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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 15: The Night Chicago Died

EP 15: The Night Chicago Died  A Lot You Got to Holler is dead! For our last episode, we look ahead to Chicago architecture and urbanism to come: The Obama Library! 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial! Neoliberalism! Ben lets us in on how Uber but for architecture will work in the utopian future. (It’s actually not terrible, we promise!). Zach looks back on his own checkered past as a naive proponent of not so great P
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 14: When Does the Present Become the Past? Talking Preservation with Landmarks Illinois

EP 14: When Does the Present Become the Past? Talking Preservation with Landmarks Illinois It’s a pretty wild time to be a historic preservationist, what with burgeoning preservation movements centered on building styles that few folks are sure they really like. (We’re talking PoMo here.) As such, Lisa DiChiera takes us on a tour of all the Chicago buildings on Landmarks Illinois’ 2017 list of most endangered places
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 13: Designing Urban Policy with Katherine Darnstadt

EP 13: Designing Urban Policy with Katherine Darnstadt Katherine Darnstadt’s architecture firm Latent Design creates objects and urban systems, but it’s biggest victories have come from pulling the upstream policy levers that set the context for what architecture can achieve. In her chat with Ben and Zach, Katherine comes out in favor of “extreme vetting” for architects, and how to structure your firm for equity and
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 12: Who was Chicago’s Edgar Miller?

EP 12: Who was Chicago’s Edgar Miller?  Edgar Miller is perhaps the most overlooked artist in the Chicago canon. Art was everywhere and everything to Miller, who used the city as his canvas through painting, woodworking, stained glass, sculpture, printmaking, iron working, industrial design and whatever materials fell his way. His expressionist, bespoke approach to design, art and architecture enlivens some of
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 11: Roula Alakiotou and the Limits of Incarceration Design

EP 11: Roula Alakiotou and the Limits of Incarceration Design On the latest A Lot You Got to Holler, we peek through the bars of a type of architecture that’s largely invisible to the wider world, yet remains critical to our legal system. We sit down with Roula Alakiotou of Roula Associates Architects, who specializes in justice and corrections facilities, including several projects for the Cook County Jail. Roula ta
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 10: A Trumpening for Urban Policy

EP 10: A Trumpeing for Urban Policy  Now that a native New Yorker real estate agent is our president-elect, cities finally have the pro-urbanism voice in the White House they need! Right? NO EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. How terrible? We ask Chicago urban policy ace Daniel Kay Hertz to explain how far the toilet we’ve flushed. Special thanks to recording engineer Tim Joyce.
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 9: Praise to the Squirrels! And Other Election Season Dystopian Fairy Tales

EP 9: Praise to the Squirrels! And Other Election Season Dystopian Fairy Tales For A Lot You Got to Holler’s first election season special, co-hosts Zach Mortice and Newcity Design Editor Ben Schulman visit the totalitarian and poorly described world of Agenda 21, a book written by Glenn Beck, a conservative commentator known for his full heart, clear eyes, and tear-streaked cheeks; and Harriet Parke, a nurse of some
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 8: Landscape Redemption with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group

EP 8: Landscape Redemption with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group  The A Lot You Got to Holler Cavalcade of Firsts continues, when co-hosts Zach Mortice and Ben Schulman sit down with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group–the show’s first ever landscape architect guest! On the agenda: shared streets in Uptown, Chicago’s many, many basket-case ruins and slag pits, and an oft-overlooked question: Is shutting down the Dan Ryan
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 7: Cities, Where Data Lurks

EP 7: Cities, Where Data Lurks For A Lot You Got to Holler’s first-ever live podcast, we shined a light on the most hidden and obscured element of urbanism that’s changing how we interact with cities in every way: data. Invisible streams of 1’s and 0’s pour out of our transit systems, buildings, and utility infrastructure, and into our smartphones, giving us a more dynamic look at what’s happening in our environment
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 6: Designing the Machinery of Urbanism with Carol Ross Barney

EP 6: Designing the Machinery of Urbanism with Carol Ross Barney Architecture is concert halls, museums, theaters, and all of our temples of high culture. But it’s also train stations, sewer drains, and the seemingly anonymous infrastructure that makes the city work. Few architects understand how to elevate this everyday machinery of urbanism as well as Chicago’s own Carol Ross Barney. She chats with Newcity design e
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