Viewing entries tagged

All things must come to an end...


…including my first podcast, The Works. We had a good run for the last four years but it’s time to move on to other things.

One of those things is the San Antonio Storybook.

Each chapter of the Storybook will tell a different story about the sights, the sounds, and the people of the Alamo City. They will be stories you haven’t heard before. They will about the people behind the headlines. They will be about the things that make San Antonio such an amazing place to live and work.

Produced in conjunction with the Rivard Report., the first episode of the San Antonio Storybook drops next week but you can subscribe now (here or here) and even listen to a trailer that gives you an idea of what to expect.

New Episodes of "The Works" Are Coming Soon

Today the creators of This American Life and Serial release their newest "spin-off" podcast, S-Town. I know very little about it other than it promises to be in the true-crime genre like the first season of Serial and it will probably be very good.

You might be thinking to yourself, "Hey, Isn't there a really good podcast out there about architecture and design?" There is: it's called 99% Invisible. If you haven't listened to it, you should.

What you're probably NOT thinking to yourself, "Hey, isn't there a second-rate podcast produced by that Brantley guy about architecture, those who create it and those who inhabit it?" Well, in the unlikely event you were wondering about that, you're right. 

Twenty episodes of the The Works have been produced over the past two years/seasons. "Runaway success" is not a term one would use to describe the effort but I've enjoyed drilling into some of the unexpected stories about the built environment that have been featured. Some episodes are better than others, but I'm proud of what's been created even if it's proven to be a lot more work than I imagined.

For the third season I decided to abandon the monthly format in favor of a more relaxed, whenever-I-feel-like-it approach. All that is to say that new episodes are in development but there won't be as many of them.

The next episode will be about planetaria; the curious interior spaces where people go to view what they should be able to see outside. Of special interest are the mechanical devises that project the stars onto the interior of the dome above (see image above). Recently these great steam-punk artifacts have begun to be replaced by modern digital projection systems. As is often the case, this new technology brings with it some exciting possibilities even if something is lost in the process.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to and listen to old episodes of The Works here. Enjoy.



This Time It's Personal

that's my grandfather in the background manning the controls

that's my grandfather in the background manning the controls

When I started the podcast last year I realized that it was something my grandfather would have appreciated. You see, "PaPa" was a radio engineer in his day and although he was more interested in the technical side of a broadcast than its content, I'm sure he would have been fascinated to see what his youngest grandson could do with a microphone and a computer.

Our stories intersect again in this month's episode of The Works in which I tell the story of the house my grandfather built.

So please do a listen and as always if you like what you hear, subscribe to it on iTunes where you can also rate the show and leave a comment.

Occasionally We Do Buildings, Too


Last month when I was doing a book signing in Houston I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a writer for Connection, the journal of the AIA Young Architects Forum. This particular issue focuses on how the built environment is consumed by architects and the public and the article I was interviewed for talks about my experience producing The Works podcast, writing The Courthouses of Central Texas and writing this blog (how meta). 

One thing we talked about during the interview that didn't make it into the article was the fact that all this "extracurricular" stuff takes time - the most precious and most scarce resource a small office has. As much as I enjoy the writing and the podcasting and everything else, the return on the investment isn't always clear. Ay, there's the rub.

Anyway, you can read the article online here.