50(ish) Episodes!

September 21, 2020 in Uncategorised

We started 360 Degree City in 2018 as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our company Intelligent Futures and to share the conversations we were having about cities beyond just the boundaries of the projects we were working on. this is our 50th episode – not bad, considering that, besides listening to podcasts, our team had ZERO idea how to put one together when we first got started. 

The name of the podcast – 360 Degree City – was intentional. We wanted to explore cities from a variety of angles. Cities are the most complex creation that us humans have ever come up with and we wanted to explore the diversity of issues that cities have faced in the past, are grappling with today and will need to address in the future. In our first 50 episodes, we have covered areas such as:

  • Urban agriculture
  • Walkability
  • Citizen science
  • The impact instagram is having on cities
  • Cycling, both winter and non-winter
  • The mental impact of city spaces
  • Green buildings
  • The impact COVID-19 is having on cities
  • ….and many many more

But what’s exciting is that in many ways, we have just scratched the surface. Our team has a list of dozens of new ideas to explore and after our summer break, we are ready to start rolling out episodes every second Monday again. 

As architect Daniel Libeskind said: Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.

Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities and that is projected to continue to grow over time. It’s important that everyone understands how they can individually and collectively make these places better. Our aim is for every listener to see cities from a slightly different angle than before they listened. 

Looking back over this first 50 episodes covering a wide range of topics, I have observed some important themes that span specific issues. This episode takes a look back at what we’ve heard from our amazing guests. 

Let’s dive in.

City Builder Series: The Transportation Engineer

April 27, 2020 in City Builder Series, Transportation, Uncategorised

Eric MacNaughton, senior transportation engineer at the City of Calgary, discusses what it means to be a transportation engineer, the best it can bring to city building and some problematic practices of the profession.

Regional Mobility

May 13, 2019 in Transportation, Uncategorised

Our transportation systems have huge effects on our day-to-day lives. We rely on transportation infrastructure to get to work, drop our kids at school, attend cultural activities and meet up with friends. And it’s really hard to plan for effective transportation, especially on a regional scale. Lots of transportation systems — think buses, bike paths or trains — often stop at municipal boundaries. This may not seem like a big issue, but it can be when people have to cross boundaries often.  

John talks with Joe McAndrew about how the Greater Washington Partnership’s Blueprint for Regional Mobility is improving regional transportation and improving the day-to-day transportation experiences for folks in the USA’s Capital Region.

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