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  • Lew Oliver is an Atlanta-based designer, urbanist and master planner, celebrated for advancing New Urbanism and designing whole towns with a focus on the pedestrian experience. He masterfully blends local values, vernacular, and climate considerations into his work, ensuring communities are not only livable but also aesthetically enriching. His notable achievements include influential roles in projects like Trilith and Rosemary Beach, and numerous awards such as the Platinum and Gold Best in America Living Awards. Known for his attention to detail, form, and proportion, he creates designs that are both beautiful and innovative.

    Find more information about Lew and his firm on this website: https://www.lewoliverinc.com/about

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  • Jonathan Weatherill is an architect based in Rome and professor at Notre Dame University. He graduated at the Architectural Association in London over 25 years ago and now runs his own practice. He has collaborated with the 2014 Driehaus laureate Pier Carlo Bontempi for a long time, leading to a shift in his practice from Modernism to Traditional and Classical architecture. His broad expertise spans from architecture to watercolouring and photography to urban planning.

    More information about Jonathan Weatherill and Pier Carlo Bontempi's studio:

    https://architecture.nd.edu/faculty/jonathan-weatherill/
    ⁠https://www.piercarlobontempi.it⁠

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  • Pierre Bidaud is a skilled stonemason and entrepreneur promoting the use of natural stone for load bearing structures. He is the co founder of the Structural Stone Company, part of the Stonemasonry Company which is based in London. With his company, he is proving that natural stone is still one of the most versatile, sustainable and beautiful materials available to humans.

    Find their website here: https://www.thestonemasonrycompany.co.uk/

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  • Micah Springut is an entrepreneur based in New York City. After having set up multiple successful software startups, he is now on the path of disrupting the way we construct our buildings using AI and robotics. Potentially, his new company Monumental Labs could enable us to build more ornate, detailed buildings on a larger scale and for lower cost than we could now possibly imagine.

    Find his website here: https://www.monumentallabs.co

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  • Ettore Mazzola is a professor at Notre Dame School of Architecture, based in Rome, where he teaches traditional urbanism, architecture and building techniques. Prof. Mazzola has extensive experience with multiple urban design projects and written countless publications, articles, essays and blog posts. His academic and professional career is centered on integrating traditional architectural principles with modern urban planning needs.

    Prof. Mazzola’s Blog: https://www.picweb.it/emm/blog/


    http://architecture.nd.edu/

  • Join us as we delve into the rich world of classical architecture with our distinguished guest, Pablo Funes. A seasoned architect hailing from Spain, Pablo has laid his professional roots in London. With an impressive educational background that spans the University of Sevilla and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, his journey in architecture has been marked by a noteworthy tenure at Stanhope Gate Architecture, lasting 12 years, before his transition to his present position at Katharine Pooley Design Studio.

    Apart from his architectural pursuits, Pablo is passionately imparting knowledge in his capacity as the Director of Education at the Classic Planning Institute. There, he mentors student cohorts, illuminating the path through the revered realm of classical planning and the enduring principles of design that have stood the test of time.

    I had the privilege of first meeting Pablo at the La Table Ronde summer school in Bruges, and our paths crossed once more at this year's IMCL congress in Poundbury. His profound expertise not only resonates with the ethos of The Aesthetic City podcast but also enriches our ongoing dialogue on the pursuit of beauty and timeless urban design. Join us for a conversation that promises to deepen our appreciation for the classical aesthetic that shapes our cities and living spaces.

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    Learn more about the Classic Planning Institute: https://www.classicplanning.org

    Pablo’s Blog: https://otraarquitecturaesposible.blogspot.com/

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  • Mark Wilson Jones is an an esteemed academic architectural historian. He is known for his significant contributions to the understanding of architectural history of antiquity, mostly through his seminal work on the Pantheon. He doesn’t limit himself to historical research, but is a practicing architect at his own firm, Apollodorus Architecture.

    Previously an Associate Professor at the university of Bath, he has authored multiple scholarly books and a great number of articles. Additionally, he serves as chair of the Traditional Architecture Group and has taught at the Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture Summer School at Cambridge, and the summer school of La Table Ronde d’Architecture in Bruges.

    He recently made an exciting counterproposal for the renovation and replacement of the ageing Bath rugby stadium, which has caught the attention of many. Although it is far from certain the design will be taken serious by local government, it has significant advantages over the current proposal.

