City Builder Series: The Planner

February 3, 2020 in City Builder Series

John sits down with Larry Beasley to discuss what it means to be an urban planner, the best they can bring to city building and some problematic planning practices. 

Planners help design the city, manage the day-to-day of the city, and build relationships with citizens to act on collective visions of the city. But sometimes plans aren’t implemented properly. And sometimes, planners become risk averse. Tune in to hear more thoughts from Larry Beasley.


City Builder Series: The Elected Official

January 20, 2020 in City Builder Series, Politics

We’ve released over 40 episodes of 360 Degree City, covering a crazy range of topics – from cycling to public art to urban agriculture and much, much more. 

While we’ve explored issues and topics related to cities, we thought it would be helpful to spend some time focusing on the different actors that impact city building. 

So, we’ve developed a multi-part series where John talks to different kinds of city builders about what they do, why they do it and what unique approaches and challenges they represent. Our hope is that by the end of the series, you’ll have some new perspectives on these actors and how to work with them – whether you’re a seasoned city builder yourself or you’re just starting to explore the complexity of our cities.

The first episode is about The Elected Official. John sits down with Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, to discuss what it means to be an elected official, the best of what they can bring to city building and some problematic practices of those who hold elected office. 


  • Follow Naheed Nenshi on Twitter: @nenshi