urban architecture

99% Invisible: Public Works

Jan 28, 2018

Infrastructure makes modern civilization possible. Roads, power grids, sewage systems and water networks all underpin society as we know it, forming the basis of our built environment … at least when they work.

On this week's 99% Invisible: Late in 1928 Walter Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler car company, came to New York and bought a plot of land and decided to build, what he referred to as, “a monument to me.”  What followed was an epic back and forth struggle for the glory of ruling the New York City skyline.

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This week, host David Latulippe talks with Margie O'Driscoll, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter, for a preview of the month-long Architecture and the City Festival; Deborah Cullinan talks about her new job as Executive Director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Charith Premawardhana shares some info about the Classical Revolution chamber music festival, happening in various venues during the month of September.  Plus, Peter Robinson highlights some fall offerings from PBS. Open Air, Originally broadcast on Thursday, August 29. Listen now or anytime.