369 episodes

Listen to one of America's top-rated architecture podcasts as the USModernist® Radio crew talks and laughs with fascinating people who own, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most controversial houses and buildings in the world.

USModernist Radio - Architecture You Love George Smart

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 75 Ratings

Listen to one of America's top-rated architecture podcasts as the USModernist® Radio crew talks and laughs with fascinating people who own, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most controversial houses and buildings in the world.

    #353/Lisa Ballinger on Aspen + Catskills with Isaac Jeffreys + Musical Guest David Weiss and The Cookers

    #353/Lisa Ballinger on Aspen + Catskills with Isaac Jeffreys + Musical Guest David Weiss and The Cookers

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #352/New York Architects Peter Eisenman + Esther Sperber + Richard Olcott

    #352/New York Architects Peter Eisenman + Esther Sperber + Richard Olcott

    Welcome to USModernist Radio, where we talk and laugh with people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most exciting and controversial buildings in the world. It’s especially exciting in New York City, which punches way above its weight in architecture and architects, and today we’ll talk with three from that city, Peter Eisenman, Esther Sperber, and Richard Olcott. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #351/Bakersfield with David Coffey + Palm Desert with Luke Leuschner + Cape Cod with Peter McMahon

    #351/Bakersfield with David Coffey + Palm Desert with Luke Leuschner + Cape Cod with Peter McMahon

    Palm Springs and Los Angeles have thousands of Modernist houses, but there are many towns with their own midcentury architectural heritage. From Modernism Week 2024, we talk with David Coffey about Bakersfield CA; Palm Desert CA native and architectural researcher Luke Leuschner, then Peter McMahon with Cape Cod Modern House Trust, for an update on saving Marcel Breuer’s Cape Cod house.

    • 50 min
    #350: Alastair Gordon + Barbara Gordon + Musical Guest Kate McGarry

    #350: Alastair Gordon + Barbara Gordon + Musical Guest Kate McGarry

    There are lots of famous people named Gordon, people like chef Gordon Ramsay, actress Ruth Gordon, musician Gordon Lightfoot, and even Sting, whose real name is Gordon Sumner.  Joining us are today are two Modernist Gordons, author Alistair Gordon and Chicago preservationist Barbara Gordon. Later, jazz with North Carolina’s own Kate McGarry. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #349/Aluminaire: Frances Campani + Michael Schwarting + Architecture Photographer Robin Hill

    #349/Aluminaire: Frances Campani + Michael Schwarting + Architecture Photographer Robin Hill

    Way back in 1987, New York Institute of Technology architects Michael Schwarting and Frances Campani saved the 1931 Aluminaire House from destruction, and rebuilt it.  Then they had to take it apart.  Now nearly 40 years later, Aluminaire House reached it’s final resting place at the Palm Springs Art Museum, visible today on the museum grounds.  Recorded poolside at Modernism Week,  you will hear about this visionary house, designed by Albert Frey and Lawrence Kocher, and Aluminaire’s journey from a private Long Island estate to the New York Institite of Technology to Palm Springs.  Later on from the studio, we chat with architectural photographer Robin Hill. 

    • 53 min
    #348/Architecture Documentaries: Louise Lemoine + Denise Zmekhol + Simon Mark Brown

    #348/Architecture Documentaries: Louise Lemoine + Denise Zmekhol + Simon Mark Brown

    Joining the show are three documentary filmmakers bravely capturing architects and architecture on film.  Making these movies is an incredible labor of love; it takes a tremendous amount of work and time, often years, you’re fundraising continually, production is expensive, even when done on the cheap, and the financial reward at the end of all that, well, let’s say you could do better working a couple of months under the golden arches.  That’s why these folks are our heroes and heroines.  We’ll talk to Louise Lemoine of Beka and Lemoine, Denise Zmekhol, and Simon Mark-Brown. 

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

UVaknin ,

Exceptional

I drive a lot between homes in LA and Las Vegas and because I know that I will have at least 4 hours each way to listen to these podcasts, I now so look forward to those drives. This podcast is a must listen to for anyone interested in Modernist architecture in the US. I previously considered myself pretty well versed in Modernist architecture until I started to listen to this podcast. From further exploring the great and well known architects (often through intensely interesting interviews with their adult kids) to illuminating lesser known regional Modernist architects - this podcast has it all. But I am getting nervous that I am going to soon run out of episodes in this podcast. And it’s always great to then use their extensive documentation for further research on their website. Bravo!

eclectic7 ,

Still a waste of time.

Thought I’d give this podcast a second chance, but nothing has changed. The hosts are smug, the music is annoying, and while the guests are great, too much time is spent on tangents. Do I really care what a British architect thinks about American football? No. I care what the British architect thinks about midcentury modernist architecture.

LesterM14 ,

Interesting but…

Brewers daughter doesn’t seem to be that interested or cares much about her father and it is very transparent there is A LOT OF UNDERLYING TRAUMA AND……Not said

Top Podcasts In Arts

Fresh Air
NPR
The Moth
The Moth
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
The Magnus Archives
Rusty Quill
Glad We Had This Chat with Caroline Hirons
Wall to Wall Media
Articles of Interest
Avery Trufelman

You Might Also Like

Fresh Air
NPR
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
The Gray Area with Sean Illing
Vox
The Grand Tourist with Dan Rubinstein
Dan Rubinstein
The Kitchen Sisters Present
The Kitchen Sisters & Radiotopia
Crain's Daily Gist
Crain's Chicago Business