What Builds Us

What Builds Us

By Coalesce Design
What Builds Us is a show that uncovers the ways our built environment effects our experiences, emotions and day-to-day lives. Every week, aspiring architects Seantel Trombly and Brian Sandford will have engaging and inviting conversations about a variety of topics revolving around architecture and design, with a mix of interesting guests.

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100,000,000.... Square Feet
It's the last episode of season 1! Seantel and Brian close out with an excellent conversation with Rob Trumbour, our good friend, professor, and fine artist. We leave the constraints of scale behind to discuss the impact of with time and memory in our understanding of spaces and places. Thanks to everyone who helped us make season 1! Every single person who talked to us, listened to the show, or spread the word around means a lot to us. Keep an eye out for news about season 2! Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode    
45:43
April 29, 2019
10,000,000 Square Feet
In this penultimate episode of Season 1, we discuss the way that gender and race play into our experience of space, at a variety of scales. Our conversation is helped greatly by Caroline Light, the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University's Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, who was so kind to share some time with us. Thanks to Caroline for bringing an expert voice to this complex topic! Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode   
44:45
April 22, 2019
1,000,000 Square Feet
This week we sit down with our friend and professor John Ellis. We focus on his work in the city of Cotonou, Benin, collaborating with a former student and the local community to build a design studio that " utilizes citizen participation to empower local communities through the regeneration of public spaces". Thanks again to John for talking with us! Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode  
38:21
April 15, 2019
100,000 Square Feet
  This week we reconnect with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, an urban anthropologist currently working in Philadelphia. She calls herself a "professional people-watcher", and our conversation revolves around the vibrant spaces in cities between buildings. Let us know which spaces in your neighborhood you love! Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode 
27:56
April 8, 2019
10,000 Square Feet - Part 2
Interior public space is so interesting, we wanted to talk about it twice! We talk about some great spaces we have been too or are familiar with, from the Netherlands to Seattle to Germany and more. Send us examples of interior public spaces you really love!  Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode.   
34:53
April 1, 2019
10,000 Square Feet - Part 1
Back out into the city we go! This week, Seantel and Brian tour three types of interior public spaces with our good friend Ivan. He is not a trained architect, and serves as a thoughtful and inquisitive neutral voice as we go to a coffeehouse, a public library, and a university building. Thanks again to Ivan for walking around with us!  Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and pictures for this week's episode.  
34:09
March 25, 2019
1000 Square Feet
This week Brian and Seantel sit down with professor and author Anne-Catrin Schultz for a conversation about layering in architecture! We discuss how design happens in layers of material, time, and memory, and how having general architecture knowledge can change your perspective on the built environment. Thanks again to Anne-Catrin for joining us! Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and videos for this week's episode.  
29:29
March 18, 2019
100 Square Feet
This week Seantel and Brian leave the confines of the studio and head out to the city! We talk about design at 100 square feet, through the lens of PARK(ing) Day, and hear from a variety of voices about great, small-scale moments in the public realm.  Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and videos for this week's episode. 
32:19
March 11, 2019
10 Square Feet
 Thanks for coming back to What Builds Us! This week, Brian and Seantel talk design at 10 square feet, including how your brain relates to other people, the ramifications of personal space, the interpersonal dynamics at play in the home, and Seantel's thesis. Head to www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and videos for this week's episode.
36:02
March 4, 2019
1 Square Foot
Welcome to What Builds Us! In this first episode, Seantel and Brian talk to friends, family, and strangers about what architecture means to them, before discussing how design happens at 1 square foot. Head to https://www.coalescedesign.org/what-builds-us for related readings, articles, and music videos for this week's episode.
32:25
February 20, 2019