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Archigram's Ron Herron and Bryan Harvey designed these iconic 'Walking Metropolises' which were featured in Banham's 'clip-on architecture' edition of Design Quarterly.⁠

We discuss Banham, Archigram, and 60s paper architecture in our latest episode.

Reyner Banham enjoying the high life in South California!⁠

Listen to our Patreon bonus on Banham's 'Four Ecologies' now, with our second Banham episode out soon!


59.5 — Banham's Los Angeles⁠

In this bonus episode, we discuss Reyner Banham's 1971 love letter to the shining lights, the ripped jeans and the endless sprawl of the City of Angels. In 'Los Angeles: The Architecture o…

One of the many bearded, cigar smoking grayscale ghosts of Reyner Banham that appear through 'A Home is not a House', illustrated by Fracois Dallegret.⁠

The opening of Banham's iconic 'A Home is Not A House', illustrated by Fracois Dallegret, with a semi-nude and hirsute Banham appearing repeatedly throughout.⁠

Check out our Patreon for soon to be released bonus episode on Banham's 'Four Ecologies'

This is one of the illustrations from Reyner Banham's 'A Home is not a House', a psychedlic vision of the future of domestic architecture as pure technology.⁠

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Reyner Banham! In all his bow-tied, bearded glory. Catch part one of our two parter out now.⁠

Subscribe to our Patreon for a forthcoming bonus episode on Banham's 'Four Ecologies', a study of Los Angeles, from the freeway to the beach.

The sinks at Hunstanton School by Alison and Peter Smithson, where the waste water runs into the open gutter below. A classic piece of New-Brutalist design, which Reyner Banham championed as one of the great British art movements of the post-war period. …

Hunstanton School, by Alison and Peter Smithson. Reyner Banham adored this project, which he saw as the standard-bearer of New Brutalism.⁠

We discuss Banham's relentless journalistic output in our latest episode.

Reyner Banham was key to the popularisation of 'brutalism' as an architectural descriptor - but what he meant by brutalism wasn't exactly the same as what we mean today! We discuss Banham's cheerleading for the 'New Brutalism' of Peter and Alison Smithso…

Pennsylvania Railroad Engine, Designed by Raymond Loewy, used to illustrate Banham's article on the 'Machine Aesthetic' in the Architectural Review.⁠

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Throughout the 1950s, the Architectural Review offered a space for Reyner Banham to expound his forthright views of art, architecture and design. With this article about the 'Machine Aesthetic' in April 1955 outlined his obsession with innovations in mas…

A young Banham in his Courtauld days with Heidegger. We discuss Banham and his PhD on modernist architecture, supervised by Nikolaus Pevsner, in our latest episode.

New Episode out now - Reyner Banham! The borderline mystic long-bearded prophet of the second machine age!

As requested by the listeners, part one of a two parter on Reyner Banham!⁠

Banham was an architectural critic, historian, scenester and prophet of the future, with a flair for iconoclastic and pugilistic writing. In this first episode we discuss hi…

Get ready for the first part of a two parter on Reyner Banham, as requested by the listeners!⁠

Banham, with his idiosyncratic dress sense and rapturous writing style, was described by a former student as 'a combination of Moses, Karl Marx and a tra…

58.5 — Adventures in Reactionary Cyberspace ⁠
In our final episode on anti-modernist reaction, we spend some quality time on the websites of Britain's leading traditionalist architects. There's plenty of weirdness afoot: Russian Oligarchs; Paragraph …

'Distance & Detail' - a rhetorical sketch by Leon Krier, critiquing un-ornamented modernism. The rhetoric of the traditionalists often relies on purportedly universal ideas of beauty, tradition, or scale. We discuss some of the problems with these views …

Leon Krier's critique of modernist architecture lies firmly in an idealised vision of pre-modern European urbanism. We discuss Krier, and other traditionalist critics of modernist urbanism in our latest episode.

Krier's rhetoric doesn't always feel quite true, but his sketches always convey his ideas with a powerful, populist simplicity. Listen to our latest episode for a discussion of Krier, and other traditionalists in post war England.

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