The Midnight Charette

The Midnight Charette
The Midnight Charette is a brutally honest podcast about design, architecture and current events.
#64 - Bizarre Bathroom Behavior, Why Instagram’s New Office is Terrible & The Censorship of Architects
Jul 17 • 101 min
This week David and Marina talk bizarre bathroom behaviors, visiting the Hearst Tower in NYC, snobs in elevators, why Instagram’s new office design is terrible, curiosity in conversations, hosting interviews, why architects are censored and more! -…
#63 - David Basulto, Founder, CEO & Editor-In-Chief of ArchDaily, The World’s Most Visited Architecture Website
Jul 10 • 113 min
This week we are joined by David Basulto - Founder, CEO and Editor-In-Chief of ArchDaily, The World’s Most Visited Architecture Website - to discuss how news & design media impacts architecture, the team behind ArchDaily, why ArchDaily matters, current…
#62 - Kevin Wong, Photographer, Instagram Influencer & Architectural Designer
Jul 2 • 158 min
This week are joined by Kevin Wong - Photographer, Instagram Influencer and Architectural Designer - to discuss living in Hong Kong, his journey from photographing as a hobby to shooting for companies like BMW, Leica, Nike and HypeBeast, becoming an…
#61 - Is Branding Necessary? Materiality & Why Modern Construction is Perverse
Jun 26 • 116 min
This week we talk racist tweets, censorship, Architect Odile Decq’s belief in strong personalities and bold designs, “Is having a branding necessary?”, visiting marble quarries, materiality, why modern construction is perverse, Norman Foster’s Hearst…
#60 - Young Architect Michael Riscica on Passing the Architect Registration Exams and Entrepreneurial Advice
Jun 19 • 186 min
This week we are joined by the “Young Architect” Michael Riscica! We discuss his crazy path to becoming a licensed architect, strategies for passing the architecture exams, NCARB, the AIA, gender issues in the profession, his entrepreneurial success, him…
#59 - Is Design Culture-Specific & Could Corbusier’s Ronchamp be Designed in Revit?
Jun 12 • 109 min
This week we talk copying and selling designs, the effects of cultural identity on creative work, Korean skin, architecture and music genres and “Could Corbusier’s Ronchamp be designed in Revit?”
#58 - David Briggs, Architect & Co-Founder of Gowanus by Design
Jun 5 • 204 min
This week David Briggs, Architect and Co-Founder of Gowanus By Design joins us to discuss New York City in the 80s, gentrification, urban preservation, the planning challenges of Gowanus (a neighborhood in Brooklyn) and its severely polluted canal,…
#57 - French Architecture School & Vomit Omelettes
May 29 • 103 min
This week we talk French Architecture school, living off of chili with cream cheese, sororities & vomit omelettes, Wakanda salutes, surviving school, cutting off parts of fingers, fitting in with happy people, loogies, blood and more delicious things!…
#56 - Dong-Ping Wong, Architect & Founder of FOOD & +POOL (The World’s First Water-Filtering Floating Pool)
May 22 • 116 min
This week Architect Dong-Ping Wong, Founding Parter of FOOD joins us to discuss architecture design process, running a firm, +POOL (the world’s first water-filtering floating pool), design education, rendering styles and much more! Dong-Ping Wong has…
#55 - The 9/11 Development, Dance-Offs & Public Parks
May 15 • 96 min
This week we discuss the 9/11 development, hurricane Sandy, privatizing public parks, comparing film-making to design, the subway crazy bike lady, FRIENDS and more! Send us ideas! at
#54 - Franz Hoffman, Co-Founder of Fontself
May 10 • 118 min
This week we are joined by Franz Hoffman the co-founder of Fontself, a plug-in that enables graphic designer to create custom fonts. We discuss technology’s impact on design, why typography matters, the challenges of starting a business, designing for…
#53 - Surviving Design Critiques & The Challenges of Podcasting
May 1 • 107 min
This week we talk “Quiet Clubbing” & “Silent Parties”, Coachella outfits, putting cats with check-in baggage, photographing while traveling and the challenges of Podcasting. In hour two we discuss design presentations, reviews, critics and learning design.
#52 - Architect & Writer Michael Sorkin on Urbanism, Teaching Design & Architecture
Apr 24 • 71 min
This week we are joined by Michael Sorkin to discuss neighborhoods, gentrification, smart cities, city development, teaching design and more! Michael is an architect, educator and writer. He is the founder of Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform - The…
#51 - Ben Meade, Design Director of Alloy Development on Architecture & Revamping Park Ave.
