8 design and construction podcasts worth tuning into

Sitting back and listening may be the best way to take in advice and explore a new perspective, but having time for that alone is a challenge for today’s busy construction pros. Podcasts let listeners absorb those insights on the go.

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite construction-related podcasts. Did we miss something? Let us know.

1. ConTechTrio

New to the scene, this weekly podcast from construction software company JBKnowledge is already making a name for itself in the construction tech space. The show features the company’s CEO, James Benham, along with Rob McKinney, a consultant with the firm and Josh Bone, a BIM services manager there. These tech experts discuss new product innovations, as well as strategies to implement the latest technologies on the job site. Listen here.

2. DnA: Design and Architecture

Some of the biggest challenges facing cities today stem from the way in which they were designed. In the weekly DnA: Design and Architecture, host Frances Anderton explores these issues through the lens of current events. Topics include the viability of public transit initiatives, the impact of legal pot on construction, the future of houses in the suburbs, automated technology, and a whole lot more. Listen here.

3. Constructrr

Brittanie Campbell-Turner, a construction manager and consultant, launched this podcast earlier this year to examine the evolving nature of construction and highlight individuals who are finding new ways to make the industry more efficient and collaborative. Campbell-Turner is an up-and-coming voice in construction and offers a fresh look at where the industry is headed. Listen here.

4. Pro Construction Guide ProCast

From Pro Construction Guide magazine comes a podcast by contractors, for contractors. Hosts John Gordon and Dave Dovell share insights on building products and equipment, tips for working more efficiently on the job site and best practices for running a better business. The bi-weekly podcast also features interviews with builders, remodelers, manufacturers, consultants and others in the industry. Listen here.

5. 99% Invisible

What’s wrong with “McMansions”? Why is one architect giving clients half a house? What are “damper babies,” and what are they doing in the Taipei 101 tower? Those are just some of the topics up for discussion in 99% Invisible, a wide-ranging weekly podcast what explores where design and construction meet everyday life. Impressively produced, its host Roman Mars was named a top creative in 2013 by Fast Company. Listen here.

6. The Lien Zone

A one-stop-shop for understanding the legal side of the industry, a team of Miami construction lawyers offers advice for dealing with contracts, mechanics' liens, defect cases and other legal issues in short, informative episodes. Listen here.

7. Construction Leading Edge

Many construction companies are small businesses, and so contending with big-picture challenges like overcoming the skilled labor shortage, increasing diversity among the ranks and retaining talent can be difficult to tackle at their scale. Founded by a former owner of a small construction business, this podcast features interviews with individuals from in and around the industry whose insights can help small and midsize businesses perform better. Listen here.

8. The Art of Construction

Devon Tilly and Kevin Keefe, president and sales manager of Mountain View Window & Door, in Denver, take a break from business to talk shop in this bi-weekly podcast. The pair host architects, contractors, consultants and other industry pros to discuss business issues across the supply chain including technology, design and business management. Listen here.

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