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Episode 32: Limpopo Diaries, Part 3

James Benedict Brown

For almost ten years, second-year Architecture students at the University of Nottingham have been building small educational buildings in South Africa. This year, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment invited me to participate in the 2017/18 edition of the project, building a small crèche in the village of Mothopong, near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province for the Thušanang Trust. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1986 to train teachers and establish community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

This is the third in a series of podcasts to be recorded while I was participating in the project as a guest academic staff member. In this episode, recorded during week two of the second phase of the four-week build, I speak again to staff, students and stakeholders in the project as it nears handover to crèche teacher Joyce (pictured, above right). The project ends with a joyful celebration organised by Joyce and fellow community members, at which the students' #ProjectIthuta became the new Mothopong Crèche.

The call for papers for the forthcoming session on transnational live projects mentioned at the end of the episode can be found at colonialandpostcoloniallandscapes.com/sessions (deadline 30 June, 2018).

These podcasts have been made possible by the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has paid for my travel, accommodation and sustenance while in South Africa. Neither the University nor the Thušanang Trust has approved nor endorsed the views and opinions expressed in these podcasts.

Episode 31: Limpopo Diaries, Part Two

James Benedict Brown

For almost ten years, second-year Architecture students at the University of Nottingham have been building small educational buildings in South Africa. This year, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment invited me to participate in the 2017/18 edition of the project, building a small crêche in a rural village near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province for the Thušanang Trust. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1986 to train teachers and establish community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

This is the second in a series of podcasts to be recorded while I was participating in the project as a guest academic staff member. In this episode, recorded during week one of the second phase of the four-week build, I speak again to structural engineers Lois Plaistow and Steve Wickham of Price & Myers; project manager Assistant Professor Pete Russell, Thušanang Trust Director Terry Morgan and University of Nottingham Faculty of Engineering Project Officer Tony Gospel

For more from the build, check out the #ProjectIthuta hashtag on Twitter. The third and final instalment of the Limpopo Diaries will follow in the coming weeks.

These podcasts have been made possible by the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has paid for my travel, accommodation and sustenance while in South Africa. Neither the University nor the Thušanang Trust has approved nor endorsed the views and opinions expressed in these podcasts.

Episode 30: Limpopo Diaries, Part One

James Benedict Brown

For almost ten years, the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment has been building small educational buildings in South Africa. This year, they invited me to participate in the 2017/18 edition of the project, building a small crêche in a rural village near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province for the Thušanang Trust. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1986 to train teachers and establish community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

This is the first in a series of podcasts to be recorded during the project. This year's crêche was designed by a group of three second-year students in the second year of Nottingham's ARB/RIBA Part 1 Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) programme. It will be built by approximately thirty students in two consecutive two-week phases over the four weeks of the 2018 Easter vacation. I'm in South Africa for phase two.

In this episode, recorded in Nottingham the week before the phase one students departed for Tzaneen, I spoke to some of the project's stakeholders. Although he cannot travel to South Africa this year, John Ramsay has been involved in the projects from their inception and provides an overview of the programme to date. Structural engineers Lois Plaistow and Steve Wickham of Price & Myers have both participated in previous projects, helping students to make their designs buildable. They'll also be on site during phase 1 to help with the construction of the building. Finally, I get to speak with some of the students themselves. 

For more from the build, check out the #ProjectIthuta hashtag on Twitter. Parts two and three of my Limpopo Diaries will appear over the next three weeks.

These podcasts have been made possible by the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has paid for my travel, accommodation and sustenance while in South Africa. Neither the University nor the Thušanang Trust has approved nor endorsed the views and opinions expressed in these podcasts.

Episode 29: Bryan Bell, Design Corps, SEED, & NC State

James Benedict Brown

The 2017 AAE conference (see episode 26) presented the opportunity to sit down with Bryan Bell, Founder and Executive Director of Design Corps and Associate Professor of Architecture at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. We spoke about his experiences of architectural education and practice, from studying under Peggy Guggenheim to meeting and working with Sam Mockbee. After grad school, he worked for a brief period in the office of Steven Holl before realising his calling lay elsewhere.

Bell is the editor of Good Deeds, Good Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), co-editor with Katie Wakeford of Expanding Design: Architecture as Activism (Metropolis Press, 2008), and co-editor with Lisa M. Abendroth or both the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook (Routledge, 2015) and the forthcoming Public Interest Design Education Guidebook (Routledge, 2018).

