Life-Sized Living

March 26, 2018 in Community, Transportation

Mikael Colville-Andersen is the Founder and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. He is also the host of The Life-Sized City, a TV show that highlights “pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world.”

Some of our favourite cities are the ones that have certain qualities. They’re comfortable – you can easily get around by walking or biking, and the buildings aren’t so massive that you feel insignificant. They’re interesting – there are all kinds of things to see and do.  They’re exciting – there are other people around adding to the energy of the place.

And then there are other places that don’t quite fit this description. If you’ve ever walked on a narrow sidewalk along an eight lane road, you know what we’re talking about. You feel like you’re taking your life into your own hands just by going for a walk. These places don’t consider the needs of actual human beings.

In this episode, we wanted to talk to Mikael, as he is exploring places around the world that are showing how cities can be comfortable, interesting and exciting.

Resources

Bringing Back the Bikes

March 12, 2018 in Community, Transportation

Amsterdam has been cited by many as the most bicycle friendly city in the world. Approximately 40% of all the trips in the city are made by bicycle. So many cities around the world are striving to become cycle friendly, so we thought we’d find out more about the Amsterdam story. This week, we talk to Cornelia Dinca about how the city became a biker’s paradise.

Sustainable Amsterdam: http://sustainableamsterdam.com

Are Cities for People or Cars? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEPnZ952NFI

Historical Photos of Amsterdam’s Streets: https://www.fastcompany.com/3052699/these-historical-photos-show-how-amsterdam-turned-itself-into-a-bike-riders-paradise

Cultivating Local Leadership

February 26, 2018 in Community

Challenge Detroit provides a great example of how to develop dynamic urban leaders. Our conversation with Shelley Danner in this episode provides insights into how we can all think differently about leadership in our cities.

Learn more about Challenge Detroit: http://www.challengedetroit.org

Connect with Shelley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shelleydanner/