6 episodes

In this new series, UCL Future Cities explores the complexity of urban living. We’ll be examining today’s most crucial topics and how technology, climate change, health and society all interconnect with the urban spaces of tomorrow. Listen to cutting edge conversations from experts who ask what the future of our cities might be and how new research and applied innovation can help.

In this first six-part series, we’re looking at London and what the future holds for the city’s many communities.

Tune in every Thursday for discussions on gentrification, city planning, and the effects of Brexit and coronavirus on the capital, plus much more.

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In this new series, UCL Future Cities explores the complexity of urban living. We’ll be examining today’s most crucial topics and how technology, climate change, health and society all interconnect with the urban spaces of tomorrow. Listen to cutting edge conversations from experts who ask what the future of our cities might be and how new research and applied innovation can help.

In this first six-part series, we’re looking at London and what the future holds for the city’s many communities.

Tune in every Thursday for discussions on gentrification, city planning, and the effects of Brexit and coronavirus on the capital, plus much more.

    Live Finale: From New York to Camden The High Line Effect

    Live Finale: From New York to Camden The High Line Effect

    For our live finale event, we hosted a fascinating debate with Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett and editor of Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park; Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of Camden Town Unlimited and the Camden Highline; and Jodie Eastwood, CEO of London’s Knowledge Quarter, who explore how the New York ‘High Line effect’ might shape the future of Camden.
    Using the learnings from the New York High Line, they discuss the impact this famous park has had on the city and people of New York, and ask whether tourism, gentrification and investment can or will benefit the local community.

    • 47 min
    Learning and working in a future London

    Learning and working in a future London

    This week, we’re looking at knowledge, skills and jobs in a future London. How has the pandemic affected education, and what lessons can we take from it in the future? How can we continue to attract and retain talent in an era of virtual working, and how will increasing digitisation augment learning and social justice?

    • 22 min
    Memory Maps of London

    Memory Maps of London

    This episode is all about the capital’s memory maps and why we need to remember and preserve the past as we step into the future. We’ll be taking a look at several memory maps from around London and how these intersect with culture, gender, race and religion.

    • 28 min
    Is London truly a Smart City?

    Is London truly a Smart City?

    This week’s episode is all about Smart Cities – but what does that mean in reality? We are living and working in a city where technology is becoming increasingly embedded into the fabric of London. But is this technological freedom improving our lives or is consumer exploitation enslaving us? Should we be resisting or embracing urban technology?
    Join the discussion with special guests Dr Sarah Wise and Prof Duncan Wilson from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment, and Kulveer Ranger, UCL alumnus and an expert in digital transformation, and Senior Vice President of Strategy Communications for Atos UK&I.
    Visit www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts/ucl-future-cities for the transcript and more details.

    • 29 min
    How gentrification has created a city of paradoxes

    How gentrification has created a city of paradoxes

    There are two sides to the gentrification debate and in Episode 2 of Future Cities, we are discussing how London is a city of paradoxes. We'll be looking at the system of gentrification in-depth: at the positives outcomes of urban development, plus the negative impacts it has on marginalised communities.

    • 32 min
    Post-Pandemic, Post-Brexit London

    Post-Pandemic, Post-Brexit London

    In this first six-part series, we’re looking at London and what the future holds for the city’s many communities.

    What are the challenges facing London as it comes out of the pandemic and into a post-Brexit world? Join Prof Alan Thompson, Pro-Vice-Provost for London, in conversation with Dr Jon Reades from The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

    • 24 min

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