Apr 17 • 172 min
This week Ben Meade, Design Director at Alloy Development joins us to discuss architecture, his work at Alloy, his crazy move to New York and his winning proposal with design group Maison to revamp Park Avenue in Manhattan as part of the design…
#50 - Rude Monks & Why Kyoto Was ‘Meh’
Apr 10 • 114 min
This week we discuss visiting Japan: tourist traps, why Kyoto wasn’t that great, the lamest monkey park ever, staying at a temple with rude monks, eating octopus on a stick and fatty tuna sushi that melts in your mouth!
#49 - Japan’s Butt-Cleaning Toilets, Clean Subways & Tasty Ramen
Apr 3 • 78 min
This week we discuss our trip to Japan! Japan’s amazingly clean public transportation systems and sidewalks, butt-cleaning toilets and the best ramen ever.
#48 - Gender Equality in Architecture Offices & Why Social Media Divides Us
Mar 27 • 102 min
This week: A survey of Norman Foster’s office shows it pays 10.5% more to its men and there are less women in senior positions (what do general surveys like this actually mean? Should we aim to have equal parts men and women in offices?), a re-useable…
#47 - Richard Meier: Accused of Sexual Assault & Elon Musk’s Public Transportation Proposal
Mar 20 • 93 min
This week we discuss the accusations of Richard Meier sexually harassing his employees, the future of Meier’s office, city design and why Elon Musk’s proposal for underground transportation could ruin our cities.
#46 - Preservationists, Feminists & the Tallest Building Ever to be Demolished
Mar 13 • 102 min
This week we discuss Chase Bank’s plans to demolish it’s current headquarters. Located in Midtown Manhattan, 270 Park Avenue will be the tallest building ever demolished. The problem? Preservationists, historians and feminists want it saved! The…
#45 - Wire-Walking the WTC & the Hasidic Jewish Community in NYC
Feb 26 • 66 min
This week we discuss Philippe Petit (the man who wire-walked between the WTC twin towers), how the french eat cheese, awkward encounters with former coworkers, shrimp hoarding old people, the fascinating and frightening community of the Hasidic Jews in…
#44 - Why Black Panther Was Not That Amazing & Lost Designers Teaching Design
Feb 26 • 77 min
This week we discuss why Black Panther was great, but not as amazing as everyone says it is, annoying people in theaters, saluting Wakanda Forever, glitter poops, headless people, lost architects often want to teach design… but should they? and more!
#43-2 - Nicky Chang, Program Director of the Non-Profit Architecture Practice Talks
Feb 20 • 76 min
This week Architectural Designer and Program Director of the non-profit Architectural Practice Talks, Nicky Chang joins us to discuss her new position as the Head of Design & Strategy at a restaurant startup in NYC, running a non-profit for young…
#43-1 - Nicky Chang, Program Director of the Non-Profit ‘Architecture Practice Talks’ for Young Designers
Feb 19 • 83 min
This week Architectural Designer and a founding member of the non-profit Architectural Practice Talks organization Nicky Chang joins us to discuss her new position as the Head of Design & Strategy at a restaurant startup in NYC, running a non-profit for…
#42 - Why Designers Should Travel, Does Architecture Matter? & Almost Dying in a Dessert Canyon
Feb 12 • 95 min
This week we discuss the new ‘hotel’ business “Roam Innovative Workplace”, traveling as a “local”, almost dying in a dessert canyon, bad neighborhood aesthetics, why architecture is important and ineffective, and more!
#41-2 - Why Pinterest is Bad for Designers and Architecture School in Iran
Feb 6 • 81 min
This week architectural and urban designer Mahshad Ahmadzadeh discusses what it’s like to be a woman in construction, architecture school in Iran, architects who don’t practice architecture, why Pinterest is bad for designers, tv dating shows and more!
#41-1 - Designer Mahshad Ahmadzadeh on the Gentrification of Cuba & Interior Design Construction!
Feb 5 • 87 min
This week architectural and urban designer Mahshad Ahmadzadeh discusses traveling to Peru, Americans buying real estate in Cuba, the gentrification of communities, getting laid off, interior design offices, getting hit on through LinkedIn, working with…
#40 - Should Prayer Be a Part of Public Schooling?
Jan 29 • 74 min
This week we take a break from design to discuss a lighter topic… Religion! Recently a student in Louisiana sued her public school for forcing her to pray during class hours. Is this right??
#39-2 - The Design Process of Fashion Designer Brett Gangs
Jan 23 • 79 min
Part 2! We discuss why design partners are close-minded, Silicon Valley’s tech people, apocalypse bunkers in New Zealand, the process of Gangs Studio, ‘Is design wasteful and superfluous?’, building and designing by hand and much more!
#39-1 - Fashion Designer Brett Gangs on Design Competitions and #MeToo
Jan 22 • 84 min
This week we are joined by Fashion Designer Brett Gangs, Partner of Gangs Studio. The three discuss fashion design school and industry, luxury brands, fast-fashion companies, the #metoo and #timesup movements, designing on a budget, design competitions,…
#38 - Dirty Vegan Roommates and Hipsters Have Ruined Design!
Jan 14 • 97 min
This week we discuss bible-reading racist & dirty vegan roommates, dead pets in freezers, ‘Is WeLive worth it?’, bullshit pilates, woodshedding, David thinks hipsters have ruined design and much more!
#37 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Genius of John Williams
Jan 8 • 95 min
This week we review Star Wars: The Last Jedi, epic movie soundtracks, discuss the genius of John Williams (composer of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Jaws), ethnicity, mean Chinese teachers, novice musicians and David gives his thoughts on…
#36 - Hitchhiking, Bra Trees and Boob Jobs
Jan 2 • 79 min
The girls episode! This week Marina sits down with Architects Iti Pawha and Jasmine Fox to discuss hitchhiking in Ireland, Guinness, bra trees, boob jobs, weight gains, Japanese nude baths, ‘the three rules for tattoos’, cannibalistic dreams, fortune…
#35 - PT Student Christine Mar on Competitive Gymnastics and Sports Surgeries
Dec 26, 2017 • 120 min
This week David sits down with guests Christine Mar and Justin Nuckles. Christine is a former level 10 gymnast and is currently getting her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in NYC. The three discuss the world of competitive gymnastics, sports injuries,…
#34 - Monday’s Pipe Bombing in NYC and the Misuse of Eminent Domain
Dec 18, 2017 • 78 min
This week we discuss Monday’s pipe bombing in NYC, group mentalities, annoying people who talk about sports teams, “Are the Olympics a waste of resources?”, icons & city development, eminent domain, developer & political corruption in the development of…
#33 - Cinema and Why the iPhone X is a Huge Improvement
Dec 12, 2017 • 95 min
This week we discuss whether or not Santa is a pedophile, holidays, traveling, Thor Ragnorak, Eyes Wide Shut, the comparisons between cinema & architecture, advancements in technology & design, and David shares his thoughts on his new iPhone X!
#32 - Architect Richard Lee on Design Education and Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall
Dec 5, 2017 • 115 min
This week’s guest is California Architect Richard Lee. Richard has practiced Architecture for over 30 years and has experience in a wide variety of building types. He currently holds his own practice in Southern California. David and Richard discuss the…
#31 - Tech Team Leader Kevin Kwan on Work Productivity and Pointless Microwave Buttons
Nov 28, 2017 • 112 min
Guest of the week Kevin Kwan currently leads the technology team at an executive recruiting agency. This week David and Kevin talk website design templates, work productivity, team management, social development, ‘Is competition good for kids?’, social…
#30-2 - Architect Iti Pawha on Architecture Graduate School and Firm Organization
Nov 22, 2017 • 80 min
This week’s guest is Iti Pawha. Iti is an Architect in New York currently working on multi-story residential projects across the country. Iti was born in India, educated in Singapore and in the US. The three discuss indy cinema, 80s aesthetics, is…
#30-1 - Architect Iti Pawha on Singapore and Single-Party Governments
Nov 21, 2017 • 87 min
This week’s guest is Iti Pawha. Iti is an Architect in New York currently working on multi-story residential projects across the country. Iti was born in India, educated in Singapore and in the US. The three discuss India, Singapore, the benefits of…
#29-2 - Accidentally Going to a Gay Bar and Why Are Architects Underpaid?
Nov 10, 2017 • 63 min
This week features Pierce Clark. Pierce is a New York real estate developer and architectural designer, currently working for one of the top real estate companies in New York City. The three discuss development and architecture, the low salaries of…
#29-1 - NYC Developer Pierce Clark on the Profession of Architecture
Nov 7, 2017 • 106 min
This week features Pierce Clark. Pierce is a New York real estate developer and architectural designer, currently working for one of the top real estate companies in New York City. The three discuss development and architecture, the problems of the…
#28 - Encounters with Racists on the Subway and Design Presentations
Oct 31, 2017 • 116 min
This week we discuss bathroom problems, going commando, David is on crutches, crazy stupid racists on the subway, architecture reviews, design presentations, bad critics, design education and much more!
