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The Life-Sized City Urbanism Podcast is hosted by Mikael Colville-Andersen. As an urban designer working with cities around the world, an author and the host of The Life-Sized City tv series about urbanism, Colville-Andersen hopes curates a wide variety of urban topics. Interviewing passionate urban citizens around the world about issues that affect our cities.

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The Life-Sized City Urbanism Podcast is hosted by Mikael Colville-Andersen. As an urban designer working with cities around the world, an author and the host of The Life-Sized City tv series about urbanism, Colville-Andersen hopes curates a wide variety of urban topics. Interviewing passionate urban citizens around the world about issues that affect our cities.

    A conversation with Bianca Hermansen about Democratic Design in Cities - Ep 16

    A conversation with Bianca Hermansen about Democratic Design in Cities - Ep 16

    Mikael has a conversation with his friend and colleague Bianca Hermansen - Danish architect and urban planner - about the oft used phrase “Democratic Design”. What it is supposed to mean and whether or not we’re anywhere close to actually doing it properly. They’re not optimistic. Urban design and planning are falling even farther behind despite the intensifying need for designing cities for everyone in them - not just the cis, car-driving male demographic. Bianca’s research shows that 72% of people in London feel excluded from their own city and that is the case in most cities around the world. She highlights the need for curating our cities in order to get back to being life-sized spaces for all citizens.

    • 46 min
    A Conversation with Anni Sinnemäki - Deputy Mayor of Helsinki - Ep15

    A Conversation with Anni Sinnemäki - Deputy Mayor of Helsinki - Ep15

    Mikael interviews Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Anni Sinnemäki. She is basically the politician you wish you could vote for in your city. They had an all-round conversation about her visions for where Helsinki is headed. Carbon neutrality, a zero carbon future, energy transition, the folly of biomass, the ridiculousness of e-scooters, cycling design, marketing, leadership, inspiration from other cities and a whole bunch more.

    • 43 min
    The State of the Urban Cycling Nation in Paris - Ep 14

    The State of the Urban Cycling Nation in Paris - Ep 14

    Mikael discusses the state of the urban cycling nation in Paris with urban designer and mobility consultant Romain Loubiére while sitting on the canal in the spring sunshine on Canal Saint-Martin. They talk about how to tackle the all-dominant traffic engineering culture, the necessity of human observation in traffic planning, Paris’ investment in sub-standard design, who all the new cyclists in Paris are, the new car-light streets around Canal Saint Martin and how Paris - luckily - didn’t build all the highways that were planned in the city centre back in the 1960s.

    Music by Phil Creamer from http://hereonout.ca

    • 36 min
    Climaphobia - The B-Movie We're Forced to Watch

    Climaphobia - The B-Movie We're Forced to Watch

    We've spent outrageous amounts of time and money trying to engineer the weather out of our lives. We suffer from Climaphobia - not a phobia of extreme weather - just the regular stuff that happens outside your home wherever you may live.

    Changing peoples' perception is the greatest challenge facing our work to modernise our cities. Understanding what we're up against is important. Showing before telling is key. Effective communication is vital.

    Mikael Colville-Andersen's website: http://colville-andersen.com

    Music by Phil Creamer from http://hereonout.ca

    • 18 min
    The Social Ideology of the Motorcar - Mikael reads the essay by André Gorz Ep12

    The Social Ideology of the Motorcar - Mikael reads the essay by André Gorz Ep12

    Mikael reads aloud from the 1973 essay, The Social Ideology of the Motorcar, by French-Austrian philosopher André Gorz. It is a seminal work that is just as relevant today as it was back then and it has been a big influence on Mikael's work in urbanism.

    • 23 min
    The Slow Movement, Aging and COVID19 - How it All Relates to Urbanism Ep11

    The Slow Movement, Aging and COVID19 - How it All Relates to Urbanism Ep11

    Mikael has a conversation with Canadian writer and thinker, Carl Honoré, about the Slow Movement, ageing, the COVID19 pandemic and how it all relates to urbanism. You can watch the video of this conversation on the Life-Sized City youtube channel at:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUPJzUyEFmo&ab_channel=TheLife-SizedCity

    • 55 min

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