Evolution Weekly 74 // Is Audio the 'Next' Platform for Architects?

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As you’ve heard me ramble on before, I believe in podcasting as a medium of great potential for architects due to its direct ability to connect us all together in profound ways.


BEING A PODCAST GUEST

Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned first hand what an effect audio can have. I’ve had the good fortune of being a guest on, not one, but two podcasts!

In both discussions with Mike Riscica of the Young Architect Podcast and Mark R. LePage of the EntreArchitect Podcast, I was able to very easily share my story and discuss topics that are dear to me.

I believe that in many ways, these podcast episodes were some of the best versions of my ideas to date. I was able to work through them and explain them through the medium of sound. The alternative that I’m used to, writing, would manifested itself differently had I shared my thoughts through a blog post or in this newsletter.


A NEW FORM OF RADIO, 'RADIO REINVENTED'

It’s no secret that I’ve been toying with the idea of my own podcast for sometime now. I was even writing about it as far back as February of last year! (Side note: time really does fly)

And while I have begun developing a formal podcast behind the scenes, something else crossed my desk a few weeks ago that I’m compelled to investigate more. It’s a similar but, different format app called ‘Anchor.’

If you’re unfamiliar with Anchor, think of it like the ‘Snapchat of Radio.’ If you’re unfamiliar with Snapchat, then…

It’s basically an app that allows you to create your own radio station. You can record your thoughts directly through your phone and then those mini-podcasts will stay on the app for 24 hours.

This way of listening keeps the content on the app fresh and engaging.


EVOLVING ARCHITECT ON ANCHOR.FM

I’ve personally found that some of the social media apps out there aren’t quite for me.

As much as I’ve enjoyed writing regularly for the blog, I’m actually more comfortable having one on one discussions. If you’ve heard me ramble on for minutes or even hours on end in person, I’m sorry. :)

There’s something different though about the Anchor app that I’m going to try over the month of April. I’m going to share what I normally would otherwise through Facebook, Twitter, etc., but also on the Anchor app through my own voice.

As such, I’ve developed a new ’station’ on Anchor to help me. I’ve decided to call it, “Architecture Time.” I think of it as radio for the design-obsessed, hopeless romantics of the built environment.

I’ll talk about everything from news, stories, ideas, technology and everything in between related to architecture.

If you don't have the app, no worries. You can follow the link below and go straight to the dedicated url as well. So, I hope you’ll join me on Anchor for some more architectural shenanigans.


IS AUDIO THE 'NEXT' PLATFORM FOR ARCHITECTS?

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. What I do know is that the human voice has a profound way of connecting us all together.

And whether it’s formal podcasting, the Anchor app, or a yet to be created alternative, understanding how to communicate in as many ways possible can’t be a bad thing.


THIS WEEK'S EVOLUTION

I’m experimenting with something that honestly may not work in the long run. But if I don’t try, I’ll never know.

Get out there and test things. Learn new skills and develop them so that you can do more than you ever would without them.

Thanks for being awesome!

Mike


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Ok, that’s all for now. In the mean time, let's connect on Linkedin and discuss more topics like this on the Blog.

Michael LaValley

Buffalo, NY