What Buildings Do All Day is an architecture and design podcast on the matter of people and buildings and buildings that matter.
Buildings are everywhere and right now we have never been more aware of the built world around us. But what are the stories of our buildings – who designs them, who pays for them, to what use are they put? Why do some buildings endure while others get destroyed? Why do some buildings become sites of political protest and others become ambassadors of our very identities?
In this first strand of this podcast, host Emmett Scanlon, talks to all kinds of people about the buildings that matter to them. These buildings are real or imagined, visited or owned, existing or demolished, worked in, lived in, forgotten but remembered.
By placing significant emphasis on the people of buildings and their stories the hope is to expand normative discussions on architecture, placing those who profess to be expert in it within wider discourses on design, creative and performing arts, politics, economics, power, climate change and social justice.
A second strand of the podcast will be a series of “conversations” with the buildings themselves. This is so to record their stories, to better understand what is it that buildings do all day in our lives and in our imaginations. It is not that buildings are alive, but it is confirmed that buildings do act and have some impact on our lives, experiences and imagination, often in unintended ways.
Buildings live in us as much as we do them, but do we really know what it is that buildings do all day?