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


British Airways, first fully reclining seats in airplanes, circa early 21st century


Eytan Levi


Ben Hoyle (Boston, USA)
Sheila Kennedy (Boston, USA)
Jeff Landman (Boston, 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 04: Sleep

In the US, the National Sleep Foundation recommends people aged between 18 and 64 to sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night. Yet, relatively reliable studies indicate that the average architecture student sleeps well below 6 hours each night. To what extent does this acceptance of reduced sleep gets maintained throughout design careers? And what are some initial factors that lead various architects to treat rest as negative?

This week, I would like to understand what dictates us to go to bed at some point, and what makes us wake up in the morning. I would like to hear different approaches to sleeping longer than we had allowed ourselves to. I would like to discover what makes some people categorize themselves as a night owl or as a morning person.

What conventions are we taking for granted when it comes to sleep? Why do we go to bed when it gets dark outside? What devices or rituals might we use to enable the acts of falling asleep and waking up? Are certain places more appropriate for an enhanced sleep quality? And should we talk about the experience of sleeping itself? 

In this episode, we will also tackle what replaces vanishing sleep. If we are giving up on sleep, what do we fill our extended days with? Does reclaiming longer nights imply limitations and control over everything else in our life, as suggested in this article to avoid all-nighters?

The disappearance of architecture in sleep. We could probably talk about this topic for hours, but we will only take fifty minutes - at 8:00am - to discuss with more or less early risers Ben Hoyle (MArch '21), Sheila Kennedy (MIT Faculty and co-founder of Kennedy and Violich Architecture), and Jeff Landman (MArch '21).