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


A studio desk at MIT, earlier in 2020


Eytan Levi


Ginevra D'Agostino (Boston, USA) 
Ardalan Sadeghi Kivi (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 07: Studios

Two months ago, we partly launched WAWD?RADIO as a coronavirus-friendly platform for new student work to emerge in the department. We did not know (and still don't know) for how long we would have to remain physically separated from the spaces where we used to work, think, produce, and socialize. 

Now that the semester is coming to an end, and that most studios have had their final review, I would like to get a sense of what went away with online studios. If we ever return to a physical world, is there anything that we should retain from the unexpected setting many of us had to work in this semester? Were we actually content with the way studios used to function previously? Are design studios a teaching and learning experience that we want to maintain for the years to come?

What is it in online studios that could not be replicated at home? And reciprocally, what is it that we now have that would be a relevant addition to studios? Every architecture school certainly has its own take on design studios. How could we start describing the ones at MIT? 

I will be talking about the evolution of studios with Ginevra D'Agostino (MArch ’22) and Ardalan Sadeghi Kivi (MArch '23), and I am hoping that a few ideas for the future of studios can come back from these conversations.