    Find his books here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Mark-Wilson-Jones/author/B001KDDJPE?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

    Apollodorus Architecture: https://www.apollodorus.uk/

    Bath Arena: https://www.apollodorus.uk/project-bath-arena-landing

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  • In today's episode we are joined by Ann Sussman, architect and president of the Human Architecture and Planning Institute, or the Hapi. Her book Cognitive Architecture, which she authored together with Justin Hollander, dives into the cognitive effects that our built environment has on us humans. Cognitive Architecture is an important source for anyone who wants to consider the human experience of architecture and design for cognitive health, and to create more pleasant, beautiful places.
    Find her book here: https://amzn.to/46hJnG4

    More information about the Hapi: https://thehapi.org/

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  • In today's episode we are joined by Patrick Webb, master plasterer, educator, a strong proponent of traditional architecture and a bit of a philosopher as well. Although Patrick's everyday work is that of a craftsman, this conversation dives deep into today's struggle to create beauty against the backdrop of a society that steadfastly chooses the machine over the human hand, money over long-term value and delusion over truth.
    Patrick writes great articles on his webpage http://realfinishes.blogspot.com/

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  • Léon Krier is a renowned Luxembourgian architect and urban planner, often hailed as the godfather of the New Urbanism and Traditional Urbanism movement. He has been a vocal critic of modernist architecture, advocating instead for a return to traditional, human-scale urban design. Krier's philosophy emphasizes walkable neighborhoods, a mix of housing types, and a harmonious blend of architectural styles that prioritize human interaction over vehicular dominance.

    One of Krier's most famous projects is Poundbury in England, a model town championed by King Charles, which embodies many of his urban principles. Additionally, Krier's influence can be seen in the design of Ciudad Cayalá in Guatemala, another testament to his vision of creating sustainable and livable urban spaces. His work, writings, and lectures have inspired a generation of architects and urban planners to rethink the way cities are designed and built.

    Do you want to know more about Léon Krier and his vision?

    Find his book 'The Architecture of Community' here: https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Community-Leon-Krier/dp/1597265799

    Online lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg6L0uMGIs4

    Online lecture 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7PkzgkaLE&t=122s

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  • Maria Sánchez and Pedro Godoy are two architects from Guatemala in South America. The couple graduated at Notre Dame School for Architecture in South Bend, Indiana, after which they returned to Guatemala to set up their firm Estudio Urbano. In Guatemala, they have worked on one of the most special and successful masterplans in the world of traditional architecture and urbanism: Cayalá.

    Together with Léon Krier, Marc Landers and Richard Economakis, they designed what would be a completely new town, with friendly, beautiful spaces that foster community and that encourages human interactions

    Find the website of Estudio Urbano here: https://estudiourbano.com.gt/Estudio Urbano on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/estudiourbanoguatemala/See the video about Cayalá here: https://youtu.be/wrnAsMSwGbg?si=cUC5xx8BTVpfRMIH ----For more information on The Aesthetic City, find our website on https://theaestheticcity.com/

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  • Michael Diamant is founder of New Traditional Architecture & Urbanism and is a very vocal critic of Modernist architecture and planning. He has fought a long battle against the ugliness that results from Modernism in Sweden, but he is also getting more recognition abroad, with guest talks in various podcasts, getting articles in various magazines and even at the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, Canada.

    This episode was recorded at the second edition of the Utrecht Summer School for Traditional Architecture and Urbanism, 'Let's Build a Beautiful City', which happened from July 17 to August 3, where Michael appeared as one of the lecturers.

    Find his website here: https://newtrad.org/

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  • We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Alejandro García Hermida to the podcast today. He is an architect with a PhD and a Master's degree in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage, as well as an Associate Professor at the Department of Architectural Composition at the School of Architecture of the UPM in Madrid. His professional expertise lies in traditional architecture and building methods, as well as the restoration and examination of various historic buildings and archaeological sites with diverse types and chronologies, primarily in Spain and Morocco. Dr. García Hermida serves as the Executive Director of the Richard H. Driehaus Initiatives in Spain and Portugal, a Board Member of the Terrachidia NGO, and the Vice Chair of INTBAU Spain.
    Find more information here:
    Driehaus prize: https://driehausprize.nd.edu

    INTBAU Spain: https://intbauspain.com/en/

    Terrachidia: https://www.terrachidia.es/en/inicio-english/

    Premio Rafael Manzano: https://intbauspain.com/seccion/premio-rafael-manzano/











  • We're thrilled to have none other than Professor Nikos Salingaros as our guest on this episode.
    He is a distinguished Greek-American mathematician and urban theorist who has made substantial contributions to the realms of architecture and urban design. He has authored numerous influential books and articles, promoting traditional and human-scale architecture while critiquing modernist and post-modernist methodologies. As a specialist in applying complexity theory and information theory to built environments, our guest works alongside architects and urban planners globally to advocate for scientifically based, sustainable, and people-focused design. Importantly, he has collaborated closely with the esteemed architect and urban planner Christopher Alexander, creating inventive concepts and strategies for urban planning that highlight human-centered, adaptable, and robust design.

