Welcome to the Urban Broadcast Collective.
We are a curated network of podcast and radio shows on everything urban. And our goal is simple – to bring together all the amazing urban focused podcasts on one site.
If you would like to get involved in the Urban Broadcast Collective, please contact one of our podcast producers: Natalie Osborne from Griffith University; Elizabeth Taylor from RMIT; Tony Matthews from Griffith University; Paul Maginn from the University of Western Australia; Jason Byrne from the University of Tasmania; or Dallas Rogers from the University of Sydney.
So sit back and enjoy some fascinating discussions about cities and urbanism.
146. New approaches to a very old problem_PX
In PlanningxChange episode 94 our guest is Laura Gannon an Associate Director at Meridan Urban with almost 20 years of experience in strategic land use planning, bushfire risk and community resilience across both the public and private sectors. Laura specialises in management consulting approaches to the integration of natural hazard risk management into land use planning policy and strategy, with a particular emphasis on bushfire risk and resilience, floodplain risk management and climate adaptation. She has extensive experience in the areas of planning policy, strategic and statutory planning accumulated through a number of senior leadership positions.
Laura is a corporate member of PIA, Member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Emergency Services. Laura holds relevant Planning, Bushfire Management and Project Management qualifications.
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Audio production by Jack Bavage. The episode was released on 14 June 2022.
145. PlanningxChange gets interviewed, about us_PX
In PlanningxChange 93 the tables are turned and we are interviewed. PX was a guest at the Ratio Consultant's breakfast speaker series. Colleen Peterson (PX23), the CEO of Ratio presented and asked questions. The interview reveals the formation of PX, the mechanics of how we put interviews together, what we have learnt and how we work together. A bit self indulgent but there you go. We hope you enjoy this.
The interview was recorded on the 7th April 2022. Interview produced by Jack Bavage. The podcast release date is the 18th May 2022.
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144. Overseeing Inner City Rejuvenation - Rules of the game_PX
In PlanningxChange episode 92 we interview Phil Priest, Group Manager City Development at the Moreland City Council. The following is an extract from the VPELA Journal Revue of October 2021 describing Phil’s career and his recent awarding of the Paul Jerome Award for contributions to the public sector.
“When planners think of Moreland Council, they think of Phil Priest. Phil has been a mainstay in planning in the inner city for decades, providing exemplarily service to the public sector and leading Moreland’s successful transition from a dying industrial heartland to a beacon for inner city urban renewal. Phil earn’t his stripes at City of Melbourne, before joining Moreland in
2003 as the Manager of Urban Development. For the next 17 years, he had a variety of managerial and planning roles, including Group Manager City Development, where he led multi disciplinary teams of over 70 professionals with responsibilities for town planning, building and environmental health.
After a brief stint at DELWP as the Director of Developer Approvals and Design, Phil has returned to his old stomping ground at Moreland Council as Acting Director City Futures. But Phil’s contribution to planning and the public sector goes beyond titles. He is very approachable, facilitative and reasonable, always finding a sensible balance between local community pressures to limit development and pursuing urban consolidation inMoreland’s activity centre’s and transit corridors.
As the manufacturing industry dwindled in the 80’s and 90’s, Phil oversaw a seismic shift in Moreland’s industrial precincts that has seen them embrace change and become exemplars for inner city urban renewal.
During his time, Moreland has earned a reputation as a pioneer and leader in Local Government planning circles. He has led many planning initiatives including the Moreland Apartment Design Code prior to the introduction of BADS, the introduction of the ESD Policy in the Moreland Planning Scheme and more
recently initiatives to reduce emissions. He has championed planning leadership at Moreland through proactive, forward looking initiatives such as VicSmart for 2 lot subdivisions. These are consistent with Phil’s unwavering commitment to process improvement and driving efficiencies.
Phil directed the implementation of a digital planning system at Moreland, well before others. This proved fortuitous when Covid hit, with Moreland well prepared for the mad scramble away from paper. A quick look at the Moreland website today shows a leading Council who understands their community’s needs and the responsibilities of an effective planning system.
Phil is particularly supportive to planners entering the industry and provides an excellent working environment where staff are encouraged to succeed. His sensible approach and ‘can do’ attitude has earn’t him a solid reputation amongst planners and the wider industry.”
PlanningxChnage is proud to be a member of the Urban Broadcast Collective. Audio production by Jack Bavage. The episode was released on 27 April 2022.
