reSITE Launches New Podcast: Design and the City

"Design and the City" is a podcast published by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. Catch weekly episodes starting February 4th, 2020.

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, Heatherwick Studio

reSITE is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever official podcast, Design and the City as part of the project with Shared Cities. We interviewed nine of our most prolific and promising speakers from reSITE for a more intimate, in-depth dig into their current projects and outlooks on the future of our cities.

Listen to the Design and the City Trailer now

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 have conversations on how to design and build cities with humans in mind.

Where can you listen?

Season 1 of Design and the City will consist of nine episodes available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Episodes will be released weekly starting February 4th, 2020

What discussions can you look forward to?

Design and the City will feature Yoko Choy (Wallpaper* Magazine), Kate Wagner (McMansion Hell), Ravi Naidoo (Design Indaba), Marianthi Tatari (UNStudio), Leona Lynen (Haus der Statistik), Yosuke Hayano (MAD Architects), and Christopher Cabaldon (Mayor of West Sacramento) and a few more...

Episode #1: Designing on a Human Scale with Thomas Heatherwick + Guest Host from ArchDaily, Christele Harrouk

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.
Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio

For Thomas Heatherwick, architecture and urban design go hand-in-hand. Like with all of his projects, he strives to consider them from a human scale while capturing the essence of what already exists. Somehow, he still manages to achieve one of his pillars of placemaking - creating something that doesn’t feel like somewhere else, somewhere else we’ve already been. Joining the interview is ArchDaily editor, Christele Harrouk. Release Date: February 4th, 2020.

Episode #2: A New Generation of Architects with Chris Precht

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.
Chris Precht, Studio 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. Release Date: February 11th, 2020

Listen to more from Design and the City

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.

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

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

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