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reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

Czech Republic Architecture News - Feb 4, 2020 - 13:05   1007 views

reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

reSITE, a global non-profit organization and event acting to improve the urban environment, has launched a new podcast series to boost conversations and debates on advanced urbanism from every perspective. 

Named Design and the City, the podcast series will explore about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE's has kicked off its first-ever official podcast with British designer Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio

The series, planned to be released in a weekly period, includes nine of the most prolific and promising speakers from reSITE 2019 REGENERATE for a more intimate, in-depth dig into their current projects and outlooks on the future of our cities. 

Thomas Heatherwick from Heatherwick Studio, Chris Precht from Studio Precht, Leona Lynen from Haus der Statistik and Yosuke Hayano from MAD Architects among others. 

World Architecture Community was Media Partner of reSITE 2019 and covered the summit in detail. Read more about WAC's previous coverage about speakers, discussions and sessions on WAC's Urbanism page. 

reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

Thomas Heatherwick on the reSITE 2019 stage. Image © Tomáš Princ

First episode by Thomas Heatherwick on "Designing on a Human Scale" with special guest host from ArchDaily, Christele Harrouk, has been released today. 

"The connection to the street, because that's where most people are. We are trying to focus our effort on people where are the people and what are the issues that matter most to them and have a dialogue with that," said Thomas Heatherwick.

Thomas Heatherwick also spoke to World Architecture Community in an exclusive interview in reSITE 2019. "We are trying the find what’s the real brief and our conversations in the studio are always to find what's the real problem to solve. Our passion is about solving problems," said Heatherwick. 

Season 1 of Design and the City, consisting of nine episodes, are available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Listen the first episode with Thomas Heatherwick below:

reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

Ravi Naidoo on the reSITE 2019 stage. Image © Tomas Princ

"Cities are the sum of designers, developers, artists, citizens, public officials, entrepreneurs, and the displaced, but rarely do each of these constituencies gather in the same room, let alone speak the same language, and cities suffer for it. reSITE is literally that room. In order to create a city that is truly for everyone, we need to work together," said reSITE. 

"We need to have conversations, debates, discussions, and we need to create a little bit of that friction where the magic happens. We use our flagship event to do just that and frame the future of cities through as many different perspectives as we can. This year we aim to create conversations around how cities can regenerate themselves from every angle."

reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

Chris Precht on the reSITE 2019 stage. Image © Jakub Cervenkai

Episode 2 will be released on February 11, 2020 by Chris Precht on "A New Generation of Architects" 

"We care about fictional stories, but our planet doesn’t. If we are not able to connect ourselves to our objective reality, then I do not see any chance that we are able to solve the problems of our time," said Chris Precht. When it comes to urban regeneration, not many are thinking about it the way Chris Precht is. 

Studio Precht’s modular buildings with interwoven, natural geometry bring “being green” to a whole other level. They are all variations on a theme - vertical farming meant for city-living - and aim to reconnect our lives to our food production by bringing it back into our cities, and our minds through architecture. 

reSITE launches Design and the City podcast series to boost conversations on advanced urbanism

Image courtesy of reSITE

See other episodes and short info about the series which will be released weekly:

Episode #3 - East Meets West with Yoko Choy

Release Date: February 18th, 2020

From working on the launch of Art Basel in Hong Kong to managing Beijing Design Week’s international communications activities to her current role working as the China editor of Wallpaper* magazine. Collective Contemporist is the latest project she co-founded. A creative consultancy with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Amsterdam, it aims to stimulate and inspire conversations and collaborations between East and West. Collective Contemporist works to translate the knowledge and insights from both worlds into a common creative language and to raise awareness on the importance of cross-cultural exchange across fields of design and architecture.

Episode #4 - Fighting Gentrification, Berlin-Style with Leona Lynen

Release Date: February 25th, 2020

Haus der Statistik is a vast, unoccupied administration building in the heart of Berlin at Alexanderplatz. Leona is a Berlin-based urbanist and the project manager at ZUsammenKUNFT cooperative for urban development. ZUsammenKUNFT advocates for cooperation between civil society and administration in order to co-create a better quality of life, starting with Haus der Statistik. It is currently being turned into a model project for a co-operative, mixed-use urban development that is oriented towards the common good.

Episode #5 - How Can Architecture Create Emotional Connections to Nature with Yosuke Hayano

Release Date: March 3rd, 2020

"How do you bring modern architecture into the future and connect humans with nature?” That is the question Yosuke Hayano, principal partner for MAD Architects brings to the table when the studio approaches any of their projects. They are creating a vision for the future city. As they’ve put it, they have been “committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature”. 

During our interview with Yosuke, we examined how they are able to create that vision as a journey for people to meet nature through architecture.

Episode #6 - McMansion Hell with Kate Wagner

Release Date: March 10th, 2020

If you've never heard of a McMansion, get ready to explore the heinous world of “luxury homes” that have spread like wildfire throughout the American suburbs with Kate Wagner’s blog McMansion Hell. Her satirical, funny-because-it's-true approach to dissecting these monstrosities makes architecture criticism accessible to the masses. It is the antagonist shining a bright light on how these dwellings are more than just unattractive and kitschy - but also anti-urban, anti-social and generally problematic on many levels.

Episode #7 - Regenerating Cities, Transforming Communities with Christopher Cabaldon

Release Date: March 17th, 2020

The longest-serving mayor in West Sacramento’s history, the man behind the city’s outstanding urban regeneration that put it on the map as one of the most livable small towns in the United States, and an LGBTQ+ advocate, Christopher Cabaldon is a model city official. During his on-going, 20-year-long office, the California capital's adjacent city underwent an incredible transformation from a former industrial town to an urbanized, livable community. 

Episode #8 - Designing with Optimism with Marianthi Tatari, UNStudio

Release Date: March 24th, 2020

As a true systems thinker, Marianthi Tatari, Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio, takes a scalar approach to design, addressing issues of experience and sense of place in various scales and typologies. During our discussion, we dissect different aspects of city-making that threaten the quality of life such as monofunctional spaces and commoditized smart cities and how to approach designing them with optimism.

Episode #9 - What Can Design Do? with Ravi Naidoo

Release Date: March 31st, 2020

Exuberant. Optimistic. Romantic. Three words Ravi Naidoo, the advocate who put African design on the map, used to describe himself. Ravi's story is one of reinvention. Just as South Africa was entering a period of newly found democracy, Ravi found an impetus to change his career. Over 20 years later, he is the driving force behind Design Indaba, arguably the most influential design event in the world. The event takes place in Cape Town every year, and it's only the tip of the iceberg. 

reSITE is connecting the leaders and supporting the synergies across real estate, architecture, urbanism, politics, culture and economics. It presents the ideas and projects of internationally renowned experts to professionals and to the wider public, through events, media and consultancy. 

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