76: Albert Williamson Taylor (Part 1)
Albert Williamson Taylor is a design engineer and founder of AKT II.
“The goal has always got to be the project – the design – everything else is just an inconvenience. Even deciding to start a practice was very much that. It’s a means to an end, and the end in my view is being able to contribute with your abilities, rather than what’s expected of you.” – AWT
Scaffold is an Architecture Foundation podcast, produced by Matthew Blunderfield
83: Karin Templin (At Home in London: The Mansion Block)40:32Karin Templin is an architect, educator, and author of the book At Home in London: The Mansion Block, co-published by The Architecture Foundation and MACK. This book is first in a series on types of London housing, reflecting on the place of the home in the city in the light of its longstanding housing crisis. To find out more visit mackbooks.co.uk
62: Lesley Lokko (April 2022)01:03:59This episode originally aired in April 2022. Lesley Lokko is founder of the African Futures Institute and curator of the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale.“I don’t see myself as being ‘the future’, but the expanded field [of architecture] that I’ve operated in for most of my life has given me something that is of use to he generation coming behind me, so that no matter how I end up making my living, I see myself first and foremost as a teacher.”Scaffold is an Architecture Foundation production. For more information visit https://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/
82: Sumayya Vally59:56Sumayya Vally is a Musilm South African architect, and founder of the practice Counterspace. “Architecture is abstract, and I think what I’m doing in my practice is making a concerted effort to find different sources for the origins of that abstraction. I think what has happened in the cannon and in the profession more broadly is that we’ve inherited so much that we don’t deeply question…I think the languages that we’ve inherited could do with being supplemented or oven being overtaken, dare I say, by other origins, that come from different ways of being and different value systems.”– SVScaffold is an Architecture Foundation production, hosted by Matthew Blunderfield.
81: David Gissen44:19David Gissen is a New York-based author, designer, and educator who works in the fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design. His book, The Architecture of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2023) has been praised as “an exhilarating manifesto” and a “complete reshaping about how we view the development and creation of architecture.” The Architecture of Disability offers a critical perspective on histories and futures of buildings, cities, and landscapes — beyond a sole focus on the problems of accessibility.Scaffold is an Architecture Foundation production, hosted by Matthew Blunderfield
80: b+46:17b+ is a collaborative architecture practice that operates across different media and formats. The practice seeks to engage with challenges of eco-social transformation and adaptive reuse, and to contribute to the societal transformation with ecologically and economically viable answers.“Why does the political right have better propaganda than the left? It’s perhaps because the right is situated in the 'no' – the 'yes' is much more difficult to propagandise. It’s therefore necessary to find positive claims that can be engaged with almost instantaneously – in a way, that’s the architectural project”
79: Julian Opie01:00:32Julian Opie is an artist based in London. We create models to deal with the world and to function in the world. It’s how we perceive the world and our own life and existence, drawing from the world a language that can then be shared and used to talk about existence – JOScaffold is an Architecture Foundation production, hosted by Matthew Blunderfield
78: Carmody Groarke53:10Carmody Groarke is an architecture practice based in London."This idea of thinness [of surfaces] has to do with pragmatism and thrift, but it's also a contemporary challenge of buildings – now that we've disassembled the monolithic way of traditional construction we have to consider the making of walls in a different way, and yet we enjoy that discipline of making the most with the least."
77: Albert Williamson Taylor (Part 2)54:00Albert Williamson Taylor is a design engineer and founder of AKT II.“The goal has always got to be the project – the design – everything else is just an inconvenience. Even deciding to start a practice was very much that. It’s a means to an end, and the end in my view is being able to contribute with your abilities, rather than what’s expected of you.” – AWTScaffold is an Architecture Foundation podcast, produced by Matthew Blunderfield