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ALL GOOD VIBES - connecting new architectural horizons: A new podcast that redefines sustainable architecture, projects and space according to an augmented concept of beauty. 
Promoted by the online portal Floornature and supported by the Iris Ceramica Group Foundation, All Good Vibes, on air from May 8, invites its guests to reflect on the future role of architecture and design, connecting different experiences, contexts and generations.

ALL GOOD VIBES - connecting new architectural horizons is the brand new Podcast promoted by Iris Ceramica Group Foundation and  international online architecture and design magazine Floornature.com, which promises good vibrations convertible into inspiration and creative thought for architects, designers and the rest of us.

Ideas, stimuli and projects on the theme of sustainability and its various aspects, an interdisciplinary approach that covers science and conscience and reinterprets disciplines and concepts such as architecture, design, technology and art according to new, essential parameters: environment, circularity, restructuring, resilience, social and corporate responsibility.

The format consists of a series of 15-minute episodes in English every fortnight, with discussions open to collective reflection and hosting different voices and experiences each time, featuring architects and designers, authoritative figures and promising new talents.
The same formula will apply to each episode, produced with the support of Lorenzo Abagnale and led by a duo of passionate professionals, Christiane Burklein and Virginia Cucchi, who will introduce the discussion on the topic and then ask the guest to answer questions.

Our hope is that among the topics, stories and opinions of the protagonists, all listeners will find opportunities to expand their knowledge and reflect, as well as a useful guide to identifying values to pursue that will characterize life and work in the future.

The same values that are already intertwined in the identity and design of the All Good Vibes Podcast, where the sound waves intersect with topographic and design references in green and blue, referring to the biosphere and sustainability: a symbol that summarizes and describes the commitment of Iris Ceramica Group Foundation to encourage cross-cutting studies and research, joint development and design, to apply truly sustainable models that promote ethics and a relationship culture to build an advanced concept of beauty.

THE PROMOTORS 

Iris Ceramica Group Foundation is an institution dedicated to promoting culture and architectural and design sustainability as socially useful tools, as well as promoting the highest values of solidarity on which civil society is based.

Floornature is an international architecture and design portal focused on materials for modern architecture, exclusive interviews with the great masters of international architecture and the most interesting news from the world of architecture.


Stellios Plainiotis PhD, NEAPOLI

25-09-2020

Dr. Stellios Plainiotis is the founder and CEO of NEAPOLI, an Environmental Design & Engineering consultancy firm with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Considered as one of Asia’s leading Sustainability experts, he has spent over 20 years in academic, policy and private sectors across the Europe, South East and East Asia. He has consulted over 80 important construction projects which include Crystal Palace Park and Hoxton Square in London, Rohansky Ostrov Masterplan in Prague, Issam Fares Institute in Beirut, Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, TRX, Menara PNB, the Petronas Cititowers in KL and the multiple award winning project PKNS HQ, reaching prestigious awards as the recipient of the Europa Award for Sustainability 2017 (Best Sustainability Leader). He will shares with our audience his expertise in designing consciously and respectfully, thinking about sustainability as a more integral whole. Tropical lifestyle and urbanism will be some of the topics he will touch, above, the problem of affordability housing crisis connected to the Green Building Movement. He is the co-author of the first Chinese Guidebook “Design for Sustainability”, which is now used as a textbook at the Tongji University, Shanghai and the University of Nottingham (UK).

Tszwai So - Spheron Architects 

11-09-2020

Tszwai So is a London based architect whose work ranges from architecture, public arts, visual arts, installations, and writing to filmmaking. He is the co-founding Director of Spheron Architects. He teaches at the University of Westminster.
Tszwai So and the practice have been nominated for and won many awards. He was named a rising star in British Architecture by the RIBA Journal in 2016 and best UK young architect under 40 in 2017 by the American Institute of Architects.
In his work, Tszwai is always aware of the power of emotions. Last year, the exhibition “Emotional Architecture” at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge gave an insight in emotions related to the world of architecture, too often neglected in our always more digitalized world. A world where parameters and thus machines and AI, are becoming the driving factors, leaving human needs behind.
Together with Tszwai we will explore why emotionalism is becoming an always more urgent topic in a moment in which reality and the virtual are already indistinguishable. Still, nobody seems much to care about that, although it will have enormous consequences on our lives.

