I’ve been listening to several Architecture and Design podcasts lately. I stumbled upon one last year and now I’m hooked.
First of all the show is so beautifully produced. Such a pleasure to listen to.
“99% Invisible…is completely wonderful and entertaining and beautifully produced…”
-Ira Glass, This American Life
“We think what he’s doing is inspiring. It has a kind of rhythm and musicality that you don’t normally find in radio or podcast storytelling.”
-Jad Abumrad, Radiolab
After a couple of episodes I really got it. The show gets you in behind the design and tells the story that you can’t see, and don’t see from the surface.
This is the real magic of the podcast. Who were the people involved? What was the prevailing thinking. How has the design impacted observers and participants.
Here’s a couple of my recent favorites:
- Secret Staircases: “The large number of hidden public staircases is part of what makes California so great. Charles Fleming is one of the world experts of coastal California’s public stairs. He has documented and mapped walking routes through nearly every useable public staircase in San Francisco’s East Bay, as well as in Los Angeles (where he lives). Charles published his findings in two walking guides, appropriately titled Secret Stairs.” Listen
- Purple Reign: What’s the difference between what the public sees and what an architect sees when they look at a building? The hotel on the very prominent corner of Touhy and Kilbourn Avenues in Lincolnwood, Illinois used to be the town’s most famous building: The first Hyatt hotel in all of Chicagoland, premiere accommodations, top-notch restaurant. It was swank! Roberta Flack stayed there. Barry Mannilow stayed there. Perry Como. Michael Jordon stayed there on his first night in Chicago. But even if you know nothing about the history, everyone in the area knows this hotel. Because it’s purple. Really, really purple. Listen