Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Improve your "archi-speak"

Basically, while the students felt confident of their work they lacked the confidence and knowledge on how to verbally express their ideas....thus came about... Architecture on Air,which is put on by the College of Architecture at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The interview series via podcasts is "meant to focus on helping students build a more nuanced and attentive language with which to describe the built environment and their own work (as opposed to fixating on images). The series covers architecture, history, theory, industrial design, urbanism, allied professions, social discourse and the role of architects in contemporary culture."

Interviews :
Danny Forster - "Dizzy Heights" Mark Morris 9/15/06 Danny Forster is host of "Extreme Engineering" on the Discovery Channel. As many newspapers and magazines have recounted, Forster got his current job answering an on-line want ad featured on Craig's List while a graduate architecture student at Harvard. An amateur video shot by his girlfriend in his living room (an act of procrastination to avoid finishing essays) was enough to get him to the auditions alongside actors, engineers and weight-lifting models.

Steven Connor: Castles in the Air - "Transdisciplinarity, Space and Rem Koolhaas" Mark Morris 9/14/06 Steven Connor is Academic Director of the London Consortium, Professor of Modern Literature and Theory and Birkbeck College Orator. An advocate for interdisciplinary studies and alternative research methodologies, Steve has lectured widely (particularly to architecture audiences) and been a contributor to several radio programs. His research interests are diverse: sound, space, literary studies, skin, atmospheres and broadcasts. He has written extensively on Michel Serres, Dickens and Beckett. His books include Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (Oxford Press, 2000) and The Book of Skin (Reaktion Books, 2004). He has recently completed a book entitled Fly (Reaktion, 2006) on the history of the fly in poetry, painting, religion and science. His current research is on the air.

Iain Borden - "Skateboarding to Architecture" 38:33 Mark Morris 8/16/06 Dr. Iain Borden is Director of the School of Architecture, Director of Architectural History and Theory and Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Educated at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UCL, University of London and UCLA, Iain is an architectural historian and urban commentator.

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