Tszwai So - Spheron Architects 

11-09-2020

Tszwai So is a London based architect whose work ranges from architecture, public arts, visual arts, installations, and writing to filmmaking. He is the co-founding Director of Spheron Architects. He teaches at the University of Westminster.
Tszwai So and the practice have been nominated for and won many awards. He was named a rising star in British Architecture by the RIBA Journal in 2016 and best UK young architect under 40 in 2017 by the American Institute of Architects.
In his work, Tszwai is always aware of the power of emotions. Last year, the exhibition “Emotional Architecture” at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge gave an insight in emotions related to the world of architecture, too often neglected in our always more digitalized world. A world where parameters and thus machines and AI, are becoming the driving factors, leaving human needs behind.
Together with Tszwai we will explore why emotionalism is becoming an always more urgent topic in a moment in which reality and the virtual are already indistinguishable. Still, nobody seems much to care about that, although it will have enormous consequences on our lives.

George Ranalli and Anne Valentino

28-08-2020

George Ranalli is a renowned New York-based Architect, who has founded his practice in 1977. For over 40-years, he has worked on a diverse range of projects from civic masterplans, institutional and public buildings, private residences and interiors, as well as, product design.  Alongside the studio, he has spent a long academic career: Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and later Dean of City College, for over 16-years, at Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. His architecture is characterized by meticulous attention to detail, tradition and craftsmanship. His work has been displayed in famous museums and his exhibitions have travelled the world. 
Anne Valentino, Ranalli’s life and work partner, is a specialized Neuropsychologist and Professor, and for more than 35 years, as Associate Partner of the firm, has added her contribution on spatial organization of interiors and as an expert in human behavior in relation to the built environment. A couple who truly complements one another: their practice constitutes a really interdisciplinary partnership between behavioral science and architecture.

Episode 8: Irene Luque Martín

14-08-2020

“Everything is Urbanism” with Irene Luque Martín, MVRDV

Our guest today is Irene Luque Martín. She is Project Leader at MVRDV Urban Studio, one of the eight studios of the Dutch architectural firm in Rotterdam and is a PhD in Planning and Urban Technologies awarded Cum Laude and with an ‘International Mention’ during her stay at the Centre of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
She is an active member of several institutions such as ISOCARP, Complex System Society and AESOP where she is part of coordination team of the Young Academic (YA) network, as well a visiting scientist at the University of Twente. Her main role in these institutions is to bring academia outcomes into daily practice methods and research.
Looking at her thesis and current expertise, focused on understanding the role and application of urban technologies (Geographical Information Systems, artificial intelligence, urban simulations and visualization tools) in urban planning, she is the ideal guest to talk about the future of our built environment as a whole. Because if we look closer at urbanism, we soon understand why one of MVRDV’s claims is actually “Everything is urbanism”. What was also the motto of Winy Maas, when he was the Guest Editor of DOMUS in 2019.
MVRDV Urban Studio, lead by Studio Director Enno Zuidema, is active in many different countries and with a broad range of projects, that go from participatory masterplans in Germany including proposals for the resilience of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Supervision for the center of Eindhoven to research on Urban Air Mobility (UAM), where Irene has been involved.

Episode 8: Irene Luque Martín

14-08-2020

“Everything is Urbanism” with Irene Luque Martín, MVRDV

Our guest today is Irene Luque Martín. She is Project Leader at MVRDV Urban Studio, one of the eight studios of the Dutch architectural firm in Rotterdam and is a PhD in Planning and Urban Technologies awarded Cum Laude and with an ‘International Mention’ during her stay at the Centre of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
She is an active member of several institutions such as ISOCARP, Complex System Society and AESOP where she is part of coordination team of the Young Academic (YA) network, as well a visiting scientist at the University of Twente. Her main role in these institutions is to bring academia outcomes into daily practice methods and research.
Looking at her thesis and current expertise, focused on understanding the role and application of urban technologies (Geographical Information Systems, artificial intelligence, urban simulations and visualization tools) in urban planning, she is the ideal guest to talk about the future of our built environment as a whole. Because if we look closer at urbanism, we soon understand why one of MVRDV’s claims is actually “Everything is urbanism”. What was also the motto of Winy Maas, when he was the Guest Editor of DOMUS in 2019.
MVRDV Urban Studio, lead by Studio Director Enno Zuidema, is active in many different countries and with a broad range of projects, that go from participatory masterplans in Germany including proposals for the resilience of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Supervision for the center of Eindhoven to research on Urban Air Mobility (UAM), where Irene has been involved.

Episode 7: Richard Hassell

31-07-2020

Richard Hassell is an Australian-born architect and artist who has lived in Singapore since 1989. He is the co-founding director, alongside Wong Mun Summ, of the Singapore-based architectural firm, WOHA. Known for their dedication to environmental and social issues, they tackle problems of the 21st century with innovative new design and urban solutions. Their work embraces diverse highly influential projects, from residential towers, resorts and hotels, public housing and institutional buildings, to masterplanning. It has been the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture in 2007 to establish their reputation and notoriety as authors of naturally ventilated skyscrapers for urban tropical context. Many other prestigious international achievements have followed, attesting the precious contribution of their projects, as milestone of sustainability. Richard will share his expertise, talking about topics today so much at heart, sustainability embodied in ‘high-density high-amenity’, ‘macro-architecture and micro-urbanism’, and, as a leader of outstanding skyscrapers, he will talk about his vision on how we can build, embracing more responsible, healthier choices, blending living green with vernacular traditions. 

