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.

Towards an Equitable Recovery

June 22, 2020 in Community, Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the deep cracks in our systems. Experts are concerned that food insecurity in Canada may double from the pre-pandemic numbers. Long-term care facilities—which have been brutally hit by COVID– are underfunded and under-staffed. And the virus is disproportionately impacting communities of colour. However, without the collection of race-based data, it’s hard to truly determine this impact.

But as our systems crumble and shift, there is opportunity to recover stronger than ever, with a much-needed societal focus on equity and social justice. 

John chats with Zahra Ebrahim, who has placed equity at the core of their work for years and is recently working towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19. 

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Towards the Just City

June 12, 2020 in Justice

Sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have been occurring around the world for the last number of weeks. And as today’s guest recently wrote, “current interest in anti-black racism is unprecedented.” Amongst all this frustration, pain and grief being expressed right now is also an incredible opportunity to listen and rethink life in our communities.

Today’s guest is Kofi Hope, a community leader in Toronto, who has been working towards a more just city for years.

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Cover photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash