Functional Spaces

In Episode 3 of the Ideal Spaces podcast, we are joined by Stan Allen, an architect and Professor of Architecture at Princeton. Stan holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton.  In 1991 he established an independent practice, and since that time, has pursued parallel careers as architect, educator and writer. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton, and served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton from 2002 to 2012. His books include Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999); Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008); Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011); and Four Projects: A Stan Allen Sourcebook (2017). His most recent book, published in 2020, is Situated Objects, a book of buildings and projects located in the Hudson River Valley where he lives and works.

We discuss architecture as a material practice that should anticipate and continuously evolve over time and architecture as the immaterial structures and spaces between things. We explore the importance of re-connecting architecture with time and process, to once again find a human measure that makes functional spaces sustainable, human living environments.

In this episode, the contributors are Stan Allen, Flora Loughridge, Ulrich Gehmann & Michael Johansson


00:01:09 Stan Allen, Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999) New York: Princeton Architectural Press
00:01:12 Stan Allen, Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008) London: Routledge
00:01:17 Stan Allen and Marc McQuade, Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011) Lars Muller, Princeton University School of Architecture
00:01:20 Stan Allen and Benjamin Wilke, Stan Allen: Four Projects (2017) San Francisco: Applied Research and Design Publishing
00:01:26 Stan Allen et al, Situated Objects and Projects by Stan Allen (2020) Zürich Park Books
00:07:04 Stan Allen, Strategies and Tactics Lecture (2006), Architectural Association School of Architecture
00:09:18 Downsview Park Competition, Ontario, Stan Allen and James Corner (2000)
00:14:00 Bauhaus Dessau-Törten Housing Estate.
00:15:53 Greek philosopher Protagoras of Abdera (born c. 490 BCE, Abdera, Greece—died c. 420): ‘Man is the measure of all things.’
00:23:10 Michel de Certeau (1925 – 1986): ‘Space is a practiced place.’
00:29:00 Paperless Studios at Columbia University
00:36:35 Name of ‘Ideal Spaces’ from the Greek idea and eidos:
00:38:30 Gregory Bateson (1904 – 1950): ecological thinking, information exchange.
00:41:41 John Cage (1912 – 1992): silences that are as important as the notes in a rhythm
00:58:25 Ideal Spaces website: Instagram @idealspaceswg

Interview with Andy Jones: Urban Parks

Flora Loughridge and Ulrich Gehmann are joined by Andy Jones, Professor in Public Health at UEA’s Norwich Medical School. Andy’s primary research focus is on the environmental influences on population health. His core work explores the manner by which characteristics of the social and physical environments act to influence the health of the population.

This interview focuses on Andy’s recently published co-authored study on Environmental Equity and Perceived Accessibility to Urban Parks in Osaka, Japan. This opens up a thought-provoking discussion on the history of parks, problems with accessibility and funding of urban parks, as well as the future of green spaces.

The study, ‘Quantitative Environmental Equity Analysis of Perceived Accessibility to Urban Parks in Osaka Prefecture, Japan’, was published on October 17, 2020 in the Journal of Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy.



Managed Spaces

In Episode 2 of the Ideal Spaces podcast, we are joined by Professor Kean Birch, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change as well as Graduate Program Director of the Science & Technology Studies Program at York University, Canada. Kean’s research focuses on the emergence of a specifically technoscientific capitalism, entailing the increasing entanglement of technoscience and finance. His most recent project focuses on the diverse modes of rentiership in technology sectors, especially in the extraction and exploitation of our personal data, and what this means for the organization of markets and economies. Kean talks to us about the entanglement of space with financial logic, using two key examples of financial/social assets: bio-fuels and houses. We discuss the complex relationship between people and managed spaces, the collection and use of personal data, and the future of management.

In this episode, the contributors are Professor Kean Birch, Flora Loughridge, Ulrich Gehmann & Michael Johansson

00:31:57 S.M. Amadae, Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy

00:56:00 Kean Birch and Fabian Muniesa (eds), Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, 2020, published open access by MIT Press.

00:56:18 Kean Birch, ‘Automated neoliberalism? The Digital Organization of Markets in Technoscientific Capitalism’, published in the journal New Formations, 2020

00:56:33 Ulrich Gehmann, Myths and Narratives for Management, published on Academia and Research Gate

00:56:40 Michael Johannson and Ulrich Gehmann, Ideal Spaces Exhibition, written as part of the 6th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, October 30-31 2017, Heraklion, Greece

Notions of Space

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Ideal Spaces podcast. Flora Loughridge is joined by the founder of Ideal Spaces Working Group, Ulrich Gehmann, and Michael Johannson, who leads New Developments and Digital Design at Ideal Spaces to explore the question ‘What is Space?’.

In this episode, the contributors are Flora Loughridge, Ulrich Gehmann & Michael Johansson


An ideal space: standstill from our exhibition Ideal Spaces, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016: vista of an ideal city designed by Leonardo da Vinci

Tapestry. Moscow exhibition on Community & Place, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, 2020

Centre Mondial (1913), exhibition Community & Place

Terrace World, exhibition Community & Place

Mountain World, exhibition Community & Place

Worldmaking – designing for audience participation, immersion and interaction in virtual and real spaces

Venice Biennale 2016 installation view with audience stepping into the “worlds”

Interactiondevice for the visitor to play videos Venice Biennale 2018

Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927

Drawings and city models for Metropolis: Erich Kettelhut: Der Schatten des Architekten (München: Belleville, 2009).

Arcadian landscape, as the atmospheric event: Jan Meerhoud, Amsterdam 1677: river landscape. Property of the Gehmann family.

Photograms, 1920s. László Moholy-Nagy; Andreas Haus, Moholy-Nagy, photographs and photograms (New York: Pantheon Books, c. 1980)

Cildo Meireles, Babel, 2001, Tate Modern, London

Babel 2001 Cildo Meireles born 1948 Purchased jointly by Tate, London (with the assistance of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee) and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, 2013, as a promised gift to Tate