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 MiljaĨki


Ben Hoyle and Eytan Levi
Picture taken with a Mavic 2 Zoom drone
Baja California, Mexico, 2018


Eytan Levi


Taeseop Shin (Boston, USA)

Jonathon Brearley (Long Island, USA) 

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 several 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 02: Sites

This week, we’ll be looking at project sites, which seem to be increasingly accessible remotely, through Google Maps, GIS, or calling and video-conferencing with people on the ground. But regardless of that easiness to discover and understand sites without physically travelling, design studios and architecture firms keep showing a strong impulse to visit the places where they will operate.

Experiencing a site seem to matter viscerally when it comes to designing projects, as if the result would be radically different and uninformed without an actual visit. Going further than the design process, we will also assess to what extent architecture exists to be experienced in person, and whether that is also changing. We will finally be discussing how the current pandemic is forcing architects to adapt their design process for a few months, as sites can no longer be accessed through studio travels for instance.

In order to understand in what ways architects try to be connected to sites, and to get a sense of the evolutions of getting there, I will be interviewing Taeseop Shin (MArch '20) in Boston, and Jonathon Brearley (MArch '22) on Long Island. 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.