reSITE Skipped for 2020, But There Will Be a Next Time!

COVID-19 has changed everyone's plans, and we are no exception. We’ve deliberated on how to continue connecting city-makers in the midst of a pandemic, and ultimately made the hard decision to fore-go our annual event this year.

Our hearts are broken, but everyone's health and safety are of upmost importance. We thank all the supporters who showed their patience during the long months of incertitude, and gave us time and space for a well-thought decision. There will be a next time.

We still believe in the power of coming together.

The paradox of our collective experience - mostly experienced alone in isolation, has birthed a new reality in our cities. When we are able to meet again, we know reimagining them to be more sustainable, inclusive, mobile and equitable will be more important than ever.

There’s an immense energy of us all coming together, coalescing energy and making it a force for good.
Ravi Naidoo, Design Indaba

But, we do have some other exciting news...

We’ve been hard at work developing the next season of reSITE’s podcast launched earlier this year, Design and the City with the same goal out events have - to share ideas on how to create more livable and lovable cities through many different lenses as we can.

We are excited to share our already confirmed guests with more to announce soon! We think now, more than ever, having discussions that push the boundaries of possibility is imperative to creating livable cities for all.

In the meantime, listen to our first season featuring chats with Thomas Heatherwick, Chris Precht, Leona Lynen, Marianthi Tatari and Ravi Naidoo! Have a suggestion for a guest?

Upcoming guests on Design and the City

Stefan Sagmeister

Gary Hustwit

Julia Gamolina

Winy Maas

Christele Harrouk

Petr Rokusek 

Looking for other ways to stay inspired?

Latest released talks from reSITE archives

Obstacles to Building Equitable Cities with Enrique Peñalosa

For Enrique Peñalosa, improving cities means increasing the quality of life in public spaces that create equality between citizens. He argues that inequality is the biggest obstacle to creating cities with a healthy democracy, especially when the last hundred years we’ve built our cities for cars and not people.

Adam Greenfield on the Dangers of Smart Cities

Adam Greenfield challenges the popular concept of “smart cities”, warning against the danger it posses of strictly central planning. He argues that as a discourse, smart cities have nothing to do with cities, treating our urban environments as a market commodity.

Hiroki Matsuura on Prioritizing People in the Shared Landscape

Hiroki Matsuura, CEO and founder of MADMA urbanism + landscape, ideas of shared development, shared space, and shared office, which they see as linked to urban design, landscape, and architecture, respectively. He emphasizes the importance of designing to maintain as much green space as possible, rather than retrospectively adding it after other steps of the design process.

Enrique Peñalosa on Why Equality in Cities Begins with Sidewalks

In order to create equitable urban spaces, citizens' ability to move freely and safely throughout the city is paramount. Enrique Peñalosa, the former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia discusses the important of learning from the disastrous mistakes of 20th-century urbanization.

Yosuke Hayano on Architecture's Emotional Connection to Nature

Yosuke Hayano speaks on how the idea of designing a building in congruence with the environment has become central to MAD’s architectural practice. He uses five selected projects to illustrate the collective’s vision of the future city where the built environment shaped by nature’s dynamics helps to establish a deeper emotional bond between humans and their surroundings.

Leona Lynen on the Collaborative Regeneration of Haus der Statistik

Haus der Statistik, a prototypical concept turning an unoccupied former administrative complex into mixed-use, affordable housing in the heart of Berlin. It is raising the bar for how we regenerate neighborhoods in ways that are equitable, sustainable and accessible to the local community.

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reSITE Skipped for 2020, But There Will Be a Next Time!

COVID-19 has changed everyone's plans, and we are no exception. We’ve deliberated on how to continue connecting city-makers in the midst of a pandemic, and ultimately made the hard decision to fore-go our annual event this year.

Enrique Peñalosa on the Democracy of Sidewalks and Bike Lanes

The former mayor of Bogota, discusses why equity begins with well-planned public spaces, making the case that their democratization is based on one simple urban feature: sidewalks. Photo courtesy of Michael Schmid

Leona Lynen on Planning Incomplete Cities

Leona Lynen sets a path for a publicly-planned revitalization of Berlin’s Haus der Statistik in the wake of a unique opportunity for Berliners to partner with their government.

We Cannot Keep On Building at the Expense of the Environment

In the “East Meets West” panel discussion, WallaceLiu’s founders Jamie Wallace and Jee Liu join MAAT executive director Beatrice Leanza and editor of Wallpaper* China Yoko Choy to discuss trends that will define the future development of our cities across the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

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