Design and the City is a podcast about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable.

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.

I think myself, and my team, we don't see a distinction between architecture and urban design. The same verb applies - you design. You don't architect something, you design it.
Thomas Heatherwick, Design and the City




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We are a generation that asks what is possible and not necessarily what is profitable. I have a big hope that we are a generation of architects that do not build for fictional stories, but for an objective reality.
Chris Precht, Design and the City

Design and the City | Season 1

Designing on a Human Scale with Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick’s holistic approach brings a thoughtful dimension to architecture, design and urban spaces. Listen to the acclaimed designer along with ArchDaily editor, Christele Harrouk, as they explore how he approaches projects by considering them from a human scale.

A New Generation of Architects with Chris Precht

Chris Precht’s aim to reconnect our lives to our food production by bringing it back into our cities and our minds can be found throughout his architecture. Listen as he discusses the importance of authenticity, creating spaces that activate our senses, and looking at our objective reality to solve the problems of our time.

East Meets West with Yoko Choy

Managing editor of Wallpaper* magazine China - Yoko Choy - is on a mission to translate insights from eastern and western design spheres into a common creative language. Listen as she discusses their similarities and differences with Beatrice Leanza, (MAAT), Jamie Wallace and Jee Liu (WallaceLiu). Photo courtesy of Damo Yang.

Fighting Gentrification, Berlin-Style with Leona Lynen

A vast, unoccupied administration building in the heart of Berlin at Alexanderplatz - Haus der Statistik - has become a prototype for gentrification done right. Hear from Leona, a member of the cooperative, ZUsammenKUNFT, as she discusses how they are developing a mixed-use urban space oriented towards the common good. Photo courtesy of Nils Koenning

Creating Emotional Connections to Nature with Yosuke Hayano

Yosuke Hayano, principal partner for MAD Architects examined how the studio approaches every project with a vision to create a journey for people to connect with nature through architecture. Listen as he draws on specific projects that embody that connection on a macro and micro level. Photo courtesy of MAD Architects

Human-Centered Smart Cities with Marianthi Tatari

Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio, Marianthi Tatari, dissects different aspects of city-making that threaten the quality of life such as mono-functional spaces and commoditized smart cities and how to approach designing them with optimism. Photo courtesy of UNStudio

Regenerating Cities, Transforming Communities with Christopher Cabaldon

Throughout Christopher Cabaldon on-going, 20-year-long seat in office, West Sacramento underwent has undergone and incredible transformation from a former industrial town to an urbanized, livable community. Hear from the man behind the city’s outstanding urban regeneration.

Giving Design a Higher Purpose with Ravi Naidoo

Ravi Naidoo, the driving force behind Design Indaba, arguably the most influential design event in the world. The event takes place annually in Cape Town is only the tip of the iceberg. Listen as he pushes the boundaries of the purpose design holds with the simple question—what is design for? Photo courtesy of Design Indaba

As we’re nearing the end of 2020, many what thoughts and questions have arisen in the cities close to our hearts and what challenges define the discourse today? A new season of Design and the City will revisit all aspects of future-proof city-making.

Voices on Design and the City

Stefan Sagmeister

Gary Hustwit

Julia Gamolina

Winy Maas

Christele Harrouk

Michel Rojkind

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Michael Green

Salim Rouhana

Natalie Telewiak

Thomas Heatherwick

Chris Precht

Marianthi Tatari

Yosuke Hayano

Christopher Cabaldon

Ravi Naidoo

Yoko Choy

Leona Lynen

Surveillance and Security

Why can smart cities technology be a double-edged sword? How can weaving this technology into our cities benefit us? How can drawing on 5G technology, sensor networks, big data and artificial intelligence help us conserve resources on a massive scale? What are the dangers of the misuse of surveillance that have risen along with COVID-19? How does it create the potential for exploitation of the population? How can we use design tools based in technology to investigate human rights' abuses?

Real Estate Development Post-COVID

What are the post-COVID storefronts of the future? Who’s going to lease them and fill them with life? How will digital and physical storefronts evolve? What role will ghost kitchens play into this landscape? How do we connect investors with funds and people with ideas? How will real estate hurt those already impacted most by COVID, such as renters and people in informal living conditions?

Leisure in Cities Post-COVID

Events, culture and massive gatherings have become an integral part of some cities' identities. Concerts, festivals, expos and conferences tested and challenged their flexibility, inflated their size and drove their business and attractiveness. How will our future cities handle conferences and large scale events, post-COVID? What will their role in cities and future cities be? How will our future cities handle conferences and large scale events, post COVID? What will their role in cities and future cities be?

Food Security and Sustainability

What are food deserts? How do we approach food security to foster future urban demands and ecological resilience? How do we scale-up for the design of new processes and materials? How can responsive design innovate our experience? What are some alternative means for cities and their inhabitants to become much more self-sufficient in supplying their own food and energy?

Inclusivity and Inequality

What does a city that functions for everyone look like? How can we design inclusive, pedestrian-friendly streets and public spaces with grassroots input? How do we prevent pandemic-induced redesigns that would deepen inequity and mistrust in communities that have been disenfranchised and underserved for generations? How do we help build resilience in our communities, designing with and for young people and under-represented groups in society? How will improving public transport, transitioning to renewable energy and investing in future-focused infrastructure create more equitable cities? If we want to avoid utopian urbanism projects in the wake of COVID transformations, where should cities’ funding priorities be?

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