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The Renaissance of London Architecture

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
Samuel Johnson

London is not a city of monuments but a metropolis of glances and slightly hidden surfaces. Once obscured by the fog, it now fades into the drizzle or creates the backdrop for the ebbs and flows of the crowd absorbed more in their phones than the streets they are walking through.

London is not characterized by any particular architectural style, having accumulated its buildings over a long period of time. Few structures predate the Great Fire of 1666, with notable exceptions including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Banqueting House and several scattered Tudor survivors in the City of London.

The city itself contains a wide variety of styles, progressing through Wren’s late 17th-century churches and the financial institutions of the 18th and 19th century such as the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England, to the early 20th century Old Bailey and the 1960s Barbican Estate.

The city’s institutional framework has been severely ruptured and reinvented time and time again after fires, bombs, floods or wholesale redevelopment. Political unrest and racial conflict have resulted in riots, while successive rounds of investment and disinvestment have replaced elements of the built environment many times over.

By 2065, the UK population may rise by 25% to as much as 80.5 million, making it one of the EU’s most populous cities. This will create many challenges. There is a great opportunity for London to evolve and reinvent itself, fostering a better quality of life for their inhabitants.

Check out the latest book New London Architecture, by Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Financial Times, and author of more than a dozen books.

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USC Architecture: Welcoming a New Leader

On July 1st, USC School of Architecture will welcome a new dean, Milton Curry. Curry arrives from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he is associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. Curry founded the Critical Productive Journal, which examined scholarship and creative pursuits in architecture, urbanism and cultural theory. He also co-founded Appendix Journal in the early 1990s, which helped to catalyze debate on architecture and race, among other subjects.

Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a master’s in architecture with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His concentration was architecture theory.

The Mission and the USC Architecture Presence

The architecture program at USC began as a small architectural department in 1916. With the help of the Allied Architects of Los Angeles, a separate School of Architecture was established in 1925. By 1928, majors and degree-granting programs were provided to students. One of the earliest undergraduate programs was the 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program. Over the years, the school grew and expanded its influence as one of the premier architecture programs in the country.

USC Architecture took over maintenance of the Gamble House, the Craftsman masterpiece in Pasadena designed by Greene and Greene in 1966 in a joint deed with the city of Pasadena, which took over responsibility for the grounds.

Notable Alumni

• Frank O. Gehry – B. Arch, 1954. Notable works include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Experience Music Project, and Dancing House. Pritzker Prize laureate.
• Thom Mayne – B. Arch, 1968. Notable works include the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the San Francisco Federal Building. Pritzker Prize laureate.
• Jon Jerde – B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Canal City Hakata, Mall of America, Westfield Horton Plaza, and Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.
Paul Revere Williams – B. Arch, 1934. Designed homes for numerous celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz. First African American member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Recipient of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal.
• Edward Killingsworth – B. Arch. 1940. Participated in the Case Study Houses experiment. Master planning architect for California State University, Long Beach for over 40 years. Designed Watt Hall and the University Religious Center at USC.
• Gregory Ain – Attended the school from 1927-1928. Former professor at the USC School of Architecture and dean of the school of architecture at Pennsylvania State University.
• Albert Nozaki – B. Arch, 1933. Academy-Award nominated art director for Paramount Pictures. Known for work on The War of the Worlds and The Ten Commandments. Career was disrupted when he was interned at Manzanar during World War II.
• Boris Dramov – B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Third Street Promenade.

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Architecture Podcasts: Finding the Elusive Content

Let’s talk about podcasts! Whether you are a fan or not, the fact is podcasts are a very accessible and convenient way to consume topics across a huge section of society. Whatever your interests may be, there is a podcast out there waiting for you. If you are a regular consumer of podcast content and interested in architecture & design, there are fantastic podcasts available to you.

A Bit of a Background on Podcasts

Podcasting, once an obscure method of spreading information, has become a recognized medium for distributing audio content, whether for corporate or personal use. Podcasts are similar to radio programs, but they are audio files. Listeners can play them at their convenience, using devices that have become commonplace in our society, such as smartphones and tablets.

Some have labeled podcasting as a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, and portable digital platforms, as well as a disruptive technology that has caused some people in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production, and distribution. Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and can often be created for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional model of “gate-kept” media and production tools. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, and both can engage in conversations with each other.

Architecture, Design and Podcasts

Spread across the spectrum of content, there are more and more podcasts specifically targeting the architectural and design community. These digital programs are simply fantastic because they provide such a broad view of the architectural and design world, on a global scale. The best part of podcasts for the consumer is their portability. No matter where you go, you can have fresh content available that opens up new perspective on the architecture and design professions. Nothing could be simpler that syncing your device in a vehicle and enjoying the latest podcast in between appointments or job sites.

Here are some resources for links to podcasts focused on Architecture and Design:

11 Architecture, Design and Urbanism Podcasts to Start Listening to Now

The 8 Best Podcasts for Architects

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The Business of Architecture