Spring 2021 Season - Days/Times Forthcoming

Nation Building with Antonio Pacheco / A bi-weekly look at the state of public architecture in the United States, including interviews, news items, reading suggestions, and historical/theoretical frameworks for understanding public architecture more broadly.

Grounds with Amanda Ugorji / Inter-generational interviews with artists, designers, and planners that ask what existential questions they have been working through lately and how they make their decisions.

Still Standing with Eytan Levi and Ben Hoyle / Interviews with experts about the renovation of Soviet mass housing.

Conversations on Care with Ana Miljački


Aldo Rossi, elevations for the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, 1990


Eytan Levi


Shih-Fu Peng (Dublin, Ireland)
Mariana Medrano (Boston, USA)
Tim Cousin (Zurich, Switzerland)

About the show

Disparition, the act of disappearing, based on Latin disparere, in an obsolete word in English - itself disappearing.

Every week, this show investigates through three interviews what is going away and perhaps never coming back in our architectural educations.

Discussions are conducted one after the other, as to never reach a consensus so that listeners can craft their own resolution to the topic and build their own position on whether or not it is disappearing.

EP 01: Elevations

The inaugural episode of Disparitions explores the current state of elevations in architectural education. Once an essential component of the orthogonal triarchy that it constituted along the plan and the section, I have noticed that elevations have been dropped by numerous design studios in architecture schools over recent years. 

Not long ago, elevations were designed by architects as solid surfaces. They now seem to be replaced with more technical façade sections. However, I also sense that the patrons of architecture are increasingly concerned by the aspect of buildings from the outside, and request more and more elevations through orthogonal projections or renders.

In order to understand where elevations are heading, I will be interviewing Shih-Fu Peng (from Heneghan Peng Architects) in Dublin, Mariana Medrano (MArch '23) in Boston, and Tim Cousin (MArch '23) in Zurich. We will be discussing how the current generation of students - which in my view has not been focusing on elevation making at school - will transition into practice, and whether they will carry their bias against elevations, or adapt in some way.