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  • Post 46 – New Books Network – Boredom, Architecture, and Spatial Experience by Christian Parreno

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Christian Parreno about his book “Boredom, Architecture, and Spatial Experience”

  • Post 45 – New Books Network – The Materiality of Architecture by Antoine Picon

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Antoine Picon about his book “The Materiality of Architecture”

  • Post 44 – New Books Network – The Speculative City by Susanna Newbury

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Susanna Newbury about her book “The Speculative City”

  • Post 43 – New Books Network – The Loop by Patrick Reardon

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Patrick Reardon about his book “The Loop”

  • Post 42 – New Books Network – The Art of Experiment by Rolf Hughes and Rachel Armstrong

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Rolf Hughes and Rachel Armstrong about their book “The Art of Experiment”

  • Post 41 – New Books Network – Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn by Thomas Hubka

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Thomas Hubka about his book “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn”

  • Post 40 – New Books Network – Architecture Beyond Experience by Michael Benedikt

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Michael Benedikt about his book “Architecture Beyond Experience”

  • Post 39 – New Books Network – Preserving Neighborhoods by Aaron Passell

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Aaron Passell about his book “Preserving Neighborhoods”

  • Post 38 – New Books Network – Asian Revitalization by Katie Cummer and Lynne DiStefano

    October 15, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Katie Cummer and Lynne DiStefano about their book “Asian Revitalization”

  • Post 37 – New Books Network – Visual Delight in Architecture by Lisa Heschong

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Lisa Heschong about her book “Visual Delight in Architecture”

  • Post 36 – New Books Network – Neoliberalism on the Ground by Catharina Gabrielsson, Kenny Cupers and Helena Mattsson

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Catharina Gabrielsson about her book “Neoliberalism on the Ground”

  • Post 35 – New Books Network – Building Brands by Grace Ong Yan

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Grace Ong Yan about her book “Building Brands”

  • Post 34 – New Books Network – Design and Spirituality by Stuart Walker

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Stuart Walker about his book “Design and Spirituality”

  • Post 33 – New Books Network – Notre-Dame of Amiens by Stephen Murray

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Stephen Murray about his book “Notre-Dame of Amiens”

  • Post 32 – New Books Network – Entering Architectural Practice by James Tait

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews James Tait about his book “Entering Architectural Practice”

  • Post 31 – New Books Network – Open Gaza by Deen Sharp and Salem Qudwa

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Deen Sharp and Salem Qudwa about their book “Open Gaza”

  • Post 30 – New Books Network – Analyzing Architecture by Simon Unwin

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Simon Unwin about his book “Analyzing Architecture”

  • Post 29 – New Books Network – A History of the Church Through Its Buildings by Allan Doig

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Allan Doig about his book “A History of the Church Through Its Buildings”

  • Post 28 – New Books Network – Gardens at the Frontiers by James Beattie

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews James Beattie about his book “Gardens at the Frontier”

  • Post 27 – New Books Network – Social Media for Architects by Enoch Sears

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Enoch Sears about his book “Social Media for Architects”

  • Post 26 – New Books Network – How the Working-Class Home Became Modern by Thomas Hubka

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Thomas Hubka about his book “How the Working-Class Home Became Modern, 1900-1940”

  • Post 25 – New Books Network – Materials Transfer by Francoise Bollack

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Francoise Bollack about her book “Materials Transfer: Metaphor, Craft, and Place in Contemporary Architecture”

  • Post 24 – New Books Network – The Figure of Knowledge by Sebastiaan Loosen, Rajesh Heynickx and Hilde Heynen

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Sebastiaan Loosen, Rajesh Heynickx and Hilde Heynen about their book “The Figure of Knowledge”

  • Post 23 – New Books Network – Estate Regeneration by Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel

    February 17, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel about their book “Estate Regeneration”

  • Post 22 – New Books Network – Practiceopolis by Yasser Megahed

    February 3, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Yasser Megahed about his book “Practiceopolis”

  • Post 21 – New Books Network – Architecture for the Commons by Jose Sanchez

    January 20, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Jose Sanchez about his book “Architecture for the Commons”

  • Post 20 – An Architect’s Perspective on Everything Wrong with Trump’s Architectural Executive Order

    January 12, 2021 by

    Issued on December 21, 2020, Trump’s recent Executive Order on “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture” is incredibly misguided and flawed.