Bryan is also the co-founder of the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Network, who are collaborating with the Pacific Rim Community Design Network for the 2018 SEED + Pacific Rim Awards Competition celebrating excellence in Public Interest Design. Three winners will be selected by each of the two networks that represent their principles and selection criteria, with six winning projects receiving a USD3,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at the National University of Singapore on December 14-16, 2018. Click here for more information about the competition - the deadline is 23:59EST on 15 July 2018, and winners will be announced on 4 September 2018.

Episode 28: Regina Loukotová, ARCHIP, Prague

James Benedict Brown

In the second of two episodes from the Czech Republic, this podcast features an interview with Regina Loukotová, Rector of ARCHIP (the Architecture Institute in Prague). Founded in 2010 and enrolling its first students in 2011, ARCHIP is a private school of architecture in Prague, offering undergraduate and graduate programmes in English. Founded by Loukotová and her late husband Martin Roubík (1949–2008), ARCHIP was established to change the way in which architecture was taught and discussed in the Czech Republic.

Note: this interview was recorded in January 2017, before ARCHIP moved from its home in Letná to DOX in Poupetova in January 2018.

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Episode 27: Henri Achten, MOLAB, ČVUT Prague

James Benedict Brown

Last year, I lead a field trip with third-year undergraduates from Leicester School of Architecture to Prague. Amongst the usual architectural sightseeing and walking tours, our trip included a visit to two very different schools of architecture, which form the basis of the next two episodes of the podcast.

Dr Henri Achten is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University (České vysoké učení technické v Praze, CVUT), Prague, and scientific manager of MoLab, the Faculty's Experimental Design Studio, researching parametric & performative design thinking, contemporary design theory, and rapid prototyping in the design process, as well as offering design studio units with a focus in these areas to students.

Henri was kind enough to give my students a brief tour of the Faculty, before sitting down with me for a short conversation discussing his own journey into research and teaching. He was the first architecture student to use virtual reality to present his MSc diploma project, at TU Eindhoven in 1992, continuing to write a PhD about the classification of graphic elements in architectural drawings and the knowledge embodied in them. He is a current Council Member - and former Vice President and former President - of the Association for Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), a non-profit association promoting good practice in the use of computers in research and education in architecture.

Note: this episode was recorded 13 months ago, in January 2017. Henri has subsequently been appointed Vice-Dean of Science, Research, and Artistic Activity.

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Episode 26: AAE 2017 - Architecture Connects, September 2017

James Benedict Brown

The podcast's return continues with a look back at the fourth international conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) Architecture Connects, held at Oxford Brookes University from 6-9 September 2017. The podcast begins with a conversation with the chair of the conference committee Jane Anderson, and continues with students and academic delegates from around the world.

Photos from the conference are available here and below is a short film of the student live build that was underway throughout the conference, using 1,200 reclaimed carpet tiles provided by Greenstream Flooring.

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Episode 25: Richard Hall

James Benedict Brown

After a break of almost a year, the podcast is back. We begin with a conversation recorded last autumn with Richard Hall, Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester. Richard co-founded the Institute for Education Futures at DMU, a cross-faculty centre for pedagogic research, through which I met Richard while working on cross-faculty research into learning and teaching. Recorded during the British political party conference season, and just a few days before I left DMU in September 2017, in this episode we discuss Richard's work in education, his politics and his beloved Walsall FC. 

Richard's website is here and his DMU profile is here, and you can find out more about DMU's Institute for Education Futures here.

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Episode 24: live from day two of NCBDS 33

James Benedict Brown

Slightly later than originally promised, episode 24 is the second of two "live" conference podcasts from the 33rd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) hosted by the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning. This episode features informal conversations with some of the delegates at the conference on the second day of the conference.

Special thanks to NCBDS 33 Chair Erin Carraher, Co-Chairs Cord Bowen, Jonathan Mills and Elpitha Tsoutsounakis, and all the College of Architecture & Planning student volunteers who made the event possible.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been made possible in part by the Teaching Innovation Project fund and the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 23: live from day one of NCBDS 33

James Benedict Brown

Episode 23 is the first of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 33rd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) hosted by the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning. This episode features informal conversations with co-chairs and delegates during the first full day of the conference.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been made possible in part by the Teaching Innovation Project fund and the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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The Arch. Ed. Podcast - an update

James Benedict Brown

After an unplanned eight month interlude, the Arch. Ed. Podcast is back. In this brief update from Salt Lake City, Utah, I offer an apology for the radio silence, and have some news about forthcoming episodes coming later this week and later this month.

