Little Free Libraries

July 19, 2021 in Reading in the City

Today, we’re exploring the Little Free Library. These small book-sharing boxes can be found on front lawns and pathways in communities around the world. Tune in to hear my conversation with Margret Aldrich about Little Free Libraries. Plus, Cheri Macauley’s talk at a TedX Calgary event in 2012, about bringing a little library to her Calgary neighbourhood.

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Going Green

November 2, 2020 in Environment, Housing

When I say ‘green building’, what do you think of?   You might think of solar panels, rainwater capture or sustainable materials. Often, these kinds of environmental features of buildings can be seen as expensive or non-essential qualities for buildings and in particular affordable housing solutions. Yet, there are endless reasons why we should provide affordable housing that integrates environmental performance. Sustainable buildings are better for people, the planet, and usually the pocketbook too.

Through our CMHC funded Better Housing Lab, we’re exploring how we can integrate environmental performance into the economic model of affordable housing projects. One of our collaborators in the lab is Matt Grace. He’s a green building engineer and a total expert on this topic. 

Last summer, John sat down with Matt Grace to talk about what it means to make buildings greener. Today, we’re re-running the chat from 2019, in the ‘before times’!

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.