Blueprint for Living - Full program podcast

Blueprint for Living - Full program podcast


Blueprint for Living is a weekly rummage through the essential cultural ingredients - design, food, travel, gardens, fashion - for a good life.


The rise and fall of the cronut, befriending spiders, growing up in Tanzania, designer chairs, community building through mushrooms  

Chairs and the cultivation of design. Tips and tricks: harnessing the benefits of ants and spiders. Sense of Place Katherine Scholes. Chido Govera on food and hope. The godfather of Tasmanian whisky. The power of a well-cut uniform. Cronuts, cookie dough, dude food, what are we thinking? Design Icons: Philippe Starck.

Top tandoori, maths in design, home-grown gin, sustainable high rise, secrets of the perfect cuppa  

Building for comfort in the sky. From mother's ruin to hipster heaven. The bathroom through time. The golden ratio in design. Tips and Tricks: Anjum Anand's tandoori. Design icons: the thong. Sense of Place: Ashley Hay on the Brisbane River. The crusade for the perfect cuppa.

Sampling sake, death of the sleeper train, succulents, safe cities, Steiner HQ  

Cities and harassment. Sense of Place: Laila El-Haddad on Gaza Strip. A French affair with lingerie. A garden of succulents. Design Icons: Goetheanum. The romance of the sleeper train. For the love of sake.

Gardening in small spaces, perfect curry, nature's effect on the brain, drawing fashion  

Art vs science in the future of food. Sense of Place: Peter Bussian on Afghanistan. Tips and tricks: perfect curry. A winning garden design. A how to guide for fashion illustrating. Getting a nature fix. Design Icons: Geoffrey Bawa.

A celebration of 200 years of the bicycle  

The road divided: a contested space. The art of the bicycle. Learning to ride, penny farthing style. The story of tweed. Tribes and trends in the cycling world. Riding all around the globe. Sense of Place: Tony Abbott taking Canberra by bike. The evolution of the kitchen.

Saucy design icon, celebration of the fig, Indian Jewish food, innovative Australian design  

Celebrating Australian design and innovation. Latin for garden lovers. Figorama uncovered. The story behind the Little Black Dress. Design Icons: Kikkoman soy sauce. The Sparrows of Southbank. Sense of Place: Hannah Gadsby on Tasmania. The rich heritage of Indian Jews.

Earthworms, lawns and memories, timber skyscrapers, Dieter Rams, Scotland's  Fair Isle  

Reaching for the clouds, with wood. Has the lawn outlived its purpose? Food, art and life at Hill End. Tips and tricks: earthworms. Design Icons: Dieter Rams. Sense of Place: Malachy Tallack on Fair Isle, Scotland. How to cook an eel, and other slippery tales.

Drunken botany, caving, intuitive design, cannibalism, the home and its secrets  

Cannibalism - the last taboo? The home and its secrets. Tips and Tricks: carving. Sense of Place Alison Whyte. What makes design intuitive, or not? Tales of love, lust, death and dark webs. The drunken botanist.

The boudoir, caring for indoor plants, the psychology of ornaments, the flavours of America, Madeleine Thien on Shanghai  

Reconciling indigenous heritage with modern cities. Caring for potted pets. Rethinking American food. Ornaments: dust collectors or a crucial part of culture? What is carbon fibre? Sense of Place: Madeleine Thien on Shanghai. The boudoir and private space.

Tatra cars, indoor plant passions, strange brews, superfoods and the law, Kate Grenville  

The ceremony of clothes. The juggernaut of superfoods. A passion for potted pets. Iconic Designs: the Tatra Car. Beers with no peer. Kate Grenville on the 'scent' of place. Silk Road to Canberra: iconic bus shelters.

Global citizen or citizen of nowhere? innovative school design, "dress like a woman", knife sharpening tips  

A secure future for our food supplies. Tips and tricks: knife sharpening. Designing an education for future generations. Plant identification apps, do they work? Iconic Designs: the light bulb. Citizen of nowhere. Sense of Place: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro on Cuba. The politics of women's work wear.

Fighting snails with copper, brain retraining for weight loss, chef's and their most precious knife, garden love  

Drop the diet, retrain your brain. On the snail trail. Sense of Place: Sovereign Hill. Science and the megacities of the future. The good knife. Farewell to my garden.

Perfect chicken feet, Adrian McKinty's Belfast, secrets of the golden ratio, history of the wedding dress  

Nice day for a white wedding. Our vanishing urban food bowls. The golden ratio in design. A step by step guide to the city. Sense of Place: Adrian McKinty on Belfast. Chicken feet in the Year of the Rooster. Iconic Buildings: Paris Opera House.

Don Watson on the Australian Bush and a burglar's guide to the city  

Sense of Place: Don Watson on the Australian bush. A Burglar's Guide to the City.

Aquafaba, kitsch garden design, bitter foods  

Bitter food to swallow. Sense of Place: Beth Yahp on Malaysia. Garden ornaments and the love of kitsch. Aquafaba: a vegan miracle. Iconic Buildings: Einstein Tower.

Charlotte Wood on Rome, Cohousing, perfect porridge, hotel living  

Joanna Walsh on hotel living. Perfect porridge, Scottish style . Creating community through cohousing. Sense of Place: Charlotte Wood - Rome.

Healthiest fruit choices, a communal life, great wildlife destinations, Paula Hawkins on Paris  

Sense of Place: Paula Hawkins on Paris. Life on a Commune. World's greatest wildlife destinations. Science behind the healthiest fruits. Sinking Ships of Culture: The Private Office.

Font design, death of calorie counting, deaf cafe, Ruth Reichl  

Ruth Reichl on the healing power of food. Sense of Place: Tim Flannery on western New Guinea, Indonesia. A quiet revolution in education. Font design, music and the space in between . Iconic Buildings The Hanging Monastery Datong. Sinking Ships of Culture: Calorie Counting.

Perfect poached eggs, beauty in Brutalism, feminism and the paper bag  

Inside the world of a personal chef. Tips and tricks perfect poached eggs. Brutalism: a face only an architect could love? Iconic Buildings: Sirius Building. Sense of Place: Nick Earls on New York City. Feminism and the humble paper bag. Sinking Ships of Culture: Hobbies. The history of postcards. Cookbooks in an online world.

Historic Australian tea, rethinking the nature strip, the psychology of culture shock, Karen Martini's Christmas salad, Sam Pang  

Far, far from home: the disorienting power of culture shock. My dad's tea addiction. The road less travelled. Reimagining the neighbourhood no man's land. Iconic buildings: Natural History Museum, London. Tips and Tricks Karen Martini's Christmas salads. Sam Pang on how a bottle-o changed his life. Bye Bye Michael Williams.

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