Architecture Talk Podcast

The objective of the GAHTC podcasts is to introduce various modules within the GAHTC. Rather than a summary of the contents of the Module, the podcast will engage the voice of the team leader, with the objective of gaining a sense of the underlying intentions and interests of the module. This should help clarify and establish the intellectual aim of GAHTC, as its authors search for new epistemic horizons, along with providing the teaching materials themselves.

The Architecture of First Societies

Mark Jarzombek
MIT Professor Mark Jarzombek discusses his GAHTC module on the Architecture of First Societies, establishing the importance of thinking architecture beyond established canons based on cities and technology. Instead he argues the origins of architecture in the ‘social package’ and in the representational networks of ‘modeling’.
28:07 Mins.

Crossroads of Civilizations: The Medieval Mediterranean

Carla Keyvanian
Carla Keyvanian, Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, talks about her module for GAHTC that looks at the ‘Medieval’ architecture as a product of the complex cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean, that includes Islamic, African
34:53 Mins.

Global Modernism

Tom Avermaete
Tom Avermaete and I discuss his GAHTC module, co-authored with Michelangelo Sabatino, on the historiography of mid-century modernism. Entitled "The Global Turn" the six lectures of their module articulate an alternative history of modernism as a network
53:32 Mins.

On the Peripheries of Contact in Medieval Central Asia

Manu P. Sobti
Dr. Manu P. Sobti, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Director of the Higher Degree Research Program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, discusses his co-authored GAHTC module, Peripheries of Contact, which explores the architecture and urbanism created by migrant populations who traversed Central Asia and engaged with 'settled' peoples at the edges of their world. We discuss migration, loss and memory; graphic design, photography and cultural landscapes; the Mongols, Timurs, Uzbeks, Russians, Delhi Sultanates and Islamic identity in the medieval times.
The Periphery is not just a spatial or formal is also a temporal category, a place where time stops or starts in particular ways.
50:42 Mins.

Camels, Horses and Other Technologies of Global Communication

Shundana Yusaf
Camels, ships, roads, railways, electricity.....This week we talk with Shundana Yusaf, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, and discuss the concept and approach to her fascinating co-authored GAHTC module about architecture and the technologies of transportation and communication. Her research has looked at topics as rich and wide ranging as the BBC and Empire in the age of wireless communication as well as Sufi shrines and hyperconnectivity.
47:01 Mins.

Global Materials and Techniques of Islamic Architecture

Christian Hedrick
We talk with Architectural historian Christian Hedrick, currently working at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT as a researcher, visiting lecturer at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University and GAHTC contributor
53:27 Mins.

World History, Global History, Architecture

Anand Yang
In this podcast we discuss the countours, ambitions and politics of World History, especially in terms of material culture, with University of Washington historian Anand Yang. While focused on Anand's work on Indian Ocean trade and convict ship convoys that plied there during the colonial period. Our discussion covers connected topics such as subaltern studies, nationalism, the regional vs the global, convict labor and civil society, the Protestant work ethic and Big history.
History develops as a discipline in the shadows of the Nation State and is always tied to the Nation State…
53:27 Mins.

Apocaloptimism - Climate Change and global history

Daniel Barber
This week we discuss the GAHTC module on Climate and Global History with Daniel Barber, Chair of the graduate Architecture group at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. discussion topics include: ecology in non-modernist cultures, tropical modernism, new narratives of ecological thinking, designing for discomfort, and architecture as the mediation between the infrastructural and the personal. Image: Victor and Aladar Olgyay at the Princeton Architectural Laboratory, c. 1955
When we are comfortable in our thermally optimized spaces, we know that that has dramatic, detrimental effects on the global climate.
56:05 Mins.

How to Think the Global

Mark Jarzombek
In today's episode, we engage in a far-ranging and open-ended discussion on the question of the global with my longtime collaborator Mark Jarzombek. Circulating around the question of the larger agenda of the global, discussion topics include the modernity and its critiques, the nation-state and its limits, autobiography and its pitfalls, and what are the ways in which global thinking (dis)connects with deconstruction.
Where does one enter, and where does one exit out of the modern?
68:05 Mins.