Join Sean Lally in conversation about architectures future, as both earths environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Each individuals work intersects this core topic, but from unique angles.Sean Lally is the founder of the office Weathers. Lally is the author of the book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.


  • Ep. _072 _ Jane Hutton _Reciprocal Landscapes

    Ep. _072 _ Jane Hutton _'Reciprocal Landscapes'

    20/04/2020 Duração: 45min

    Jane Hutton is a landscape architect and Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Her research looks at the extended material flows of common construction materials and their social and ecological relations. Recent publications include Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements (Routledge, 2019) as well as an edited volume, Landscript 5: Material Culture – Assembling and Disassembling Landscapes (Jovis, 2017), and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Actar, 2019), co-edited with Daniel Ibanez and Kiel Moe.   A big thanks you to the Graham Foundation in Chicago for supporting this program! 

  • Ep. 071 _ Larry D. Busbea _Responsive Environments

    Ep. 071 _ Larry D. Busbea _'Responsive Environments'

    30/03/2020 Duração: 44min

    Larry Busbea is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Topologies: The Urban Utopia in France, 1960-1970 (MIT Press, 2007), The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics, and the Human in the 1970s (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), and Proxemics and the Architecture of Social Interaction (forthcoming from Columbia Books on Architecture and the City).  

  • Ep. 070 _ Fred Scharmen _ Space Settlements

    Ep. 070 _ Fred Scharmen _ 'Space Settlements'

    16/03/2020 Duração: 48min

    Fred Scharmen teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. He is the co-founder of the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, an art and design consultancy based in Baltimore, Maryland. His work as a designer and researcher is about how we imagine new spaces for future worlds, and about who is invited into them. His first book, Space Settlements—on NASA’s 1970s proposal to construct large cities in space for millions of people—is out now from Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. He received his Masters Degree in Architecture from Yale University. His writing has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Log, CLOG, Volume, and Domus. His architectural criticism has appeared in the Architects Newspaper, Slate, CityLab, and in the local alt-weekly Baltimore City Paper.

  • Ep. 069 _ Christopher Schaberg _Searching for the Anthropocene

    Ep. 069 _ Christopher Schaberg _'Searching for the Anthropocene'

    02/03/2020 Duração: 54min

    Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, USA. In addition to his new book Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities, he is the author of  The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017), and The Work of Literature In An Age of Post-Truth (2018). He is series co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons.

  • Ep. 068 _ Elisa Iturbe _ Carbon Form

    Ep. 068 _ Elisa Iturbe _ 'Carbon Form'

    17/02/2020 Duração: 47min

    Elisa Iturbe is a critic at the Yale University School of Architecture (YSoA), where she also coordinates the dual-degree program between YSoA and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her writings have been published in Log, Dearq, and Pulp, in addition to a forthcoming piece in Perspecta. Most recently she guest edited Log 47, titled Overcoming Carbon Form, an issue dedicated to redefining the relationship between architectural form and our dominant energy paradigm. She also co-wrote a book with Peter Eisenman titled Lateness, forthcoming in May 2020. In addition, she teaches studio, formal analysis, and a course on carbon form at the Cooper Union. She is cofounder of Outside Development, an architectural practice.

  • Ep. 067 _ Charles Waldheim _ Overcoming Spatial Fixity

    Ep. 067 _ Charles Waldheim _ 'Overcoming Spatial Fixity'

    03/02/2020 Duração: 54min

    Today is a conversation with Charles Waldheim. Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect and urbanist. Waldheim’s research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he directs the School’s Office for Urbanization. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Cullinan Chair at Rice University; and the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan  Today we’re talking about an article he wrote called ‘Aero-Gangplank and the Avant-Gard' which appeared in LOG 46. This episode is called ‘Overcoming Spatial Fixity’.  I’m not sure that’s the BEST title for this conversation but we begin by discussing th

  • Ep. 066 _ Jo Lindsay Walton _Strange Economics

    Ep. 066 _ Jo Lindsay Walton _'Strange Economics'

    11/11/2019 Duração: 01h34s

    Today is a conversation with Jo Lindsay Walton and we’re discussing a book called ‘Strange Economics’ which is edited by David F. Shultz. The book consists of 23 new science fiction pieces written specifically for the book that foreground various types of economic models. Jo is a guest editor of ‘Strange Economics’ and wrote the afterward for the book. Jo is also co-editor (with Polina Levontin) of Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association. Recent essays and fiction appear in Strange Economics, Science Fiction Studies, Big Echo: Critical Science Fiction, Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture, and Economic Science Fictions. 

  • Ep. 065 _ Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett _ How Emotions Are Made

    Ep. 065 _ Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett _ 'How Emotions Are Made

    23/09/2019 Duração: 28min

    Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience

  • Ep. 064 _ Alexander Eisenschmidt _ The Good Metropolis

    Ep. 064 _ Alexander Eisenschmidt _ 'The Good Metropolis

    09/09/2019 Duração: 50min

    Alexander Eisenschmidt is the author of 'The Good Metropolis, Between Urban Formlessness and Metropolitan Architecture' Birkhauser, 2018 Alexander is a designer, theorist, and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches design studios and courses in history & theory.