Episode 6: Erieta Attali

17-07-2020

Erieta Attali was born in Tel Aviv and has a PhD in photography. She currently resides between New York and Paris, photographing the work of contemporary architects from around the world.
She has been teaching in some of the world’s leading universities, including Columbia University in NYC, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), The University of Tokyo amongst others and she began her career in the ‘90s as a leading expert in archaeological photography using UV and IR radiation technology. About 20 years ago she came across the work of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and since then she has focused on architectural photography. She crafts images with a unique style, working with film and a Linhof camera, that means big format, with a panora-mic 6x12 cm back. 

Episode 6: Erieta Attali

17-07-2020

Erieta Attali was born in Tel Aviv and has a PhD in photography. She currently resides between New York and Paris, photographing the work of contemporary architects from around the world.
She has been teaching in some of the world’s leading universities, including Columbia University in NYC, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), The University of Tokyo amongst others and she began her career in the ‘90s as a leading expert in archaeological photography using UV and IR radiation technology. About 20 years ago she came across the work of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and since then she has focused on architectural photography. She crafts images with a unique style, working with film and a Linhof camera, that means big format, with a panora-mic 6x12 cm back. 

Episode 5: James Finestone

03-07-2020

James Finestone is Director at Arup Architecture Europe. He is a multidisciplinary leader, experienced in low energy design, masterplanning and the role of Architecture in cities. As well as overseeing the development of the teams in Arup’s European offices, he has recently been involved in a number of sports stadia projects around the world, masterplans in Italy, Turkey and China, Science and Industry projects including Jaguar Landrover, Nestle and Equinix and many commercial projects. He was trained as an architect but has recently also gone back to student life in parallel with work to complete a masters in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the Built Environment.

EPISODE 4: Laura Iloniemi

19-06-2020

Laura Iloniemi, native Finnish, is an expert for communication in the field of architecture. She has worked with architects for over twenty years, advising them on how to lead and support their promotional efforts with a curatorial approach, informed by her education in architectural theory and museology.  She focuses on the branding aspects, starting from the identity of the architect and their practices since marketing - knowing how to sell yourself - seems to have become an absolute essential after the various crises in the building industry. (what makes it very interesting to talk to her in this special moment). Laura is author of several important books. Her first one, written in times where nobody seemed to be aware of the power of images, in 2004, with the compelling title “Is it all About Image?: How PR works in Architecture”, while “The Identity of the Architect: Culture and Communication” she guest-curated for Wiley, was published in 2019.
She will share her insights into the world of architectural communication.

EPISODE 4: Laura Iloniemi

19-06-2020

Laura Iloniemi, native Finnish, is an expert for communication in the field of architecture. She has worked with architects for over twenty years, advising them on how to lead and support their promotional efforts with a curatorial approach, informed by her education in architectural theory and museology.  She focuses on the branding aspects, starting from the identity of the architect and their practices since marketing - knowing how to sell yourself - seems to have become an absolute essential after the various crises in the building industry. (what makes it very interesting to talk to her in this special moment). Laura is author of several important books. Her first one, written in times where nobody seemed to be aware of the power of images, in 2004, with the compelling title “Is it all About Image?: How PR works in Architecture”, while “The Identity of the Architect: Culture and Communication” she guest-curated for Wiley, was published in 2019.
She will share her insights into the world of architectural communication.

EPISODE 3: Jinhee Park

05-06-2020

Our new guest will fill the atmosphere of this new encounter with her energetic and extremely vibrant character. Beyond her apparent docile compliance, which is a bit a characteristic from her Asian origins, she hides an iron will and an extremely resolute character. Very talented and endowed with great originality and analytical skills she has achieved prestigious awards at a very young age, as AIA Young Architects Award, Emerging Voices Award and the Young Architects Forum Award by the Architectural League of N.Y. and the honour to be mentioned on some of the most authoritative architectural magazines. She will tell us about micro-housing and ‘spaces in between’, a topic she has always dealt with since the beginning, facing the crucial problem of living space in our contemporary crowded metropoleis. Environmental sustainability in a tropical country will be another interesting point that will be touched in our virtual chat.

