Updated: Nov 18
In episode 30 of Think Big Podcast, the first in season 2, I summarise some of my biggest learnings about housing affordability and its impact on the architecture and design profession.
Think Big is a podcast is for you if English is your second, third or (fourth - impressive!) language and you want to build more relevant vocabulary naturally by listening to interesting topics in architecture and feel more confident to use the language at work or in your studies.
We don't JUST focus on the grammar, we get you excited again about improving your language and communication skills:
In this episode I discuss:
✨ What housing affordability is and why it matters
✨ The role architects and designs should play and the key things we can do
✨ Some interesting project examples
This is just one of the many varied topics my clients and I discuss in our sessions to build relevant vocabulary and get them to speak and share their thoughts, ideas and opinions!
✨ Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/archienglishteacher
✨ Connect with me on LinkedIn Tara Cull
Extended Show Notes
In the extended show notes, you'll find all the links related to this lesson and you have the option of watching the video, listening to the audio on the transcript player or you'll find Think Big on all your favourite podcast players.
Architects Design Just 2% of All Houses – Why?
Example Projects My Architectural Philosophy - Bring the community into the process (Alejandro Aravena)
Designs for Carbon-Positive Affordable Housing
Cascina Merlata - C + S Architects , Milan
Opod - Cybertects, Hong Kong
Brink Tower - Mecanoo
All too often - too frequently We see this problem all too often.
follow suit - conform to another's actions.
making ends meet - earning just enough money to live on.
give up - stop making an effort and admit defeat
kick back - relax and enjoy yourself
built out - the growth, development, or expansion of something.
check out - inspect or look at
Key Content Vocabulary
inflation - a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
democratise (verb) - make (something) accessible to everyone.
hustle and bustle - (noun) - a large amount of activity and work, usually in noisy surroundings.
social housing (noun) - housing provided for low-income people or with particular needs by government agencies or non-profit organisations.
property ladder (noun) - a series of ascending stages by which people are perceived to progress as they can buy more expensive houses,
adequate (adj) - satisfactory / acceptable (sometimes bare minimum)
communal living spaces (noun) - shared living spaces
open-source design - the goal of the open-source architecture movement is to share architectural designs, drawings, 3D renderings, and documentation under open-source licenses so that anyone can use or modify them.
Read more about Open Source Sharing.
incremental (adj) - step by step or on a fixed scale
incrementally (adverb) regular increase on a scale
prototype - preliminary version
carbon positive - goes beyond achieving net-zero carbon emissions to create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide.
cohesion - forming a united whole
price hike - increase in costs
cutting edge - the latest or most advanced stage in developing something.
Download the transcript or listen to the episode through the player
Back to top
Have any questions about anything you've heard in today's episode? Send me an email.
Want to uplevel your communication skills to present your projects with more confidence? Find out more about my 1:1 & coaching programs. Find more examples to help you feel more prepared in our Coaching Guide, Planner and Language Guides.