13. Holistic Architecture and Going Beyond Buildings, with Nat Cheshire

13. Holistic Architecture and Going Beyond Buildings, with Nat Cheshire

What is architecture? It’s easy to think of it as a clearly defined profession. But at the cutting-edge, architecture goes far beyond what we traditionally see as the role of an architect. In fact, it goes far beyond buildings, as Nat Cheshire and the team at Cheshire Architects are proving. 

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It’s not going too far to say that Nat is something of a visionary when it comes to architecture and creating spaces that work for people. Nat and his team at Cheshire Architects are redefining what the term architecture means and taking its role to a new level. Along the way their influencing everything from entire city blocks to the buttons the waiters will wear at the restaurant on the corner of that block. Talk about holistic.

In this episode, Nat shares some of the philosophies, principles and practices that drive his work and that of his team, and how it’s reshaping perceptions of what architecture means.

Here’s what we build on in this conversation:

  • -Why architecture isn’t about four walls and a roof
  • -Fundamental design principles for great spaces (Nat’s secret sauce)
  • -A look behind the curtain of an interdisciplinary firm
  • -Designing not just better buildings, but better lives
  • -How spaces create the stages on which we live our lives
  • -Why it takes more than just architects to design a city
  • -Thoughts on creating hospitality spaces (and how they influence us to happily pay $3 more for a beer)
  • -Thoughts on the evolution of building design
  • -Why long-term planning is overrated
  • -A look into the crystal ball and the future of our cities



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