EPISODE 2: Flora&Faunavision - Leigh Sachwitz

22-05-2020

FFV was founded in 1999 in Berlin by Scottish native Leigh Sachwitz. In 1993, received her architectural diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, she arrived in the post wall city, a gigantic playground for creative people where nothing was impossible. She worked in an architect office by day, she helped create makeshift clubs, bars, art spaces for the night using all sorts of materials, light and projections. Later she would add sound and video. Her visuals, sights and sounds are ephemeral and bang on trend, mixing media and technologies, yet they create visceral experiences. 

EPISODE 2: Flora&Faunavision - Leigh Sachwitz

22-05-2020

FFV was founded in 1999 in Berlin by Scottish native Leigh Sachwitz. In 1993, received her architectural diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, she arrived in the post wall city, a gigantic playground for creative people where nothing was impossible. She worked in an architect office by day, she helped create makeshift clubs, bars, art spaces for the night using all sorts of materials, light and projections. Later she would add sound and video. Her visuals, sights and sounds are ephemeral and bang on trend, mixing media and technologies, yet they create visceral experiences. 

EPISODE 1: SET Architects

08-05-2020

SET Architects, a team of young architects, will entertain our audience, imprinting a fresh, innovative tone to our first virtual encounter. With their extremely precise though very concise language they evoke the notes of a precious, carefully crafted environment that is gradually disappearing. Simplicity, a key note of their creative process, combined with sustainable materials and reverence to context and identity, envisions and casts a flexible and resilient contemporary style of living. Rewarded with important recognitions, it will be for sure not a surprise if they will conceive very soon special projects that will stand out for their originality and expressiveness. Andrea Tanci, co-founder with Onorato di Manno of the firm, will be with us, as representative of Set Architects. 

TRAILER

08-05-2020

This new series of podcasts was born as an idea to maintain an open dialogue with architects and designers. The short podcasts will share, through a virtual chat, engaging and interesting insights of works, ideas and thoughts of the most significant representatives of this artistic panorama [these two worlds], from promising young people to famous, renowned ones. All the multidisciplinary aspects that are connected with these two worlds will be examined, focusing particularly on environmental and social sustainability. The encounters will be led by two hosts, Christiane Bürklein and Virginia Cucchi, as narrative voices. Two women who, belonging to different ages and different backgrounds, will provoke conversations more intense and compelling. The encounters, two a month, of about 15 minutes, are sponsored by the International platform Floornature and Iris Ceramica Group Foundation

TRAILER

08-05-2020

This new series of podcasts was born as an idea to maintain an open dialogue with architects and designers. The short podcasts will share, through a virtual chat, engaging and interesting insights of works, ideas and thoughts of the most significant representatives of this artistic panorama [these two worlds], from promising young people to famous, renowned ones. All the multidisciplinary aspects that are connected with these two worlds will be examined, focusing particularly on environmental and social sustainability. The encounters will be led by two hosts, Christiane Bürklein and Virginia Cucchi, as narrative voices. Two women who, belonging to different ages and different backgrounds, will provoke conversations more intense and compelling. The encounters, two a month, of about 15 minutes, are sponsored by the International platform Floornature and Iris Ceramica Group Foundation


VOICES

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Virginia Cucchi

I am Virginia Cucchi, I am Italian but I have spent almost half of my 27 years in a tropical country, Malaysia. Returned to Italy, to my origins, I studied architecture for five years at Politecnico di Milano, with one year spent abroad in Beijing for an exchange at Tsinghua University.
I worked for The Plan- Architecture and Design Magazine, as part of the editorial staff, as writer and interviewer of international architectural practices.
I am currently the curator of Design&Trend, a section intended as a monthly editorial that deepens keywords of the architectural panorama, for Floornature.

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Christiane Burklein

I am Christiane Bürklein. German by birth, living in Italy since 1986, graduated in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature in Genoa. I'm mother of two children, one adult, the other teenager, and worked as translator and interpreter. Architecture is my passion, even if I don’t became an architect.
I’m mainly interested in sustainable architecture, both in an environmental and social sense. Since almost 10 years I blog for Floornature: Livegreenblog reflects my innate curiosity for innovative, fresh, multidisciplinary solutions.
Working as Online Editor for MVRDV in Rotterdam, has allowed me to further broaden my horizons.

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Lorenzo Abagnale

I’m Lorenzo Abagnale. Born in Naples, adopted by Rome, Italy. Always fascinated by good stories, no matter the medium they were told on, at some point I started to study Communication, with a Master’s Degree and other specializations, to understand how their magic works. After mixed experiences both with big brands and independent startups (including Sky, Philip Morris and TheSoul Publishing), in 2019 I started to explore deeply the new possibilities of the podcast (a medium I’ve been using and studying since 2012) as a powerful storytelling channel. Now, as a voice actor I narrate my clients’ stories with my voice. Or, as a podcast producer and consultant, I help them to find and use their own.

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