OCD:DESIGNCAST SUMMER HIATUS 2014
BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT FIRST SEASON OF OCD:DESIGNCAST! It's has been a major success thanks to all of you, the listeners and guests! This summer, we are redesigning the site and lining up more incredible guests. Design in the News will be back at the end of August with more frank and funny weekly coverage of the design world. Until then, OCD:DESIGNCAST is on SUMMER HIATUS! During this time, we are emptying the backlog of interviews with world leaders, designers and thinkers talking about architecture, trans-humanism, local politics, infrastructure, design, community development and urbanism. Also this fall, we have a redesigned website with added functionality and farther reach for easy access to our podcast. We look forward to an amazing 2nd season, and hope you continue to support our brand of obsession with this designcast!
Episode #010: Stuart Mason Dambrot
Neil and Jeff talk the future of humanity, transhumanism and replicating conscience with with Stuart Mason Dambrot. Dambrot is an interdisciplinary science synthesist and communicator. Are we entering a period of society that we will be able to design ourselves beyond being human? Listen to find out.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK MAY 4, 2014
This week Neil and Jeff talk fast food, sustainability & religion + a full download about Jeff's adventures at Moogfest 2014. Do McDonald's 2020 sustainability priorities going far enough or is the hamburger giant just serving up a small order of fries. The Vatican is hosting a sustainability summit to inspire responsibility, but will it influence American evangelicals to go green? Plus, the hosts talk about the world of Moogfest and it is bringing about a new golden age of live performance.
Episode #009: Josh Feldman & Britton Watkins
This episode, Neil and Jeff talk with the creators of the cerebral science fiction film “Senn” and how engaging feature length movies can be made on a “nano-budget”. Senn explores a futuristic world of corporate ownership, aliens and a desire to connect to reality. The show dives into the creative process of set selection, graphics, imagery and world-building.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK Apr 19, 2014
This week on Design in the News, Neil and Jeff talk suburban versus urban and decode the raging debate about which will rule the future of our societal landscape. A recent study founding that suburbia leads to obesity and death by cars, but is that the whole story? This show digs into the recent articles and topics of sprawl, urbanization and transit from the national and international scale. Buckle up, or if you're in a city, tighten your walking shoes, this is gonna get bumpy.
Episode #008: Lloyd Alter
This episode, Neil and Jeff talk with Lloyd Alter, managing editor of treehugger.com. Alter explains the evolution of green small thinking to big concepts that’s shifting our society. He defines the blueprint for the future of cars, housing, cities, bikes, resiliency, sustainability and why we need to build things to last. Plus they discuss the difficulty of creating an infrastructure for non-car transportation, and how green buildings are making for a bike-nation.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK April 12, 2014
This week Neil and Jeff talk how Albuquerque is convincing residents there's no such thing as a poop fairy, the boom of architecture in Brazil, oysters in the Potomac, new accounting methods to value green buildings, what's too close for people to live near nature in Vancouver and are suburbs making us fat, lazy and more likely to die? Plus a sneak peak at our soon to be released interview with Henk Ovink, evangelist and principal of Rebuild by Design
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK April 5, 2014
Neil and Jeff discuss the newly unveiled projects from Rebuild By Design & ask important questions to put them in context. What are the limits of humanitarian architecture, are starchitects the best option for designing the future of resiliency and hurricane relief? Or are there better models for engaging communities to rebuild after disaster? What’s at risk if Rebuild By Design projects are huge failures or run horribly over budget? What's the ultimate potential if they are huge successes?
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK MAR 24, 2014
This week's #DITN is action packed! Neil and Jeff talk the new Pritzker Prize winner and a new film showcasing former Pritzker winners fighting for a museum project + Fast Company’s innovators in business, design & architecture. They talk air pollution in China & how to get more cities going green for real. Also, robotic cleaners for solar farms, top ten states for LEED buildings, SHoP architects and new effort to rethink the standard yard.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK MAR 17, 2014
This week on #DitN, Neil and Jeff talk about arch at SxSW, ban of Tesla's in NJ, TX & 3 other states, how music was altered by Moog, micro-homes for hypro-affordable housing in Hong Kong, true cost of infrastructure improvements and they ask are LEED buildings living up to their promise? Plus a Swedish bicycle moving company and a pedal powered RV for one. All the best news in design, architecture & sustainability in one place!
Episode #007: Adam Stockhausen
This episode, Oscar nominated production designer Adam Stockhausen opens the door into the world of film, design and production. He talks with Neil and Jeff about his work on Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, his nomination for 12 Years a Slave, how he approaches his craft and what it means to be creative with a diverse list of movies and directors.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK MAR 10, 2014
This week, Neil and Jeff talk with James Gerken of Huffington Post Green about his coverage of the Environmental Policy Alliance and it's assault on environmental issues. They also dig deep into the recent attacks on LEED buildings in Washington DC. Plus, they talk about the state of buildings and safety due to the tragic building explosion in New York City this week.
