By Brantley Hightower
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Each month host Brantley Hightower, AIA tells a story of the built environment through interviews, observations and first-person recollections. Of interest to both architects and those who are interested in architecture, each month we tell a different story about some part of the built environment and the people responsible for its creation.
||Clean25: Come And Borrow It||In Gonzales, Texas there’s a a museum that was built to memorialize a battle. It is a fine museum, but that’s not why we remember the battle today. We remember it because of a flag.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: The Tree Lot||There are used car lots and vacant lots, but there's a very special kind of lot that only appears once a year.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: The Love Station||December is usually the busiest time of year for a post office. But for the post office in Valentine, Texas February is the busiest month.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Lest We Forget||There is a park in San Antonio that once featured a Confederate monument at its center. Then one day the decision was made to tear it down. Their goal in doing this wasn’t to erase history, but to move past it.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Under The Dome||In the past architects have used domes to signify important cultural, religious or political buildings. It turns out what happens under the dome is always pretty special - especially if it is a planetarium dome.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: The View||Architecture can serve many purposes. It can provide shelter and comfort for its inhabitants but it can also frame a view. Sometimes that view is mundane but other times it can literally be out of this world.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: El Lienzo||The architecture of the rodeo is interesting enough but the architecture of the Mexican rodeo - the charreada - is truly amazing.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: The Architect Plays Himself||When actors portray architects in movies they have a lot in common. They tend to be intelligent and creative to be sure, bur they also tend to be male and white.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Taming The Mighty San Antonio||For three hundred years San Antonio has sought to tame the river that runs through it. But for three hundred years the river has also tamed the city of San Antonio.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Whatabuilding||Whataburger may be known for their great hamburgers but they should also be respected for their great architecture.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: West Of The Pecos||Moving your life in a new direction often means moving out west - west of the Pecos to be exact.||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: The Museum||Barney didn't set out to create a Museum of Toilet Seat Art, but that's exactly what he did.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: The Flying Fortress And The Flying Boxcar||When it comes to the design of heavy bombers, looks don't matter. Or do they?||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: 1100 West Abram||Every house has a story; this is the story of my grandfather's house.||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Overland to China||How a river walk much like the one in San Antonio ended up in southwest China.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: The Plaza||City Leaders love to build monuments to their past, but sometimes those monuments acquire meanings that were never intended.||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: Designing For The Pope||Designing for 500,000 is hard. Designing for 500,000 and the Pope is even harder.||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: The Kiddie Park||Places like the Kiddie Park shouldn't exist anymore, but they still do.||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: Remembering The Other Alamo||You know the story of the Alamo in San Antonio, but what about the Alamo in Brackettville?||7/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06: The Architecture Of Fireworks||Fireworks, flags, parades and architecture.||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: Mr. Gordon Goes To Chicago||One of the best designers of courthouses in Texas got one of his biggest breaks in Chicago||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: Under the Bridge||It is not the quality of the space that matters, but the quality of the memories.||5/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: In the Beginning||Before you answer a question, you must first understand the question.||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: A Tale of Two Cotullas||There is a town in south Texas where things moved slowly - at least until 2009 when everything changed.||3/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: We Shape Our Buildings||Twenty years after first hearing a Winston Churchill quote, we learn more about what it meant and what it means.||2/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Concise and clever!
A smart look at architecture, why it matters, and how it affects all of us, delivered in delicious, bite-sized morsels. Hightower not only knows his stuff, he knows how to make it interesting so you can use it at your next dinner party and maybe learn something new about the world around us. More please!
fun for kids of all ages
A fun listen and an easy way to feel instantly smarter. It’s presented thoughtfully for non-architects and architects alike because we all affect and are effected by our built environment. Enjoy!
Whether or not you are a geek on architecture is not the point, this show just works. Incredible production, musicality, and storytelling. Addicting in a healthy way, as balanced as any well designed skyscraper. You must hear this one.