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Episode 22: Michael Jemtrud - "I like to be able to work with a little"

James Benedict Brown

After delivering a keynote lecture at the Architecture_MPS conference in Bristol earlier this year, Professor Michael Jemtrud of McGill University's School of Architecture invited me to stop by during my recent visit to Montréal. Michael is the Founding Director of Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM), and his teaching and research at McGill's School of Architecture includes a number of collaborations in the city and province.

We talked about two projects in which Michael and his students have been deeply involved: Le Salon 1861, a co-working and community space in a deconsecrated historic church in the heart of Montréal's Little Burgundy, and Little Burgundy Narratives, an ongoing research-creation project in the same neighbourhood.

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Episode 21: ASN Sheffield - Collaborating Across Borders

James Benedict Brown

University of Sheffield Arts Tower

Five days before the UK's referendum on the country's continuing membership of the European Union, the Architecture Students Network convened a one day conference at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) Collaborating Across Borders.

Following trigger papers from Prof. Fionn Stevenson (SSoA Head), Peggy Lim (outgoing Sheffield Students' Union International Students' Officer) and Deborah Cobbett (English language instructor), the conference broke for lunch. While we browsed the SSoA end of year show, I asked student delegates for their perspectives on the internationalisation of architectural education and the upcoming referendum.

The conference programme and more info about the ASN could be found here.

Episode 20: Carole Levesque - "I thought architecture was so boring"

James Benedict Brown

Carole Levesque in her office at UQAM

In episode 20, the first of three episodes recorded in Montréal, Québec, I speak to Professor Carole Levesque at the School of Design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).

We first heard from Carole in episode 12 of the podcast, when I met her at the 2016 AIARG Conference in Cork, Ireland. In this episode, we take more time to discuss her teaching, research, live projects and emerging project to map and represent the terrains vagues (leftover spaces) of the island of Montréal.

Episode 19: Lorraine Farrelly & Flora Samuel on Architecture at the University of Reading

James Benedict Brown

In episode 19 I take time out from the recent aae 2016 conference to talk to Professors Lorraine Farrelly and Flora Samuel about the new BSc Architecture course at the University of Reading, which opens in autumn 2016. We discuss the establishment of a research culture and teaching environment.

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Episode 18: live from day two of AAE 2016

James Benedict Brown

Episode 18 is the second of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 3rd international conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London. In this episode, I talk to some of the delegates during on the second day of this year's conference at school's temporary home at 132 and 140 Hampstead Road.

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Episode 17: live from day one of AAE 2016

James Benedict Brown

Episode 17 is the first of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 3rd international conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London,  In this episode, I talk to some of the delegates during the first full day of this year's conference at school's temporary home at 132 and 140 Hampstead Road.

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Episode 16: Radical Pedagogies, with Harriet Harriss & Daisy Froud

James Benedict Brown

Episode 16 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast talks to Dr. Harriet Harriss and Daisy Froud, co-editors of Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition, published in May 2015 by RIBA Publishing. 

Featuring chapters by Mel Dodd, Sam Jacob, Alan Powers, Jack Self, Tatjana Schneider and others, Radical Pedagogies presents a debate about the future of architectural education, placing it within its unique historic tradition and raising questions as to where architecture schools should be situated, who should be teaching it and what should be included.

For a limited time only, RIBA Bookshops are offering Arch. Ed. Podcast listeners an exclusive offer: 20% off Radical Pedagogies. To claim your discount, order Radical Pedagogies from RIBA Bookshops and apply your discount code RADPEDS2016 at the checkout. The voucher expires on 1 May 2016.  It can be used once for a single transaction and excludes postage and packing.  Full terms & conditions are available at ribabookshops.com.

Episode 15: guns in the design studio

James Benedict Brown

From 1 August 2016, students will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on public college and university campuses in Texas. So how do educators at Texan schools of architecture feel about teaching students who may be armed?

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been supported in part by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 14: live from day two of NCBDS 32

James Benedict Brown

Episode 14 is the second of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In this episode, the conference moves to the Cal Poly campus in beautiful (and I mean beautiful) SLO.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been supported in part by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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