One of my favourite TV programs is the UK’s (and more latterly the Australian version) Grand Designs. I watch the program at so many levels. It’s not just about design and architecture; its more than that. A part of the interest is the role of form, beauty and space in nourishing what it means to be human and what it means to grow humanly.
This same sense of engaging at multiple levels was also evident in a recent (24/09/11) Radio New Zealand interview with Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs’ front person. He talks about more than the program. He talks about the need to resist throwing out the old and replacing it with the new, the importance of taking context seriously in both the design and building phases of a project, and many many other fascinating topics.
You’ll find the interview here as a podcast.