143. Ian Nairn reviewed with Matt Roberts - Contemplating Loss_PX
In PlanningxChange episode 91 we interview Matt Roberts about Ian Nairn, an architectural and planning critic in the UK during the 1950s - 1970s. Matt is an architectural historian and a member of the podcast team that produces About Buildings and Cities. Details are at https://aboutbuildingsandcities.org.
The About Buildings and Cities podcast produced a three part series on Ian Nairn. This is highly recommended as a lively and insightful review of the broad career of Ian Nairn, his times and his impact on the public imagination.
Nairn came to prominence with a special edition of the Architectural Review called ‘Outrage’ published in 1955. In this he coined the term ’Subtopia’ for areas around cities that had been failed by urban planning and lost their sense of place. ‘Outrage’ was followed soon afterwards by ‘Counter-Attack’. Nairn also contributed to various books on British cities and architecture (although not a trained architect) such as ‘The Buildings of England’.
Nairn also contributed to the evolution of guide books most notably with his ‘Nairn’s London’ (1966) and ‘Nairn’s Paris’ (1968).
Of his writings Jonathon Meades has said:
"Mere architectural description could not suffice for that land of joke-oak and real rhododendron; what it demands is an acute sense of place and the gift to render that sense. Nairn possessed both, and in his London book he showed a third gift, that of the realization of the emotional power of townscape. That trinity of gifts made him a great poet of the metropolis."
Nairn also enjoyed a lengthy TV career producing programs on various British towns and cities and on places on the continent.
Many of these programs are available through YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The BBC produced a program ‘The Man who fought the planners: The story of ian Nairn’ which is available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvoXJ1Ye9R4&t=137s
Many of the insights of Nairn are as relevant today as then.
Matt Roberts provides us with a fascinating insight into the life and times and legacy of Nairn; we are very grateful to our podcast ‘cousin’ for sharing this knowledge. Audio production by Jack Bavage. The episode was released on 25 March 2022. PlanningxChange is proud to be a member of the urban Broadcast Collective.
142. Scott LaMont - its better together_PX
In PlanningxChange episode 90 we interview Scott LaMont the CEO of EDSA, an international planning and landscape architecture consultancy. Scott joined EDSA in 1996 and has been a driving force in the firm’s practice and strategic growth since. Before being named CEO, he was a Studio Leader and Principal for 12 years, instilling the firm’s ethos with a design sensibility and comprehensive approach to projects while fostering long term client relationships. Scott is focused on the big picture tenets of people, client service and vision while leading the 120-person firm towards inspirational design with enthusiasm, devotion, creativity and humility. He is committed to the exploration of sustainable, modern ideals and fostering values which positively personify humanity by balancing superior design and pragmatic business planning. His broad range of global experience spans large scale planning assignments to mixed-use residential, hospitality and urban works that have strengthened EDSA’s reputation as a design leader. The firm has offices in USA cities and in a number of countries. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida.
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Audio production by Jack Bavage. The episode was released on 5 March 2022.
141. Tested like no other: true grit_PX
PlanningxChange Episode 89, features Peter Malley. Peter is a traffic and transport engineer with over 17 years' experience consulting to numerous private and government clients in Victoria and NSW. Peter has a passion for master planning and large-scale developments where he applies a holistic transport planning approach. He has contributed expert advice to a range of significant projects including town centres, residential subdivisions, mixed-use developments, healthcare and educational facilities. Peter works closely with clients, applying a proactive and personal touch to achieve successful and innovative responses. When designing a transport system, Peter believes it’s important to consider not only private vehicle use, but public transport options, bicycle accessibility and pedestrian amenity to cater to user diversity.
Peter was involved in a serious bicycle accident in 2020 that left him a paraplegic and his disability has offered him a unique understanding of the way transport planning affects the movement of people. He looks forward to recommencing his career after a twelve-month recovery period, applying his insights to future projects, and he has already started training to get back on some sort of bicycle.
When Peter had his cycling accident and began rehabilitation at the Spinal Injury Unit at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, he realised there was limited rehabilitation opportunities to help patients get back on a bike. Spinal injury patients who are able to regain some use of their legs require customised equipment, like a recumbent trike, but unfortunately this equipment is highly customised and expensive. To raise funds to allow the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre to provide this rehabilitation program Peter organised a fund raising bike ride and GoFundMe campaign where he has raised a total of over $6,000. If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit the GoFundMe page at https://gofund.me/d9f879c9
Audio production by Jack Bavage. The episode was released on 13 February 2022.
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