During the fall of 2017, architect Dan Maginn and his son were on a hike through the woods when he took another kind of fall—getting a mouthful of mud. The experience, though humbling, also got him thinking about what dirt really is, and how humans have shaped it over the centuries. Dirt, after all, formed our earliest shelters, vessels, and writing tablets.
In this episode, Dan gives dirt gets the spotlight it deserves. We head to Heath Ceramics in San Francisco to see how local clay is shaped into dinnerware, tiles, and more; learn about a special type of black brick—manganese ironspot—and its role in a historic monument; and dive into the process that forms captivating, rammed-earth buildings in the desert.
Tune in to the full episode below, and keep scrolling to see the projects we talk about on the show.
Tim Hickman, Substance Architecture
Rick Joy, Studio Rick Joy
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