5 Design Podcasts You Must Listen To



‘Archtober’ is in full swing, and has us thinking architecture and urban design nonstop. One way we’re satisfying our design craving? Podcasts. Here we have Roger Smith’s Arts & Cultural Programming director, Danika Druttman, share her picks for the five design podcasts you need to check out.

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For the Amateur Urban Historian: The Urbanist and Tall Stories

With a fascination for disruptive technologies, innovative ideas and housing solutions, Monocle guides listeners through the challenges and opportunities cities face moving into the future in two shows. “The Urbanist is a long-form show focusing on broad urban ideas, and Tall Stories are 5-minute episodes that each examine one specific feature of a city, be it a building, statue or garden,” says Druttman.

Full program here.

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For the New York Aficionado: The Bowery Boys

“This podcast delves into the growth of the city of New York through the lens of its physical history,” explains Druttman. Its 233 episodes—and counting—shed light on the streets, landmarks and buildings we see each and every day.

Full program here.


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For Radiolab fans: 99% Invisible

Perfectly described by the show’s title, 99% Invisible shines a torch on the “design of objects that are so ingrained into our day-to-day lives we don’t even think about how they came to be made and why they have such influence in our lives,” says Druttman. With more than 150 million downloads on iTunes, 99% Invisible has made a visible imprint on the podcast community.

Full program here.

For Times Talks Lovers: Design Matters with Debbie Millman
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For Times Talks Lovers: Design Matters with Debbie Millman

This conversational production gets to the heart of design by showcasing the creative processes and inspirations of the designers, artists, writers and curators who have succeeded in leaving a legacy. Expect “engrossing interviews with a broad range of cultural contributors,” says Druttman. Past episodes have include the likes of author Seth Godin and designers Jonathan Adler and Isaac Mizrahi.

Full program here.

For the Ambitious Architecture Student: The Business of Architecture

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For the Ambitious Architecture Student: The Business of Architecture

Danika recommends this podcast for anyone truly interested in architecture as an industry. As the founders say, “The focus here is simple: discussion of ways for architects to create a dream architecture practice: design what you want, when you want, and get paid well for it.”

Full program here.

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