  • Ep. 063 _ Nancy Y. Kiang _ The Color of Plants on Other Worlds

    Ep. 063 _ Nancy Y. Kiang _ 'The Color of Plants on Other Worlds'

    12/08/2019 Duração: 33min

    Dr. Kiang is a biometeorologist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York. She conducts research on the interaction between the biosphere and the atmosphere, focusing on life on land. Dr. Kiang also relates this work to research in astrobiology, particularly with regard to how photosynthetic activity produces signs of life at the global scale and how these may exhibit adaptations to alternative environments on extrasolar planets, resulting in other "biosignatures" that might be detected by space telescopes.

  • Ep. 062 _ Neil M. Denari Career Arcs

    Ep. 062 _ Neil M. Denari 'Career Arcs'

    29/07/2019 Duração: 59min

    Neil Denari is principal of Neil M. Denari Architects / NMDA and a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. With NMDA, Denari works on building projects in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2012, NMDA won first prize in the New Keelung Harbor Service Building competition. Denari lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, and Rice among other schools. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), and MASS X (2018).

  • Ep. 061 _ Mark A. Cheetham _ Land Art-Eco Art

    Ep. 061 _ Mark A. Cheetham _ 'Land Art-Eco Art'

    15/07/2019 Duração: 41min

    This week is with Mark A. Cheetham discussing his book 'Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature since the 60's' 

  • Ep. 060 _ Rachel Armstrong _ Far From Equilibrium

    Ep. 060 _ Rachel Armstrong _ 'Far From Equilibrium'

    01/07/2019 Duração: 58min

    This week is with Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Rachel Armstrong leads Metabolism research in developing artificial biology systems showing qualities of near-living systems. Armstrong is the author of the books Origamy and Invisible Ecologies.

  • Ep. 059 _ Edward Tenner _ The Efficiency Paradox

    Ep. 059 _ Edward Tenner _ 'The Efficiency Paradox'

    04/03/2019 Duração: 37min

    ‘The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do’.  Edward Tenner is a distinguished scholar of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and a visiting scholar in the Rutgers University Department of History. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Wilson Quarterly, and

  • Ep. 058 _ Perry Kulper _ Architecture Black Box

    Ep. 058 _ Perry Kulper _ 'Architecture Black Box'

    11/02/2019 Duração: 36min

    Perry Kulper, an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He has recently published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by Routledge.

  • Ep. 057 _ Catherine Bliss _ Sociogenomics’

    Ep. 057 _ Catherine Bliss _ 'Sociogenomics’

    28/01/2019 Duração: 47min

    Dr. Catherine Bliss is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Francisco. Her research explores the sociology of race, gender and sexuality in science, medicine, and society.   Today we’re discussing her book ‘Social by Nature, The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics’. We discuss the relationships between our body's genetic makeup and the environments we live in.

  • Ep.056 _ Bradley Cantrell _ A.I. and Wildness

    Ep.056 _ Bradley Cantrell _ 'A.I. and Wildness'

    14/01/2019 Duração: 39min

    Brad is the Chair of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Virginia. Brad is the co-author of the book ‘Responsive Landscapes’ with Justine Holzman. And co authored of the paper‘Designing Autonomy: Opportunities for New Wildness in the Anthropocene’ with Laura J. Martin, and Erle C. Ellis. This article is our jumping off point for the conversation which discusses the use of machine learning for maintaining areas of non human ecologies. What are the implications and opportunities in decision making when ecological territories are structured by an A.I. or machine learning strategy.

  • Ep. 055 _ Chris McAlorum _ The Enabled Landscape

    Ep. 055 _ Chris McAlorum _ 'The Enabled Landscape'

    17/12/2018 Duração: 39min

    Today we discuss Chris's writings about augmented reality and cartography. Chris is a public servant within Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland Directorate, Northern Ireland Civil Service as well as a guest writer for San Francisco based Venture Beat.  

  • Ep. 054 _ Chris Pak _ Terraforming in SF

    Ep. 054 _ Chris Pak _ 'Terraforming in SF'

    12/11/2018 Duração: 52min

    Today is a conversation with Chris Pak who is a scholar of speculative literature. His research interests are in the ecological and environmental significance of stories of terraforming and pantropy , which is to say the modification of other planets and the modification of bodies to enable the habitation of otherwise uninhabitable environments. His book (which we’ll be discussing today) is from Liverpool University Press called, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction. The book focuses on terraforming and its link to climate change and geoengineering, global politics and the relationship between the sciences, philosophy and the arts.

  • Ep. 053 _ Adam Frank _ Alien Anthopocenes

    Ep. 053 _ Adam Frank _ 'Alien Anthopocenes'

    29/10/2018 Duração: 45min

    Astrophysicist Adam Frank is a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun, and his computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. His most recent book is 'Light of the Stars, Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth'.

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