Night White Skies
By Sean Lally
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Join Sean Lally in conversation about architecture’s future, as both earth’s environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast engages a diverse range of perspectives to get a better picture of the events currently unfolding. This includes philosophers, cultural anthropologists, policy makers, scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Each individual’s work intersects this core topic, but from unique angles. Sean Lally is the founder of the office Weathers. Lally is the author of the book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.
||CleanEp. 030 _ Sarah Thomas Karle and David Karle _ 'Conserving the Dust Bowl'||The United States in 1930’s experienced what is referred to as the dust bowl in which a combination of poor farming and business practices caused massive wind erosion called ‘black blizzards’ that resulted in many farmers abandoning their farms...||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 029 _ Ricardo de Ostos _ 'Creature Conditions'||Ricardo de Ostos creates speculative fictions that envision architectural projects in shifting environmental and cultural contexts. He lives, works and teaches in London at both, the Architectural Association and The Bartlett School of Architecture....||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 028 _ Sara M. Watson _ 'Technology Criticism'||Sara M. Watson is a writer and technology critic. She is an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a writer in residence at Digital Asia Hub. Sara writes and speaks about emerging issues in the...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 027 _ Marcelyn Gow _ 'The Shape of Information'||This week is a conversation with Marcelyn Gow. Marcelyn is an architect and principle of Servo Los Angeles, She received her Architecture degrees from Architectural Association in London, Columbia University and her Doctorite from the ETH Zurich. Her...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 026 _ Tom Wiscombe _ 'A More Robust Discipline'||Tom Wiscombe is Principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture which is currently planning the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art with Developer Tom Gilmore in Downtown LA. As well as the West Hollywood Belltower on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Wiscombe is Chair...||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 025 _ Madeline Schwartzman _ 'See Yourself X'||Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and video making. Her two books ‘See Yourself...||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 024 _ Sophia Roosth _ 'Synthetic Life'||Sophia Roosth is the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. We discuss her book 'Synthetic, How Life Got Made'.||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 023 _ Gareth Damian Martin _ '‘Gaming & Speculative New Worlds’||Gareth Damian Martin is the creator and editor of Heterotopias, a project focusing on the spaces and architecture of virtual worlds. Heterotopias is both a digital zine and website, hosting studies and visual essays that dissect spaces of play,...||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 022 _ Kevin Warwick _ 'New Sensory Perception'||Kevin Warwick's research areas include artificial intelligence, robotics and biomedical engineering. Kevin Warwick is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University. Prior to that he was Professor of Cybernetics at The University of...||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 021 _ Oliver Morton _ ' The Planet Remade'||Oliver Morton is The Economist‘s briefings editor. Before coming to The Economist as energy and environment editor in 2009, he was the chief news and features editor of Nature, the international scientific journal. He is the author of ‘The...||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 020 _ Jesse LeCavalier _ 'The Rule of Logistics'||Jesse LeCavalier is a designer, writer, and educator whose work explores the architectural and urban implications of contemporary logistics. He is assistant professor of architecture at the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT and author...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 019 _ Molly Wright Steenson _ 'Cedric Price's Influence'||On this episode we discuss the architect Cedric Price and the influence of his work and strategies today. Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, writer, and international speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and...||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 018 _ David Biello _ 'The Unnatural World'||David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is currently the science curator for TED Talks and a contributing editor at Scientific American, where he has been writing since 2005....||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP. 017 _ Daisy Ginsberg _ 'Synthetic Biology'||Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, developing experimental approaches to imagine new roles and ideals for design. Designing objects, workshops, writing and curating, Daisy investigates design’s aesthetic and ethical futures...||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP. 016 _ Philippe Rahm _ 'The Gradient'||Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect, principal in the office of Philippe Rahm architectes, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in..||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 015 _ James Hughes _ 'Ethics of Human Enhancement'||James Hughes is a bioethicist and sociologist. He’s the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future.’ He holds...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 014 _ Darran Anderson _ 'Imaginary Travels'||Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities (Influx Press/University of Chicago Press) and the forthcoming Tidewrack (Vintage/Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He has also written the forthcoming e-book In Defence of...||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 013 _ David Gissen _ 'Lost Atmospheres’||David Gissen is the author of books, essays, exhibitions and experimental writings and projects about environments, landscapes, cities, and buildings from our time and the historical past. David is Professor of Architecture and Visual and...||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP. 012 _ Geoff Manaugh _ 'Sentient Landscapes'||Geoff Manaugh is the founder and author of the BLDGBLOG website. Manaugh is a former editor at Dwell magazine, former Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo, and a contributing editor at Wired UK. Manaugh is the editor of Landscape Futures:...||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 011 _ Albert Pope _ 'Is Climate an Architectural Design Problem?'||"Is Climate an Architectural Design Problem?" Albert Pope is the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture. He teaches in the school's Undergraduate and Graduate Program and is currently the director of the school’s Present/Future...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 010_Bradley Cantrell||Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. Professor Cantrell received his BSLA from the University of Kentucky and his MLA from the Harvard...||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 009 _ A Brief Belated Introduction||Episode 009 is a brief and belated introduction about the 'Night White Skies' podcast discussing the shows ambitions and guests going forward.||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 008 _ Gretchen Bakke||Gretchen Bakke is the author of 'The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future'. Gretchen Bakke holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on the chaos and creativity that emerges...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 007 _ Douglas Pancoast||Douglas Pancoast, was featured in New City Magazine's list Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2016. New City featured Douglas for his project, The Array of Things, which will be installed in April, 2016. Awarded a $3.1 million grant by the...||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 006 _ Peter Lloyd Jones||Peter Lloyd Jones is a hybrid innovator, scientist and academic whose initial discoveries have uncovered fundamental mechanisms in stem cell biology, embryogenesis and human disease, including breast cancer and lung development. Jones’s work...||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 005 _ Mitchell Joachim||Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA - is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He as been awarded a Fulbright...||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 004 _ Ed Finn||Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. Ed’s...||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 003 _ Geoffrey Thün & Kathy Velikov||Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov are Associate Professors at the University of Michigan Tuabman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and founding principals of the design-research practice RVTR. Their work and writing explores the agency of...||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 002_Timothy Morton||Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence, Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism and Critical Theory (Chicago,...||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 001 _ Filip Tejchman||Architect & principal of Untitled Office||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Throughtout his career, Sean Lally has proven himself a leading speculative thinker on architecture, landscape architecture, and design. His own work and writing present unique and optimistic views on issues ranging from energy use and architectural form, to how we may live, work, and play in the very near future. Hearing his ideas and those of his guests on a weekly basis is something to look forward to! Night White Skies is a great add to the podcastsphere!
I'm looking forward to more of Lally's conversations with architects and designers who are pushing the boundaries of their fields.
Night White Skies is a fascinating dive into new possibilities for architecture. The podcast manages to weave together discussions on everything from business structure and liability, to the aesthetics of energy in a manner that captivates and provokes. Lally’s clear push beyond the confines of “capital A architecture” provides a fascinating set of examples to explore the topic at hand. Exploring the inequalities of space through the example of riding a subway when your Spotify cuts out, but the person next to you continues their phone conversation provides a relatable way to rethink our assumptions of “accessibility.” Filip Tejchman proves a perfect first guest as the wide range of topics discussed speaks to the possibilities of this project, and especially this podcast. I came away from this episode with new ways to look at the profession of architecture, and I eagerly await the next episodes.