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.


Refugees and food, the perfect crumpet, virtual reality and diversity, the art of packing, the ancestry of food  

The art of packing. Free to feed: in celebration of refugee cooking. Virtual reality and designing for diversity. Tips and Tricks: the perfect crumpet. In defence of weeds. Ancestry of food. Sense of Place: Julie Shiels in the now.

Worldly sweets, a rise in menswear, emotions and wine, best composting, Rob Schmitz on Shanghai  

Wine and the emotional language of labels. Sense of Place: Rob Schmitz on Shanghai. 'Menaissance' and the boom in menswear. A sweet, sweet world. Would You Rent Your Clothes? Tips and Tricks: the best garden compost. Iconic Designs: Nakagin Capsule Hotel.

Innovative ciders, smashed avo takes Paris, history of the vacuum flask, making playful cities  

Making our cities more playful places to be. Understory: a life with trees. Aussie breakfasts in Paris. Sense of Place: Roanna Gonsalves on Goa. Flood resistant ferry terminals take top honours at Good Design Awards. Hitting the Tassie cider trail . Iconic Designs: vacuum flask.

Emotional clothes, a Spanish garden, in praise of table manners, Desi Anwar on Jakarta, an edible backyard  

What do table manners say about us. Tips and tricks: know your onions. Good Design Awards. Garden designer Eduardo Mencos on creating beauty on his Spanish farm. Iconic Designs: Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, Hong Kong. Sense of Place: Desi Anwar on Jakarta. Making your backyard uber-productive.

Toasting success of natural wines, meatonomics, the hunt for the disappearing, fashion Australian style, Elizabeth Kostova  

Bucket list travel for the disappearing. What is Australian style? The true cost of cheap meat. Sense of Place: Elizabeth Kostova on Bulgaria. Tips and tricks: perfect pie crust. Architectural solutions to housing affordability. Less is more for natural wines.

The songs of trees, street art, open source architecture, Liam Pieper's Prague, the perfect pizza  

Could open source architecture be the answer to housing affordability? The little Aussie shopping bag replacing plastic in the war on waste. Listening to the songs of trees. Tips and Tricks: Dan Lepard on the perfect pizza. Street art and urban renewal. Sense of Place: Liam Pieper on Prague. Living on the edge: in praise of mangroves. Iconic designs: the Land Rover.

Aquacities, planting perennials, dumpster diving, Greedy Italian Antonio Carluccio, world's best golf courses  

From St Andrews to King Island how to design a world-best golf course. Chef's tributes to their mums. Thomas Woltz and reimagining landscape. Tips and Tricks: Penny Woodward on dividing perennials. The shared cuisine of the Mediterranean coast. Could Dutch 'aquatecture' be a viable solution for affordable housing in Australia? Fighting food waste by dumpster diving.

Island life, a garden friendship, affordability and tiny homes, Turkish bazaars, Anjum Anand's India  

Are tiny houses a solution for the housing affordability crisis? From Zanzibar to The Scilly Isles, the islander life. Diary of a garden at Cruden Farm. Turkish bazaars and the fabric of city design. Iconic places: Portobello Markets, London. Sense of Place: India and its food with British chef Anjum Anand. Maggie Beer and her rethink of aged care food.

Slow fashion, plants and their meaning, vitamin D and fungi, Jay Rayner, luxurious design  

Designing luxury. Paella Festival. Sense of Place: Katherine Boland on Brogo, NSW. Jay Rayner's 10 Food Commandments. Seeing the beauty in decay. A revolution in slow fashion. Fungi fight the winter blues. Design icons: the Filofax.

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.

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