The Architech Show

Architecture and Technology podcast hosted by Joe Banks, Greg Lamb and Willis Lim

Episode 14 - I spit in your general direction!

June 1st, 2015

Joe has a bone to pick in this episode of The Architech Show. Who decides whether an older building is worth preserving even though it has outlived its purpose? Sometimes the effort of maintaining and preserving the older building costs more than the cost of replacing the building. Can a building be reconfigured in order to preserve its heritage yet be repurposed to suit modern times? We don't have the answers but it makes an interesting discussion!

Episode 9 - Designing by Gaming Engines?

April 30th, 2015
Gaming engines have been around since the very first person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D. These engines are starting to be used in Architecture as a way to present the scheme to clients, juries or for use internally. This week we discuss the possible uses of gaming engines in Architecture whether that as a design aid in documentation, assessing schemes and winning competitions through to recording historical buildings. 

In 1900, German mathematician David Hilbert presented a list of maths problems that had been unsolved for centuries. This eventually became a list of 23 maths problems whereby some have been solved whiles others are still being worked on. BVN is proposing a list of problems be put out in the Architecture industry and have started to trend on Twitter using the #bigquestions and #architecture. You can read more about this at

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Episode 8 - Set in Concrete

April 20th, 2015
You may not know this but Joe has spent quite some time working with concrete. We talk about concrete, its uses and what it has allowed Architects and builders to achieve in various forms along with some of the weaknesses of concrete and how this can be resolved through reinforcing with steel etc. Greg also has a couple of nerdy jokes for you to enjoy.

Episode 6 - Can you automate an Architect?

April 7th, 2015

From drawing boards to 2D CAD through to 3D and now BIM, technology is playing a big part in an Architect's daily workflow. There seems to be new applications and technology coming out every week that helps automate what an Architect does everyday. Will there ever be a point where the entire process is completely automated? That's what this episode is about. Also Karate Kid and Mr Miyagi.

Episode 4 - The Cure for Cancer

March 27th, 2015
This episode we discuss Greg's theory on beating cancer, the 121 story tower that doesn't sway in Shanghai due to clever dampers, Joe gives us a history of architectural and engineering feats and also pitiful state of broadband in Australia and why this is a big issue.

Episode 3 - Goose Flesh

March 18th, 2015

Tonight we discuss the NBBJ designed buildings which doesn't cast a shadow with computers software Rhinoceros and also the companion application Grasshopper for facades. The discussion extends to designing buildings with Green Star ratings in mind and how in cities local policy and the almighty dollar dictates how a building is designed for investors rather than for the occupants of the building. 

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Episode 1 - The Prince of Nigeria

February 28th, 2015

This episode we talk about how we all got into the Architecture industry, some of the challenges that Architects face in today's world of AEC. We also discuss about vertical integration in the industry and how it's done in other industries such as fast food and automobiles. We end the show discussing about the Nigerian email scam.

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