BBC Radio 4 : The Listening Project's Pod : RIBA Competitions: England 2013
The design of BBC Radio 4's Listening Project Pod was an international architectural competition administered by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Over 80 designs were received from 13 countries worldwide.
The Listening Project, is a BBC Radio 4 initiative in partnership with BBC Local Radio,
in which people across the UK volunteer to record a conversation with someone close to them about a subject
they've never discussed intimately before.
The conversations are archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait
of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. The project has had an impact on many people's lives already,
as well as producing some truly memorable radio moments.
Concept and Design Challenge
The Listening Project is about creating important conversational opportunities between two people - siblings, parents, couples etc.
The design challenge is to create a special Listening Pod to travel around the UK, to extend the geographical reach of this unique and important oral history project.
The proposed Listening Project Pod design conceptually responds to the brief by invoking the architectural
idea of the 'container' versus the 'contained'. The juxtaposition of the physical container object (pod) and
invisible contained recorded conversation (seed).
Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 commented: "My fellow panellists and I were hugely impressed by the range, the effort and the overall standard of the designs submitted, combining creative flair and technical precision as they did."