    In the inaugural video post from the series “What the Hell is Architecture?” Architect Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM discusses the issues with the Executive Order itself, as well as the chosen Architectural Style that is mandated to be used on Federal buildings.

  • Post 19 – New Books Network – Making Architecture Through Being Human by Philip Plowright

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Philip Plowright about his book “Making Architecture Through Being Human”

  • Post 18 – New Books Network – The Urban Fix by Douglas Kelbaugh

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Douglas Kelbaugh about his book “The Urban Fix”

  • Post 17 – New Books Network – Architect + Entrepreneur by Eric Reinholdt

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Eric Reinholdt about his books “Architect + Entrepreneur” Volume 1 and Volume 2.

  • Post 16 – New Books Network – Architecture as Philosophy by John Lobell

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews John Lobell about his book “Architecture as Philosophy”

  • Post 15 – New Books Network – The Multi-Skilled Designer by Newton D’Souza

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Newton D’Souza about his book “The Multi-Skilled Designer”

  • Post 14 – New Books Network – Living on Campus by Carla Yanni

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Carla Yanni about her book “Living on Campus”

  • Post 13 – New Books Network – The Invention of Public Space by Mariana Mogilevich

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Mariana Mogilevich about her book “The Invention of Public Space”

  • Post 12 – New Books Network – The Great Indoors by Emily Anthes

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Emily Anthes about her book “The Great Indoors”

  • Post 11 – New Books Network Podcasts

    January 8, 2021 by

    What The Hell Is Architecture? now adds a regularly recurring podcast from the New Books Networks channel. Tune in to listen to Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interview Architectural authors.

  • Post 10 – Why Job Titles Matter and Need to Stay Industry Specific

    As time goes on, many industries have begun to adopt job titles that include the terms “Architect” or “Engineer.” While this is most likely to project some authority into the role, it is actually reached the point where these positions are unclear or undefined…Not to mention that these terms CANNOT be used except by Licensed professionals.

  • Post 9 – The Thermal Envelope

    January 8, 2020 by

    To celebrate the New Year “What The Hell Is Architecture?” answers a question we are asked often. That question being whether or not it is worth converting your unused garage into livable space. We also delve into The “Thermal Envelope” and Energy Code requirements to make such a project code compliant.

  • Post 8 – The Vapor Compression Cycle

    November 19, 2019 by

    “What the Hell is Architecture?” this weeks slightly veers off the subject of Architecture and delves into what makes our Air Conditioning systems work.

  • Post 7 – How Your Walls are Put Together

    November 11, 2019 by

    This week we will walk through the process of constructing an exterior wall and its associated windows, roof, and ceiling. We will also delve into the process of constructing the foundation below grade. Diagrams and modeled images provided to walk through each step.

  • Post 6 – Virtual Reality and BIM Modeling – Part 2

    November 1, 2019 by

    “What the Hell is Architecture?” is proud to present its biggest post yet, in it we finish the Virtual Model we started last week. We also finally unveil the Virtual Model itself for you to walk around and view for yourself. Give it a read AND a tour and let us know what you think!

  • Post 5 – Virtual Reality and BIM Modeling – Part 1

    October 28, 2019 by

    The First of Two posts walking through the modeling of an Existing building into a fully interactive Virtual Reality Model.

  • Post 4 – Construction Administration

    October 18, 2019 by

    This post delves into the process of Construction and the collaboration between Architect, Owner and Architect when the Design is complete.

  • Post 3 – Project Specifications

    October 13, 2019 by

    Everyone knows Architects create designs with drawings. But how many people realize they write a Technical Manual known as the Specifications. Here we’ll discuss this vital document, as well as begin discussing the collaboration between Architect, Owner and Contractor for Construction.

  • Post 2 – Navigating the Building Code

    October 4, 2019 by

    An introduction to navigating and interpreting the International Building Code.

  • Post 1 – Waiting for What?

    September 27, 2019 by

    Our inaugural Post, discussing the concern many people have on starting a new company, and the issue of many people advising them to wait. This blog hopefully disputes that waiting will not help a new firm or company.

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