Essentially a modern version of talk radio, podcasts allow for true unaltered content on literally any topic — where anyone can make one and be their own Howard Stern or Ryan Seacrest.
Podcasts are fairly new to the media scene (becoming popular with in the last 10 to 15 years) but have taken off quickly becoming a big hit with the younger population and slowly swaying the older generations that grew up with traditional radio. Traditional radio still reigns supreme solely based on the number of people it reaches because it has been around for longer, but has limited options to the content it can put out on different topics.
Podcasting’s meteoric rise has been greatly attributed to the fact that they give a new and refreshing take on the way people in our current society process information or storytelling. So much of our information today is taken in through our eyes — watching movies on Netflix, videos on Snapchat and Instagram, or simply reading articles on our smart phones or laptops. Listening to another human’s voice discussing a topic that you want to hear about (like architecture) gives the appearance of direct conversation or connection that makes the listening process so much more enjoyable or intriguing. Industry giants are even seeing the writing on the wall that podcasts are becoming more popular and are here to stay. An article written by Chris Giliberti for Forbes in 2016 explained how roughly 21% of the U.S population or 57 million people listen to podcasts daily, and those numbers are growing. Companies like Spotify, Pandora and Apple have all invested heavily in their own podcast divisions as they can see the impact they generate or will in the future.
If you haven’t started listening to podcasts yet, you should try it. You can find them on the internet, or through Spotify and SoundCloud, or an App store. Here are some podcast recommendations that focus on architecture.
- 99% Invisible- https://99percentinvisible.org/
- Archispeak- https://archispeakpodcast.com/
- DnA Design and Architecture- https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/design-and-architecture
- The Urbanist- https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist/
- Design Matters with Debbie Millman- https://soundcloud.com/designmatters