9 episodes

Long Story Short, the Future Cities podcast from Arcadis UK explores what lies ahead for our cities and the people who live, work, move, and play in them. We take the big issues facing people in the UK and condense them in to short, snappy conversations where experts give their opinions on the latest trends that will influence the quality of life of people across the country. If you’re interested in how our cities are changing and what our lives will be like in the future, then this is the podcast for you. Look out for new episodes every month and subscribe to the series so you don’t miss a thing!  www.arcadis.com/uk

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    • 4.8, 34 Ratings

Long Story Short, the Future Cities podcast from Arcadis UK explores what lies ahead for our cities and the people who live, work, move, and play in them. We take the big issues facing people in the UK and condense them in to short, snappy conversations where experts give their opinions on the latest trends that will influence the quality of life of people across the country. If you’re interested in how our cities are changing and what our lives will be like in the future, then this is the podcast for you. Look out for new episodes every month and subscribe to the series so you don’t miss a thing!  www.arcadis.com/uk

    Series Two trailer

    Series Two trailer

    Welcome to the second series of Long Story Short, the Future Cities podcast from Arcadis UK. Series one was all about the way we live, work, play and thrive in our cities. But like many things, in the wake of COVID-19 we are refocussing. So in this series we examine the huge changes the world is going through as the world slowly starts to reopen and societies try to reclaim a little normality.  

    • 1 min
    Staying local. Will our town centres thrive again?

    Staying local. Will our town centres thrive again?

    Imagine the town centre of the future and the changes that need to be made to achieve it: what will it look like? Who will it serve and what part does it play in its community?Urban centres are, and should be, responding to the needs of their communities, the challenges of changing retail habits, declining footfall, and the need for greater flexibility in our spaces.In light of COVID-19, how can local high streets recover and take advantage of people’s changing behaviours and values in relation to supporting local businesses, reducing travel and being more sustainable? Our guests David Jobling, Director at Arcadis and Bill Grimsey, from the Grimsey Review, discuss this and more in the first episode of a new series of Long Story Short.

    • 25 min
    Apart but Connected. Is remote working here to stay?

    Apart but Connected. Is remote working here to stay?

    The world of work is changing – and faster than we ever anticipated. With the spread of COVID-19 rapidly accelerating a massive societal shift towards home working, we ask whether now is the ideal time for businesses to think about making some more permanent changes, once the crisis is over?Could this be the end of the traditional, desk-bound 9-5, and what does this mean for how we’ll do our jobs in future? BBC journalist Emma Nelson chats with our guests, Suzanne Lloyd from Arcadis and Charles Hecker from Control Risks exploring how “from-my-home-to-your-home” conversations are rewriting our relationship with colleagues and clients. They explore how our employers are reacting to this sudden upsurge in demand for smarter, agile and more flexible working.And with our cities having previously been hubs for industry and commerce, could this new world of work change how we use our cities in future?

    • 22 min
    Community Spirit

    Community Spirit

    Do you love where you live? Whether a park, a building, a town or city, people and communities thrive when the spaces they live, work and play in are designed to meet their changing needs.This special episode was recorded in front of a live audience. Our guests Kat Hanna, Peter Hogg, Clare Wood and Andrew Tuck talk about what makes a great place. From historical places designed by and for able-bodied white men, to current trends of communal living – do we need to be riskier in designing and updating our spaces for the benefit of the whole of society?Find out what Arcadis’ latest research shows about the five most important things to consider when creating a place in our newest report Liveable Places.

    • 24 min
    Faster, Better Homes

    Faster, Better Homes

    Would you buy a home built in a factory? ​The scale of the housing crisis is well-documented; we all know the UK needs more homes. But what if there was a faster way to build better, more eco-friendly housing? ​This episode looks at whether modular, construction – in which homes are built in a factory and then assembled on site - could be the answer? And if it is the panacea we’ve been looking for, why aren’t all our homes being built in this way? We challenge some of the biggest misconceptions around modular development. From embedding new skills to solving societal issues around deprivation and housing poverty, we ask to what extent modular development could change how we build our homes, now and in the future? ​Our guests speakers are Ben Adams from Arcadis, Jez Sweetland from Bristol Housing Festival, Richard Hyams from AStudio Architects, Richard Brown, Centre for London and soundbites from Harriet Harriss at the Pratt School of Architecture, NYC. ​

    • 21 min
    The Million-Pound Tree

    The Million-Pound Tree

    Should nature’s benefits come for free? Everyone loves green spaces. Whether it’s a park, community garden or playing field, they are crucial to escaping the stress and pollution of our busy lives. But, do they do enough for a city?In this episode, we examine our natural assets and explore how natural capital, the basic conditions for human existence, builds a bridge between the environment, the economy and the communities in our cities. If we don’t factor it in to all our city planning, do we risk threatening our quality of life and wellbeing for future generations?

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Natalie_Sauber ,

Future Cities - Work - Mobility

Big themes currently shaking up our world summarised in an easy way! Definitely worth the listen 🚘🛴🙋🏼‍♀️

AZabieglik ,

Great insights

Interesting podcast! Very easy to digest.

Chris Wiggan ,

Chris Wiggan

Fascinating dive into the cities of the future!

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