On Tuesday, 7th February, the architectural program The Architects started again after a summer break on 3RRR Independent Radio in Melbourne. The Architects, which first started airing in 2004, is a weekly program hosted by the architects Simon Knott, Stuart Harrison and Christine Phillips and the international correspondent Rory Hide.
This non-profit initiative has only the purpose to be the vehicle of promotion for architecture projects, urban design and events. It is possible to follow the show on its FM broadcast and also via the web every Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm (GMT+10).
Every week the program talks about local and international architecture with guests who are invited to discuss or show their work, broken up by a music playlist created by the team. The show is set up as an informal conversation with its guests. It aims to not only bring in an expert audience but to appeal to anyone who may be interested in or curious about the challenges of the city. What makes the broadcast so interesting is that its hosts come from different backgrounds and practices and therefore have different viewpoints to contribute to the discussion.
Christine Phillips is the Director of Open Haus Studio; Stuart Harrison is the Director of Harrison and White, and Simon Knott is the Director of BKK Architects. All of these practices are involved in the construction of their projects as well as the research and media communication. The team was selected to participate in the Australian Pavilion in the Biennale di Venezia 2012.
Simon Knott participated in the last Biennale for the Australian Exposition, entitled Now + When – Australian Urbanism, which envisioned the future cities in 2050 and also in the 2008 Biennale where they were invited to create a model to reinterpret Buckminster Fullers’ geodesic dome.
In a time where we are surrounded by a lot of architecture’s images from all over the world, thanks to 3D modelling and photos readily available on the internet, it is interesting to see how radio is still working as a good medium to talk about architecture at a high level which is also understandable to everyone.