#27 - Architect Jasmine Kelly on Silent Meditation for 10 Days
Oct 23, 2017 • 100 min
This week’s guest is NYC Architect and pilates instructor Jasmine Kelly. Jasmine discusses pilates, meditating & not talking for ten days, the differences between men & women employees, architecture theses & reviews, sibling pranks, crazy people on the…
#26 - Review: Blade Runner 2045 and Hipster Aesthetics
Oct 16, 2017 • 81 min
This week we talk smuggling cocaine, fires in California, deaths of famous architects, the problem with modern architecture today, power trips & creepy guys, Blade Runner 2045 is slow and amazing, nostalgic hipster aesthetics, Halloween and much more!
#25 - Spreading Ashes in Hawaii and Why Marriage is Bull****
Oct 10, 2017 • 95 min
This week we discuss kombucha, David almost pooping his pants, spreading ashes in Hawaii, ‘Is marriage bullshit?’, staying awake for 68 hours, staring in mirrors, critiquing the new LEGO House designed by BIG Architects and much more!
#24 - Ridiculous Spinning Classes
Oct 2, 2017 • 94 min
This week’s special guest Roy Baker, New York architect and teacher. David, Marina and Roy discuss the absurdity of spinning classes in NYC, why the iphone 8 is pointless, Roy’s experience of fashion week in Paris, sex issues in Silicon Valley, murdering…
#23 - Tech Team Leader Kevin Kwan on Scuba Diving with Sharks and Nut-Punching Kangaroos
Sep 25, 2017 • 98 min
Special Guest Kevin! This week David and Kevin discuss visiting Australia, scuba diving with sharks, nut-punching kangaroos, the pitfall of Yelp, Trump, the benefits of re-watching movies and Warrior basketball games and much more!
#22 - Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water
Sep 18, 2017 • 82 min
We are BACK! This week we discuss shit-show California, superficial people in NYC, expensive weddings, natural disasters, recycling, staring at the sun, visiting Falling Water, Frank Lloyd Wright and much more!
#21 - Gender Fluidity and Swimming in the NYC East River
Aug 15, 2017 • 47 min
The mini-episode! Shooting down nukes, Michael Jackson, gender fluidity, Bruce/Caitlin Jenner, Swimming in the NYC East River, masturbating in the Public Hotel, white supremacy, maids and bad subway ads
#20 - Visiting the Hamptons and Air-Quality Sensors for the Office
Aug 7, 2017 • 85 min
This week we cover our trip to the Hamptons: sun burns, lobster rolls, spoiled teens, finance bros and character stereotypes. The two also discuss self-centered people, bad presenters, air-quality sensors for the office, bad user interface design and…
#19 - Living in a Virtual Reality and Ash Wednesday
Jul 30, 2017 • 77 min
V I R T U A L R E A L I T Y , life in the digital realm, healing burns with fish skin, Ash Wednesday, the Oscars, Amy Schumer’s face, comedians and genetic testing with My Heritage.
#18 - Sex in the Standard Hotel and Gentrification in NYC
Jul 25, 2017 • 86 min
This week we discuss the fantastic documentary Class Divide (a film about class division and gentrification in the West Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and its effects on public housing), the design of the High Line, sex & voyeurism in the Standard…
#17 - Homosexuals in NYC and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Transportation
Jul 17, 2017 • 94 min
Drake’s Face, Gays in NYC, Tidal Waves and Weirdos on the Subway, Vomiting Babies, SHoP Architects, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Transportation System, Punching Kids, Farting in Space, Buying Tomatillos & Beans
#16 - Review: The 2017 MOMA PS1 Architecture Installation
Jul 11, 2017 • 68 min
Part 2 of the Design Companion! This week our review of the 2017 MoMA PS1 Architecture Installation “Lumen” (by Jenny Sabin Studio) continues. The discussion goes deep, comparing architecture to mathematics, questioning fancy design writing and tackling…
#15 - The 2017 MOMA PS1 Installation and Driverless Future Challenge Competition
Jul 5, 2017 • 96 min
This week: Being denied samples at Ample Hills Ice Cream, poop art, French Independence Day & bathrooms. This week’s Design Companion: 2017 MOMA PS1 Architecture Installation “Lumen” by Jenny Sabin Studio, and the four finalists of NYC’s “Driverless…
#14 - Why Apple’s New Campus Doesn’t Suck
Jun 27, 2017 • 95 min
This week we discuss the Wired article, “If You Like Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks”, Apple’s New Headquarters and the Problems it will Cause, Suburban & Urban Cities, Cursing in French, Speaking with Accents: Bjarke Ingels & Mathew McConaughey & What…
#13 - Santiago Calatrava’s $4 BILLION Transportation Hub
Jun 19, 2017 • 97 min
Jazz Musician Don Ellis, Playing the Trumpet, Review of Wonder Woman Movie, People Who Dress Weird, Architects Who Pretend to be Designers, Review of Santiago Calatrava’s NYC Transportation Hub “The Occulus”, Frank Lloyd Wright Versus Architecture Now,…
#12-2 - How to Interview For a Design Job
Jun 11, 2017 • 44 min
How to Get Hired, Tips for Young Designers: What Firms to Apply to, How to Apply, Your Portfolio, The Interview, Salary & Your First Day at the Office
#12-1 - Wonder Woman and How Designers Can Get Hired!
