Currently, cities all over the world are greatly influenced by COVID-19. In the UNECE podcast series, “URBAN Matters”, journalist Tom Miles asks mayors and urban experts on how cities are rising to the challenge, and how they can join forces to share ideas and address city challenges related to the pandemic. How we recover from this depends upon the vision of our cities.
In Episode 6: People-Smart Cities, Tom Miles speaks with Norman Foster, a world-renowned British architect, and Dr. Oleg Golubchikow, Reader in Human Geography at Cardiff University in Wales, about what it takes to get to a liveable green and prosperous future.
As cities get smarter and become more resourceful and sustainable, it’s important not to forget the vital ingredient: the citizens! Cities must be liveable and enjoyable for those who live there. Together they look at the evolution of cities, and how they will continue to develop in the future with learnings from the past and a pandemic.
“A city which is sustainable for people is almost certain to be sustainable in terms of the planet” – Norman Forster, Foster + Partners
In this ReSITE talk, Enric Battle, architect and partner of Batlle i Roig, Barcelona, discusses the integration of biodiversity and infrastructure in urban spaces. Throughout the talk, he shows various projects from the Barcelona metropolitan area. He looks to biodiversity, connectivity, and productivity to shape urban green spaces and demonstrates the power and importance of green spaces at various scales.
“We need to always merge public space, nature, and infrastructure to create a lovable and liveable city for our citizens” – Enric Batlle, Batlle i Roig
The built environment has the capacity to create a positive experience, enhance our health, and strengthen our communities. Today, cities are writing new narratives, designing urban environments with sustainability, resilience, happiness, and well-being in mind.
In this TEDxSanDiego talk from 2017, Technical and Policy Advisor at C40 Cities Paulina Lis talks about the city of San Diego and the movement going on committed to restoring spaces. By adding plants, lights, and other amenities, the goal is to create a pleasant and safe environment for the citizens with inviting and attractive areas.
- a talk from 2017, still relevant today.
“Today cities are starting to use happiness framework to look at policies, neighborhoods, and communities to create places that help us all flourish and thrive” – Paulina Lis, C40 Cities
The podcast series "Design and the City" published by reSITE revolves around how we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable.
In the first episode of the second season, you can listen to Winy Mass, Co-founder of the Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV, in conversation with Martin Barry on greening our cities.
Winy Mass is a man who constantly pushes the boundaries of urban potential and looks towards the future, asking the question –what's next? In the podcast, Winy and Martin speak about a selection of Wini's projects, his think-tank The Why Factory, and touch upon the imaginative Green Dip that rethinks what a "green city" can look like.
“I love life, and I love people, and I love cities that are alive” – Wini Mass, MVRDV
Many cities spend a vast amount of money, maintaining core infrastructure. What if trees were considered part of a city’s public health infrastructure? In this TEDx talk, Matt Grubisic explains how considering trees as a part of a city’s public infrastructure brings a city value beyond natural beauty.
Matt is based in Texas. For 15 years, he has worked in Urban Forestry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and was the Regional Urban Forester for Dallas and surrounding areas. He has been the Director of Operations for Texas Trees Foundation and now works as the Parks Director at City of Garland.
“Our urban forests, our trees, our natural areas, and how we design our cities has as much to do with our public health as anything else that’s out there” – Matt Grubisic, City of Garland