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Radio Blablablarchitecture promotes talking building. To design is to talk and to talk is to design. Yet the history of architecture has failed to recognised the value of speech as a legitimate means of architectural representation.

The podcast below was made in-house by the team at WHAT_architecture. It is a little uneven, the humour a bit clunky. However the podcast does manage to capture ‘in sound’ the spirit of Radio Blablablarchitecture. So: how do architects talk? Let’s hear some. Does it make sense or is architecture, like any language something which needs to be learnt before it can be spoken. Evidence of architects talking in various occasions, be it interviews, archi-lectures, conversations, presentations to clients are presented and commented upon. What does talking have to offer compared to the other mediums of architectural expression: drawing, writing and building?


talking-buildings“We can talk about buildings, talk to a building and even listen to buildings!”

Radio Blablablarchitecture was submitted as part of the Modulations initiative. In response, both the Arts & Culture Unit and Resonance FM: thought “Radio Blablablarchitecture “outstanding and we would be delighted to talk to you about making the programme”. So block rocking speech is coming to the airways, or live-streaming on Resonance who, according to sartorial connoisseurs Dazed and Confused, are “one of the most exciting and unpredictable broadcasters in the world”.

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blablablarchitecture is talking buildings. In Soundbite 4, we listen to the idea of a building as an instrument.

There’s an invisible architecture, a sonically perceived space that is not necessarily dependent on the visual stimuli. In that sense, sound design is not just about matching the supposed acoustic characteristics of a visual space, but also a way of altering the narrative and emotional aspects of a story by actually altering the space itself in terms of a character, a circumstance, a specific event or a certain sense of place. In that way of resolving the subjective-objective and diegetic-non diegetic dynamics, there’s in fact so much creative possibilities, an architectural process of sound available.

It is not just about accompanying the visual, but establishing alterations and new perceptions of the spatial dimension, getting into a virtual sonic architecture, an imaginative conception of space that is not just physical in terms of the context, but audible, perceptual; aiming to be open to different notions of the space itself either acoustic or acousmatic and actually creating a space between both conceptions in order to develop a game between fidelity towards the visual, causal or narrative, and the expansion of those elements itself by adding its own characteristics, as a way of altering the landscape from the soundscape.


blablablarchitecture is talking buildings. In Soundbite 5, we talk about listening to buildings.

‘Blindfold Critique’ is a new way of looking at architecture. Or rather not looking at architecture in that it goes beyond the visual and into the aural. An architect or critic is blindfolded, and taken to an architectural site, where they are asked to give their critique as they are led through the architecture. These critiques have been recorded and edited by Joshua David Lynch and are presented here as audio files (and best listened to through headphones).

Blindfold Critiques where done as part of the 2013 Sydney Architecture Festival and were presented as part of the Expanded Architecture at The Rocks Exhibition.