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rAADio

rAADio is an investigation by Advanced Architectural Design students in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. As a cohort from a plurality of diverse backgrounds, we aim to observe the many polycentric entanglements of architecture. We explore the questions of how we expand the traditional role and associations of architecture between assemblages, interrelationships, bodies, and technologies; beyond simple scalar translations. For more information follow us on Instagram @gsapp_raadio.
Episode 001: Dematerialization of the Body: Jorge Otero-Pailos

In this season’s first episode, death is posed as a question through the dematerialization of the body. Pabla Amigo (‘21 AAD) and Gabriela Junqueira Franco ('21 AAD) try to understand the implications of the dematerialization of bodies with our final resting places. Does the state of being alive only relate to the physical body? Can our bodies metamorphose into other forms? The praxis of understanding physical and digital space is complemented by an interview with Jorge Otero-Pailos, conducted by Ali El-Sinbawy ('21 AAD).

Jorge Otero-Pailos is Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at GSAPP. Otero-Pailos works on the intersection of art, architecture and preservation and as an artist he has been exploring the temporality of dust, pollution and their relationship to life, human activity and architectural legacy.

rAADio is developed, directed, produced, and founded by: Benjamin Akhavan, Pabla Amigo, Angel Castillo, Michelle Clara, Marie Christine Dimitri, Ali ElSinbawy, Gabriela Junqueira Franco, Joel McCullough, and Devansh Mehta

This episode of rAADio was brought you by: Max Lauter: Director and Creative Producer, Sound Design, Editing Alex Hamadey: Sound Designer & Composer, Lead Audio Engineer Timothy Jacob Kwasny: Recording Audio Engineer

Episode 002: Materialization of Death: David Benjamin

Have you ever asked Mycelium what it wants to be? In Episode 002, Devansh Mehta (‘21 AAD) and Benjamin Akhavan ('21 AAD) question the materialization of death through the demonstration of humans exercising control over their own deaths. The materiality and deaths of other species to manipulate our death is complemented by the analysis of understanding the systems required to support the externalized material processes of bodies which humans use to avoid death. Marie-Christine Dimitri ('21 AAD) interviews David Benjamin to understand the ethical implications of using other species in our architecture.

David Benjamin is founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. Benjamin’s work combines research and practice, and focuses on the intersection of biology, computation, and design. His MoMA PS1 pavilion “Hy-Fi” changed the way architects think of organic matter (particularly mycelium) as a building material.

rAADio is developed, directed, produced, and founded by: Benjamin Akhavan, Pabla Amigo, Angel Castillo, Michelle Clara, Marie Christine Dimitri, Ali ElSinbawy, Gabriela Junqueira Franco, Joel McCullough, and Devansh Mehta

This episode of rAADio was brought you by: Max Lauter: Director and Creative Producer, Sound Design, Editing Alex Hamadey: Sound Designer & Composer, Lead Audio Engineer Timothy Jacob Kwasny: Recording Audio Engineer

Episode 003: Death Environments: Karla Rothstein

Cultural perspectives of death have changed over time. This week, Michelle Clara (‘21 AAD) and Joel McCullough ('21 AAD) investigate how built environments have intersected with last rites ritual and the cultural associations. Philosophical notions of death and global views are explored across Benares, Copenhagen, and Pittsburgh. Michelle Clara interviews Karla Rothstein to understand new ways of understanding and experiencing cemeteries.

Karla Rothstein is an architect and an educator. Teaching graduate design studios at Columbia GSAPP for over eighteen years, Rothstein is Founder and Director of DeathLAB, a trans-disciplinary research and design initiative focused on reconceiving how we live with death in the city. Her areas of inquiry span the intimate spaces of urban life, death and memory, to intersections of social justice and infrastructure.

rAADio is developed, directed, produced, and founded by: Benjamin Akhavan, Pabla Amigo, Angel Castillo, Michelle Clara, Marie Christine Dimitri, Ali ElSinbawy, Gabriela Junqueira Franco, Joel McCullough, and Devansh Mehta

This episode of rAADio was brought you by: Max Lauter: Director and Creative Producer, Sound Design, Editing Alex Hamadey: Sound Designer & Composer, Lead Audio Engineer Timothy Jacob Kwasny: Recording Audio Engineer