A show about space and the consequences of our designs. Each episode features one author on a recent book that offers ways of understanding the worlds we make. New perspectives every Tuesday. From Thinkbelt. Produced by David Huber.

Space Settlements by Fred Scharmen
Dec 10 • 11 min
In the summer of 1975, NASA recruited architects, artists, and urban designers to envision, alongside engineers and physicists, large-scale cities in space. Designer Fred Scharmen revisits the imagery of this older future.
White Flights by Jess Row
Dec 4 • 9 min
Novelist and critic Jess Row traces, through postwar American fiction, the movement of the white imagination away from urban spaces and into empty, isolated landscapes.
Building Character by Charles Davis
Nov 26 • 11 min
In the nineteenth century, under the influence of scientific-rationalism, the concept of the body was transformed into a political tool for representing national identity. Architectural historian Charles Davis reveals the parallels between race and style…
Self-Devouring Growth by Julie Livingston
Nov 19 • 10 min
Economic growth is a tantalizing promise and formidable environmental threat. Tracing the change in scope of political responsibility in Botswana amidst unchecked development, anthropologist Julie Livingston offers an urgent parable for understanding the…
The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness by Emanuele Lugli
Nov 12 • 9 min
Measurement standards shape space, enforce power, and mold elaborate fantasies. Art historian Emanuele Lugli traces our preoccupation with exactitude back to the Middle Ages
Stone Men by Andrew Ross
Nov 5 • 10 min
Author and activist Andrew Ross surveys the contributions of Palestinian labor to the building of Israel.
Ugliness and Judgment by Timothy Hyde
Oct 29 • 9 min
Why does it matter that a building looks one way and not another way? Architectural historian Timothy Hyde considers the role of aesthetic judgments in shaping the way that society acts.
A Future History of Water by Andrea Ballestero
Oct 22 • 9 min
If water is a human right, what does that mean for a capitalist society? Anthropologist Andrea Ballestero considers change within systems that are supposed to be stuck.
Sad by Design by Geert Lovink
Oct 15 • 10 min
Social media has penetrated every aspect of our lives, yet no amount swiping or liking ever seems to satisfy us. Media theorist and internet critic Geert Lovink tries to overcome the deadlock of platform capitalism.
X-Ray Architecture by Beatriz Colomina
Oct 8 • 9 min
If modernity was driven by illness, then modern architecture presented itself as the perfect cure. Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina traces the relationship between a new kind of medical image and a new kind of space.
Circulation & Urbanization by Ross Exo Adams
Oct 1 • 9 min
Ildefons Cerdà coined the term “urbanization” in the 1860s. Architect and historian Ross Exo Adams takes the Spanish engineer’s writings as a starting point to tell a much longer story of the relationship between circulation and power.
Prison Land by Brett Story
Sep 24 • 9 min
Why do we design our landscapes to inflict particular kinds of coercive activities on other people? Geographer and filmmaker Brett Story invites us to see, and unsee, the spaces of carceral power.
Corridors by Roger Luckhurst
Sep 17 • 8 min
Nineteenth century reformers had very positive ideas about corridor spaces as fundamentally changing people. When did that change? cultural historian Roger Luckhurst asks.
Spaceship in the Desert by Gökçe Günel
Sep 10 • 8 min
After development of Masdar was halted in 2011, the world’s first zero-carbon city was prounounced a failure by the media—as the first green ghost town. Anthropologist Gökçe Günel wanted to understand what else was happening there.
Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings by Zeuler Lima
Sep 3 • 9 min
Lina Bo Bardi pursued formal ideas, and she drew looking for them. But that’s not where architecture stopped for her. Zeuler Lima—architect, artist, curator, and Bo Bardi biographer—walks us through her work on paper.
Capital City by Samuel Stein
Aug 27 • 10 min
Urban planners are encouraged to make interventions that only raise land and property values—even when they’re trying to do something entirely different. The contradiction is at the heart of what author Samuel Stein calls the real estate state.