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January 28 2014


Our Underground Future

When we think of underground space many of us think of carparks, subways and storage. Or we think of dark science fiction scenarios – mole people living deep below our cities! But as we move into an increasingly urbanised 21st century – is it time to rethink the way we construct? And start building down as well as up? A growing number of people think we should be making better use of our underground ‘real estate’ as a way to ease some of our future urban pressures.

January 22 2014


Teju Cole: A “Seething Intelligence” on a Long Journey

January 04 2014


Trams: Los Angeles - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The story of the struggle between the tram and the car for supremacy in our cities. 100 years ago Los Angeles had the best and most extensive light rail in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/trams-los-angeles/3348808

December 21 2013


Spiritual rebellion from the elites - Stanley Kubrick

This interview is fascinating. It is an interview with Jay Weidener who is a renowned author, filmmaker and hermetic scholar. Considered to be a ‘modern-day Indiana Jones’ for his ongoing worldwide quests to find clues to mankind’s spiritual destiny via ancient societies and artifacts, his body of work offers great insight into the circumstances that have led to the current global crisis. He is the producer of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey, its sequel Timewave 2013, and director of http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?20129-Spiritual-rebellion-from-the-elites-Stanley-Kubrick

August 25 2013


99% Invisible, Episode 86: Reversal of Fortune

Chicago’s biggest design achievement probably isn’t one of its amazing skyscrapers, but the Chicago River, a waterway disguised as a remnant of the natural landscape. But it isn’t natural, not really. It’s hard to tell when you see the river, but it’s going the wrong way. It should flow into Lake Michigan, but instead fresh water from Lake Michigan flows backwards, into the city. The Chicago River is, in large part, a carefully-designed extension of the city’s sewer system. Reporter Dan Weissmann talked with Richard Cahan (author of “The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond”) about the amazing lengths the city went to, over the course of several decades, to carry away the sewage that threatened to drown Chicago. http://99percentinvisible.org/post/57747785222/episode-86-reversal-of-fortune

June 25 2013


Novara: Series 1, Episode 6 - Struggles in Space, the Neo-Liberal City

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Alex Vasudevan as they discuss the relationship between contemporary social movements, space and 'neo-liberal' capitalism.

August 20 2012


Ali Mangera on BBC 4 Four Thought

Architect Ali Mangera discusses the closely-connected futures of cities and shopping.

January 19 2012


DocArchive: Guangzhou - China's migrant metropolis

China's economy depends on a system regulating workers from around China and beyond. In Guangzhou, the migrant metropolis, Mukul Devichand hears stories of anger and reform.

January 14 2012


Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations. http://www.ted.com/talks/geoffrey_west_the_surprising_math_of_cities_and_corporations.html

November 02 2011


7 Billion: It's getting crowded in here!

High density living is great for the environment, right? But what does it do to our heads and hearts? The Australian psyche was moulded by the myth of the 'wide brown land', so what might life packed like sardines look and feel like? With the world's seven billionth person about to be born, can we learn from the Asian megacity experience? And will we still be sharing a cup of sugar with our neighbours? As the population debate gets mental, we're going in search of the soul in urban sprawl. A forum featuring Bernard Salt, Kim Dovey, Helen Killmier, and Sein-Way Tan, hosted by ABC Radio National's Natasha Mitchell at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

July 22 2011


Spark Special – Marshall McLuhan: Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address

Spark presents a special hour of Marshall McLuhan-inspired programming called, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address, named after one of McLuhan’s own witty turns of phrase. Today marks the centenary of McLuhan’s birth, and what better way to celebrate than exploring the theories of a man who has been credited with predicting the future of technology. Includes - Why The Medium is Still The Message - The Networked City - From Rare to Everywhere (and back again!) - The Googlization of Everything

Orion Magazine presents James Howard Kunstler: The Future of American Cities

As the climate warms, oil disappears, and the economy shakes and shifts, how will our urban places adapt? Will density and communal living be important tools for human resilience, or will city life become costly and unworkable—or even unlivable? Listen to Kunstler share his forecast for the American city, elaborate on his feature in the July/August 2011 issue of the magazine, and answer listener questions.