    https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Architecture-Nikos-Salingaros/dp/9463863990/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2WFDB0N3TQXAA&keywords=a+theory+of+architecture&qid=1681838324&sprefix=a+theory+of+architecture%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1
    Six interesting articles by prof. Salingaros:

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s44223-023-00026-z

    https://thecritic.co.uk/architectures-abysmal-ignorance/

    https://www.mdpi.com/2078-1547/13/2/56

    https://patterns.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-226021

    https://www.mdpi.com/2413-8851/6/1/3

    https://www.mdpi.com/2078-1547/12/2/28

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  • We are delighted to host Peter Drijver as our guest today. He is a skilled architect from the Netherlands with a fascinating background. While studying architecture in Delft, the Netherlands, he participated in a group that created a 'counter-project,' providing additional and more affordable student rooms on the same land. He completed his studies with a counter-design for The Hague's urban renewal practice, incorporating a neoclassical educational science museum. At the graduation ceremony, his design was dubbed 'patricide.' Since 1982, he has been engaged in developing counter-projects for residents' groups, which ultimately expanded into an architectural firm specializing in restoration and public housing. In 1989, he initiated a collaboration with Mieke Bosse under the banner of SCALA Architects.

    The website of Scala Architecten: https://www.scala-architecten.nl

    SOS Den Haag: https://www.sosdenhaag.nl











  • We're excited to have Eric Norin as our guest on this episode. Eric is a classical architect from Sweden who studied at the School of Architecture in Stockholm, but fully discovered his passion for classical architecture at the Engelsberg summer school. Eric has been actively involved in the Swedish Architecture Uprising for several years, watching its growth and impact on the national conversation about architecture. We'll be discussing Eric' insights in the effect the Uprising has had, the power of democratic processes and social media in driving change, the lack of classical architecture education and the role Engelsberg played for him - and much, much more. 

    Find more information about his firm on their website: https://www.traditionarkitekter.se/

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  • Katherine O'Neil is a placemaking consultant, writer, photographer, and community event planner, specializing in urban design and city planning. Over the last ten years, she has worked for various non-profits and start-ups, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Urban Land Institute. Her goal has been to inspire more sustainable, affordable, accessible live, work, and play places.

    In 2020, Katherine founded her business Builtfully® to showcase beautifully built environments and to create better places for all. Through consultations, community, and content, she leads creative community engagements and advises on urban planning initiatives. Currently, she is a Design Committee member for the Beverly Main Streets non-profit in Greater Boston.

    Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Housing Studies, a concentration in Community Development and Policy, and a minor in Communication Studies. She has a Master of Science degree from the University College London's Bartlett School of Planning in Urban Design and City Planning. Katherine was awarded honors for her Master's dissertation, which focused on pop-up housing solutions.

    Follow Builtfully® on Instagram at @bebuiltfully!

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  • Brandon Ro is a professor at Utah Valley University and an experienced Classical architect from the USA. He has over 16 years of experience in both new construction and renovation, and has worked for private sector developers, state universities, governmental agencies, religious institutions and more. At Utah Valley University he has developed a curriculum for new courses.

    He is active as a researcher and has many publications to his name, many of which about sacred architecture.

    His firm Tetrad Architecture & Planning focuses on a variety of types of projects. Professor Ro has an excellent YouTube channel with many videos on how to draw the orders, lectures, and more.

    His website: brandonro.com

    YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/@BrandonRo-architecture

    Research & Publications: https://uvu.academia.edu/BrandonRo

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  • Erik Bootsma is a Catholic architect and author, specialised in classical and sacred architecture. He is instructor of sacred architecture at the Catholic Distance University and has given many lectures at various colleges. Over the years, he has built up extensive knowledge about ecclesiastical and other sacred architecture. He is also involved in the planning of several new urban districts, like St. Aubin Village in Detroit and St. James-on-the-Glebe.

    In this interview we talk about a very wide range of topics, from building materials to urban challenges in the United stage, and from his Dutch heritage to craftsmanship.

    His work can be found on https://bootsmadesign.com/ 

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  • Peter Verschuren is an experienced Dutch urbanist who has worked for the Town Planning Department of both Rotterdam and The Hague and later founded his own urban design consultancy firm, 'Fijne Stad'. He has also been active as a board member for INTBAU the Netherlands, and is a member of the Dutch Chapter of the Council for European Urbanism.

    In this episode we talk about his experience as an Urbanist, his ideas about how to create fine, enjoyable urban spaces and places, materials & energy use, and the expression of facades in the urban planning context.

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