Jun 5, 2017 • 54 min
How to Get Hired, Tips for Young Designers: What Firms to Apply to, How to Apply, Your Portfolio, The Interview, Salary & Your First Day at the Office | The Alamo Drafthouse’s ‘Women-Only’ Screening of Wonder Woman
#11 - Hipsters In Urban Research? and Sexism in Architecture
May 30, 2017 • 108 min
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Plan for Homeless Shelters in NYC, Planet Fitness, Urban Research & Hipsters, Racism & Princeton’s Admissions Office, Diversity in Colleges, Architect Dorte Mandrup on Female Architects, Sexism in Architecture, Awards for…
#10 - Homeless Shelter Designs and Visiting Detroit
May 21, 2017 • 100 min
Celebrities in New York, Peter Marino, Traveling to Detroit, Suburbia, The Homeless, Project Critiques: Pod Vending Machine Skyscraper by Haseef Raiei | The Six Housing for Homeless and Disabled Veterans, Los Angeles by Brooks + Scarpa
#09-2 - Design Competitions and Elon Musk’s Underground Cars
May 14, 2017 • 40 min
Design Competitions, Maya Lin, 2017 Met Gala Fashion (Bella Hadid, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj), Goods and Merchandise Delivery Systems, Concept Cars, Elon Musk’s Underground Car Proposal
#09-1 - Urban Farming and Architecture Project Reviews
May 4, 2017 • 69 min
Cinco de Mayo, Dating Apps, Facebook, Augmented Reality, Mobile Technology, Dogs & Hedgehogs, Urban Farming, Architecture Trends, Project Critiques: Mashambas Skyscraper | Instant City:Living Air-Right
#08 - Blondes Visiting China and WTF is Glamping?
Apr 27, 2017 • 76 min
Bathroom Etiquette, Blondes in China, Traveling, Aliens, Glamping, Amazon Echo, Customer Service, Superheros, Bees, Beyonce
#07 - Selfie Drones and Self-Driving Cars
Apr 25, 2017 • 80 min
DNA Ethnicity Testing, Fit Bits, Selfie Drones, Fashionable People, Googleplex, Apple’s New Campus, Self-Driving Cars, Architecture, Urban Design
#06 - Weirdos on the Subway and Sexism at Work
Apr 16, 2017 • 69 min
Easter, Meditation for Vacation, United Airlines, Security Guards, Fat People, Weirdos on the Subway, Sexism, Ageism and Racism in Offices, Drinking Too Much Water, Blue Cheese & Nutella
#05 - Chinese College Students and Fake Hype
Apr 13, 2017 • 76 min
“Ching Chong Ling Long”, Chinese in Colleges, Youtubers, Makeup ‘Artists’, Fashion Designers, Fake Hype, Leaving Offices
#04 - Our Crazy Trip to France and Le Corbusier’s Chapel
Apr 6, 2017 • 92 min
Glamour Babies, Traveling to France, French Food & Architecture, Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel, Marseille, Paris vs NYC
#02 - Office Security Cameras and Design Studio Culture
Apr 3, 2017 • 55 min
Voyeurism and Security, Studio Culture, Digital Art at the Whitney Museum & Virtual Reality, Rendering & New Technology in Design
#03 - Should Design Students Do Internships?
Mar 29, 2017 • 97 min
Jello Shots, Partying, Architecture School in France, Student Internships, Design
#01 - Introduction & Awkward Karate
Mar 25, 2017 • 67 min
Introduction, Amenities in the Office, UFC 207, Crappy Judo, Awkward Karate, Eating Horses, House Pets, Having Kids