June 27 2011


Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster

From edge.org: http://edge.org/conversation/geoffrey-west For the past few years Geoffrey West, a physicist former president of SantaFe Institute has been calling for "a science of how city growth affects society and environment". After years of focusing on scalability of cities and urban environments, West, is now is bringing "some of the powerful techniques, ideas, and paradigms developed in physics over into the biological and social sciences". He is looking at a bigger picture and asking the following question: "to what extent can biology and social organization (which are both quintessential complex adaptive systems) be put in a more quantitative, analytic, mathemitizable, predictive framework so that we can understand them in the way that we understand 'simple physical systems'?'

June 22 2011


City Limits: A Podcast with Nicholas Lemann : The New Yorker

Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925 http://www.newyorker.com/online/2011/06/27/110627on_audio_lemann

June 07 2011


Living in the Endless City: LSE Cities book launch

Speakers: Dr Joan Clos, Dr Gareth Jones, Professor Çaglar Keyder, Professor Saskia Sassen, Professor Richard Sennett Chairs: Ricky Burdett, Deyan Sudjic Marking the launch of a new book on Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Istanbul – the outcome of the Urban Age research programme at LSE – the event will explore how social and environmental equity are determined by the spatial and political organisation of some of the world's most complex cities. http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2011/20110606t1830vSZT.aspx

May 19 2011


May 18, 2011 - Segment 1 | The Marc Steiner Show & The Center for Emerging Media

What does it mean to have an inclusive and open city? Students in MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar wrestled with that question this past semester to create Baltimore: Open City, an exhibit of art that explores how we interact with our city, and how we can cultivate a sense of belonging among all residents of Baltimore. Today on the show we'll discuss the art of Open City as well as the exciting new Urbanite Project: Open City Competition, which offers $10,000 for an innovative solution to a problem that has long plagued Baltimore and divided its communities - the construction of The Red Line. We're joined by: Daniel D'Oca - Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at MICA, Design Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a New York–based architecture, planning, and research firm. He headed up the Open City seminar at MICA. Carey Chiaia - MICA graduating senior and Open City co-curator Greg Hanscom - Editor in Chief of Urbanite Magazine

May 06 2011


Full Interview: Adam Greenfield on Urban Computing | Spark | CBC Radio

A few weeks ago on Spark, contributor Jonathan Gifford brought us inside the Cognitive Cities Conference in Berlin. One of the key people he met there was Adam Greenfield. Adam is founder and managing director of the urban-systems design practice Urbanscale and he thinks a lot about the future of the networked city, something he’s called urban computing. http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2011/04/full-interview-adam-greenfield-on-urban-computing/

May 05 2011


The Naked City

As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and old, family-owned shops. These signify a place's authenticity, in contrast to the bland standardization of the suburbs and exurbs. But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the rapid and pervasive demand for authenticity--evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes--has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Zukin traces this economic and social evolution in six archetypal New York areas--Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union Square, Red Hook, and the city's community gardens--and travels to both the city's first IKEA store and the World Trade Center site. She shows that for followers of Jane Jacobs, this transformation is a perversion of what was supposed to happen. Indeed, Naked City is a sobering update of Jacobs' legendary 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Tags: cities

May 02 2011


Cities: Real and Unreal a discussion of Architecture and Fiction with Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, Geoff Manaugh

This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. I had the pleasure of attending a reading and discussion at a Borders in New York a few weeks ago and recorded the event. This is the discussion part of the program, which was hosted by Ron Hogan. The three members of the discussion panel were: Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, and Geoff Manaugh. Jeff Vandermeer, who was recently on IFYJJU, had graciously invited me. His website is http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/. Jeffrey Ford’s is http://users.rcn.com/delicate/ Geoff Manaugh’s is BLDG BLOG The host was Ron Hogan and his site is Beatrice. http://www.ifyourejustjoiningus.com/2009/12/11/cities-real-and-unreal-a-discussion-of-architecture-and-fiction-with-jeff-vandermeer-jeffrey-ford-geoff-manaugh/

April 02 2011


By Design - black glass and the city of the future

In our conversation spot this week, we look at city life, what it is and what it could be. Our perspective is a novel called Black Glass, a work of speculative fiction which reveals a city ruled by surveillance, social division and civil unrest: a dangerous place if you're broke and homeless, where commerce rules and undocumented people ('undocs') face constant danger. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bydesign/
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