Episode #006: Vanessa Quirk
This episode, OCD:Designcast continues its cover of Women in Architecture with a special interview with Vanessa Quirk, the manager of editorial content for ArchDaily. Neil and Jeff had a chance to talk with Quirk about her recent article entitled "Why Do Women Really Leave Architecture" is the Wrong Question, and to discover what is the right question to ask.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK MARCH 3, 2014
This week, Jeff and Neil talk the newest attack on LEED from front group Environmental Policy Alliance, asking if Chipotle’s is as sustainable as it says, treat Kevin Spacey like a female celebrity, how to use architecture to heal as well as a conversation with Laura Mark about BBC photoshopping women out of building history. Neil recaps his experience at Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Summit in Orlando, FL. And the co-hosts dream of the LA's Arch & Design Film Festival plus much, much more.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of Feb 24, 2014
This week, Neil and Jeff talk with Shaunacy Ferro about her article on fastcodesign.com about LA's DIY Urban Design Kit as well as explore how abortion clinics are designed, the launch of the next round of the federal TIGER grants for transit infrastructure, the call for green infrastructure in New Jersey, the Dictator's Guide to Urban Design and a new kind of design school called Confluence in France. Get all your design news in one sitting.
Episode #005: Joshua Bolchover
Neil and Jeff talk with Joshua Bolchover, one half of the award winning firm Rural Urban Framework (RUF) based in Hong Kong. They discuss his work with Chinese communities and how the projects are using the power of design to have transformative impacts. When China is largely known for the starchitecture in its biggest cities, Bolchover is proving other routes are available to create amazing work that serve the people using the design.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of Feb 17, 2014
This week, we discuss the heated debate about women in architecture with critical articles from Architectural Review and ArchDaily tackling gender imbalance in the profession. Also, What’s the full value of Architecture? We investigate this by looking at Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial debacle and his new Biomuseo in Panama along side the loud the AIA Thomas Jefferson Awards & proclamation by G. Manaugh that Gehry is the world’s worst living architect. Plus, much, much more.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of Feb 10, 2014
This week on Design in the News, we talk the Olympic Games, look at the architecture of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and explore the process to build an entire resort for the games. Is the process to host the games too top-down? Do tight timelines and massive budgets overly affect surrounding communities? These are the questions and more we discuss on this addition of #DitN.
Episode #004: Steven Scyphers, PhD.
This episode, Neil and Jeff talk with Steven Scyphers, interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, National Science Foundation SEES Fellow, coastal ecologist and environmental sociologist. They talk oysters, beaches, tourism and the future of coastlines. Can we survive the sea change of climate change? This episode helps you decide for yourself.
Special Design in the News, Week of Feb 3, 2014
This week's #DitN focuses solely on the architecture, cities and design of Philip Seymour Hoffman's movie career. Through a whirlwind of films, scenes and meanings, Neil and Jeff explore the beauty, complexity and amazement of how buildings, interiors and set design played both a supportive and leading role that reflected the actor's path in cinema as well. Listen to the full episode here.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of JAN 27, 2014
Design in the News is red hot. We talk #MOMAconvo v/s #FolkMoma & the debate that's lit up twitter as well as examples of how old architecture can blend with new buildings along with asking Should Architecture be Marketing or is that sending the wrong message? Plus a call for green infrastructure in the UK, the new reports from RebuildByDesign and Neil's Part 2 interview with Bettery Magazine.
Episode #003: Laura Mark
The Architects' Journal releases its 3rd annual survey of women architects. It reveals widespread discrimination and unequal pay in the profession. Two-thirds of respondents say they have suffered sexual discrimination during their career in architecture along with pressured to choose between family or job. Hosts talk with Laura Mark, reporter for the Architects' Journal about these topics plus many others. Listen to the full interview here.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of JAN 20, 2014
This week's Design in the News highlight the greenest parliament in the world, Dubai's sustainable vision for 2020, surge of tall buildings in 2013, London's solar bridge, International Archive of Women in Architecture, present & future trouble for architecture firms, Starbucks toilet lattes in Hong Kong, call for community engagement with NYC’s construction projects, China's EV vending machine, green infrastructure as economic engine and Neil’s Huffington Post article on infrastructure.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of JAN 13, 2014
This week on Design in the News, Kenya's & Germany's Big Dreams for renewable energy, large carnivores as key to ecological success, sexism in architecture, James Howard Kunstler's perspective on New Jersey, Most Expensive Cities in the World and how architects made the movie Her more realistic (and scary as hell, in Neil's opinion). Listen to Design in the News Now!
Episode #002: Byron Stigge
This episode has Byron Stigge, founder of Level Agency for Infrastructure, discussing with co-hosts Neil Chambers and Jefferson Olmert the mechanics of designing cities from scratch, international need for infrastructure and resiliency in the age of climate change.
DESIGN IN THE NEWS, WEEK of JAN 6, 2014
This week on Design in the News, Neil and Jefferson talk about the MOMA’s decision to demo the American Folk Art Museum, the new Chinese Hotel in the Hole, the Architect’s Journals shortlist for the 2014 Woman Architect of the Year, the high-speed rail pitfalls in politics and how getting a degree in architecture may just lead to unemployment. Listen to the show in its entirety here.
Episode #001: Mike Lydon
For the inaugural show of OCD:Designcast, co-hosts Neil Chambers and Jefferson Olmert talk with Mike Lydon of Street Plans Collaborative about his work with designing transportation systems, bike networks and using Tactical Urbanism as a way to re-envision the future of urban places. Listen to the full conversation here.
Josh Feldman & Britton Watkins
James McGowan & Walter Clarke
Stuart Mason Dambrot
James Howard Kunstler
Urban Green: Architecture for the Future is the premiere book from Neil Chambers tackling the topics of ecology, infrastructure and how to save the world. Available on Amazon.com