Failed Architecture

Failed Architecture
On Architecture and the Real World

#12 How Beyoncé Seized the Louvre
Apr 16 • 67 min
The Louvre and its surroundings have served for centuries as a dramatic expression of French imperial might, this symbolism was dramatically challenged in 2018 when Beyoncé and Jay-Z used the site to film the video for their single Apeshit.
#11 Architects Unionise!
Oct 1, 2019 • 70 min
We tend to think of architects as professionals rather than workers. Architects design, create, delegate, follow a special calling, but they’re not often seen as “working for a living”, and they’re certainly not much like the workers who actually…
#10 Mecca to the Max: The Holy City Transformed
Jun 14, 2019 • 62 min
Mecca is the holiest city in the Islamic religion and the birthplace of the prophet Mohamed. Located just off Saudi Arabia’s western coast, all Muslims are required to visit at least once in their life if they are physically able to. With air travel…
#09 Listen to the City, It’s Trying to Tell You Something
Mar 12, 2019 • 50 min
Contemporary urban discourse relies overwhelmingly on visual representation. While it may be more effective both in conveying the actual appearance of a particular urban space and in communicating the intentions of the architect and the planner, this kind…
#08 Speer in Qatar or: How Architects Stopped Caring and Learned to Love the Client
Dec 20, 2018 • 64 min
Albert Speer is one of the most infamous architects in history. During his time working for the Nazi Party he was responsible for designing the Reich Chancellery and the Zeppelinfeld Stadium in which the Nuremberg rallies took place, as well as being in…
#07 Incompiuto: Italy’s Most Prominent Architectural Style
Nov 30, 2018 • 49 min
Italy’s landscape is dotted with unfinished structures. For a myriad of reasons, the construction of these buildings and pieces of infrastructure stopped half-way, leaving the often concrete and often striking remains of hitherto incomplete plans. The…
#06 Architects in Calais: On Border Systems and Self-built Cities
Sep 23, 2018 • 58 min
The area around Calais, a town in northern France, has for many years been a major transit point for refugees on their way to the United Kingdom. During the recent peak in the number of refugees, the French and British authorities increasingly fortified…
#05 London Undone: Gaika and Ash Sarkar Discuss the City’s Past, Present and Future
Jul 12, 2018 • 67 min
In this episode, we use the work of London-based rapper Gaika to explore the subject of London, talking to both Gaika and Ash Sarkar, a senior editor at Novara Media who has previously collaborated with Gaika, about the city’s near future and its recent…
#04 Alexandra Lange: Judging Architecture and How We Design for Kids
Jun 21, 2018 • 73 min
Alexandra Lange has been writing about architecture and design for over two decades. Her articles span a wide range of subjects, from building reviews and calls for preservation to furniture, fashion, and women in architecture. After writing for such…
#03 Modernism Distorted: Selling Utopia From Kleiburg to Keeling House
Jun 7, 2018 • 58 min
Stereotypes regarding Modernist architecture, and in particular the negative discourse on Amsterdam’s Bijlmer estate, have been quite crucial in shaping Failed Architecture’s way of thinking in its early years. Can we really blame the architecture for…
#02 City Gameplay: the Influence of Video Games on Our Urban Experience
May 28, 2018 • 62 min
Video games have changed the way we interact with space. From their very inception, these increasingly complex virtual worlds have been forcing new perspectives and new ways of interacting with the world beyond. Once they were able to represent cities,…
#01 Data Space: the Architecture and Impact of Data Centres
May 17, 2018 • 58 min
In this podcast episode, we go inside Amsterdam’s designer data tower and talk to several people about the architecture, environmental impact and cultural significance of data centres. Instagram photos, public transport information, streamed music and…