Inadvertently, this episode is all about food – where it comes from, where we eat it, and how it shapes national identity. Our discussion on food and design starts in Los Angeles, where Norm's Restaurant recently received "historic and cultural" landmark status, and a tamale-shaped building strives for the same (just one of LA's many proud programmatic architectures). Shifting east, we extol the multi-uses and virtues of Waffle House, and praise the Waffle House index. This dovetailed across the Atlantic into our interview with James Biber of Biber Architects about his design for the US Pavilion at the Milan EXPO, entitled "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet". We ask him about balancing corporate and national identities in food, and what it's like having the US State Department as a client.
Listen to episode thirty-one of Archinect Sessions, "Hot Dogs Around the World":
James Biber’s blog post on professional ethics and the AIA
Biber Architects' 100 Ideas project
General Motors pavilion at the “Futurama” World’s Fair in New York, 1939
Whose work are you currently interested in? thread by Nick Weaver
Michael Jantzen’s “Deconstructing My Chairs”
Katya Tylevich's 2009 interview with Michael Jantzen
Nicholas's write-up of One Night Stand, an art/architecture installation at a motel, for one night only.
Trailer for "The Babadook" (2014):