203 episodes

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.

The Midnight Charette Design and Architecture Show David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet

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    • 4.5, 73 Ratings

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.

    #191 - Thanks for the 2-Star Review, D*ck

    #191 - Thanks for the 2-Star Review, D*ck

    This week David and Marina question whether or not San Francisco is 'progressive', respond to a 2-star review, discuss observations on COVID living, contributing during team projects, Architectural Reviews, the responsibilities of consumers, and more.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #190 - James Lord, Landscape Architect & Founder of Surfacedesign

    #190 - James Lord, Landscape Architect & Founder of Surfacedesign

    This week David and Marina are joined by James Lord, Landscape Architect & Founder of Surfacedesign, to discuss the homogeneity of our streets and public spaces, his transition from architecture to landscape architecture, stories about Pierre Koenig and saving endangered frogs, the most common struggle Landscape Architects face in projects, storytelling in design, and much more. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 37 min
    #189 - Design & Random Stories: Camping, Nude People, Life Drawings, Office Gossip, Team Fun

    #189 - Design & Random Stories: Camping, Nude People, Life Drawings, Office Gossip, Team Fun

    This week David and Marina chat about vacationing during the pandemic, encounters with nude people, life drawings, office gossip, the ridiculousness of university campuses, team fun, and more. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    #188 - Chris Do, Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur

    #188 - Chris Do, Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur

    This week David and Marina are joined by Chris Do to discuss authenticity, sequential design, giving presentations and talks, trends in design, teaching design, worm farms, and more. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #187 - How to Develop a Design and Architecture Concept for a Project

    #187 - How to Develop a Design and Architecture Concept for a Project

    This week David and Marina discuss design and architecture concepts and how to develop them. The two cover processes for developing a concept, what makes one concept better than another, choosing between different ideas, researching to strengthen a concept, if concepts are needed for all projects, examples of concepts, mistakes to avoid, and using the same concept for different projects, and more. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 49 min
    #186 - Anne Fougeron on Women in Architecture and Urban Thinking in Architecture

    #186 - Anne Fougeron on Women in Architecture and Urban Thinking in Architecture

    This week David and Marina are joined by Anne Fougeron, award-winning architect and founder of Fougeron Architecture, to discuss her work, city densities, creating good urban spaces with architecture, women, and equality in architecture, design processes, partnering with other offices and more! This episode is part of a series produced with the support of the SF Urban Program, Architecture Department, Cal Poly. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

T'Clapper ,

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.

Franco-Asian based in LA ,

More misses than hits

I’ve been listening to the podcast for over 2 years, so it may be a terrible reflection on myself that I’m rating this podcast 2 stars.

Marina and David have the career bullet points down to produce a successful and enjoyable podcast. They are young, design oriented, and David teaches on/off - great for their target audience of young designers. They have decent connections to pull very interesting guests in LA and SF. Their ethnicity and nationalities make them minorities.

Despite all these things, some things that come out of David’s mouth are so despicable. Your minority status doesn’t give you immunity and does not make you as progressive as you think you are. He exudes this arrogance and elitism that us designers and architects need to call out and change. Talk about others with more respect (including to Marina) — this reflects very poorly when you talk down to people you are designing a world for.

I will keep listening to this podcast, because some of the guests that are brought on are extremely interesting to listen to, and David usually keeps his opinions to himself. I will easily skip certain design “variety” episodes where David rambles and complains like a bratty child.

ScottoGramsci ,

I’m not an architect, but...

What San Francisco podcast on architecture used the word “ghetto” two times in half an hour, and all of this before their discussing anything having to do with the subject of the podcast?

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