomes almost like a lecture. I enjoy this podcast because it really brings out the interviewees’ character and personalities. There isn’t a motive or self interest to draw out answers from the interviewees. David and Marina ask questions that they genuinely are interested in or want to learn more from the interviewees. Also, I love it when David and Marina disagrees with each other. Whether Marina roasts David, or David tries to make his point, they both definitely compliment each other on the show. Keep it up you two!!!
Makes me want to rewrite my life
Episode 175 with Michael Pyatok confirmed that my path through life was not what it should have been. His projects, philosophy, insight into urban living and low-income housing brought me to tears. I'm past 50 years and am considering how to change my next steps to be part of something so right.