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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.

The Green Urbanist Ross O'Ceallaigh

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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.

    #44: Steve O'Reilly (The Rediscovery Centre) - Circular Economy and Social Value

    #44: Steve O'Reilly (The Rediscovery Centre) - Circular Economy and Social Value

    Steve O'Reilly works in a policy & communications role at Ireland's national centre for the Circular Economy, The Rediscovery Centre. Steve spent over 7 years in the Netherlands, Europe's circular economy hotspot, working on many projects related to circularity and becoming inspired by the circular innovation he saw there. Upon returning to Ireland during the pandemic, Steve took up a position in The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin to help drive circularity back in Ireland.
    In this episode, Steve shares insights into the social potential of circularity, how it is blossoming in rural communities and what we can learn from the Dutch.
    Learn more about the Rediscovery Centre: http://www.rediscoverycentre.ie/

    Connect with Steve: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-o-reilly/


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    • 46 min
    #43: Primal City (Part 2) - Housing for Homo Sapiens

    #43: Primal City (Part 2) - Housing for Homo Sapiens

    It turns out what's good for us is also good for the planet.

    How can we design housing for human beings that aligns with our evolution? In this episode I talk about how Co-Housing and Eco-Village concepts could be a proxy for hunter gatherer tribes by creating small, cooperative communities within urban settings. This way of living has huge benefits for our wellbeing and can also be an effective way of minimising energy and resource use. A Win-Win for people and the environment.

    Resources and further reading:
    Articles/web pages:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_community
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohousing
    https://journal.theaou.org/news-and-reviews/the-popularity-of-cohousing-in-demark/
    https://cohabitas.com/a-visit-to-saettedammen-co-housing/
    https://www.lilac.coop/community/
    https://gen-europe.org/podcast/episode-6-lets-build-an-ecovillage-lessons-from-a-life-in-community/
    https://laecovillage.org/

    Books:
    Civilised to Death, Christopher Ryan
    Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
    Uncivilised Genes, Gustav Milne

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    • 21 min
    #42: Primal City (Part 1): Why Urbanists Should Study Hunter Gatherers

    #42: Primal City (Part 1): Why Urbanists Should Study Hunter Gatherers

    This episode is part 1 of a series about  human evolution, our prehistory and Hunter Gatherer ways of life. Why should urbanists be interested in this? In this episode I make the argument that:
    We evolved over 2 million years as foragers and it is the only environmentally and socially sustainable way of life we know of.Living this way, embedded within ecosystems, is what what we are optimised for and therefore how human beings thrive.Life in our prehistoric past (and in modern hunter gatherer bands) is not nearly as awful as we think. In fact we can learn a lot from their approach to life, work, play and community.This means that our pre-history should be a key design consideration in architecture and urban design. In part 2 (and maybe 3) I will set out specifically what this means for urban design.

    Sources:
    Civilised to Death, Christopher Ryan
    Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
    Uncivilised Genes, Gustav Milne
    https://theconversation.com/hunter-gatherers-live-nearly-as-long-as-we-do-but-with-limited-access-to-healthcare-104157
    https://phys.org/news/2016-07-hunter-gatherers-fundamental-human-social-networks.html

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    • 27 min
    #41: Michael Pawlyn (Flourish) - Regenerative Design, Biomimicry and Systems Change

    #41: Michael Pawlyn (Flourish) - Regenerative Design, Biomimicry and Systems Change

    Michael Pawlyn established Exploration Architecture in 2007 and has built a reputation as a thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy. He has lectured internationally and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com which has since had over 1.8 million views. He is the author of Flourish: Design Paradigms for our Planetary Emergency (with co-author Sarah Ichioka) and Biomimicry in Architecture.

    In this episode we talk about:
    Regenerative DesignBiomimicryIndigenous WisdomSystems Change and shifting Paradigms.All of these ideas are captured in the amazing new book Flourish, which I encourage you to read. More info here: https://www.flourish-book.com/

    Michael and Sarah also have an excellent podcast called Flourish Systems Change: https://www.flourish-book.com/flourishsystemschange-podcast

    Flourish Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/flourish.systems.change/
    Michael's Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelPawlyn

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #40: Disability Mobility with Anna Zivarts, Abby Griffith and Micah Lusignan (Disability Rights Washington)

    #40: Disability Mobility with Anna Zivarts, Abby Griffith and Micah Lusignan (Disability Rights Washington)

    Today we’re talking about the intersection of of mobility, sustainability, social justice and disability rights.
    I am joined by Anna, Micah and Abby from Disability Rights Washington who are part of the Disability Mobility Initiative for Washington State in the US. They are doing amazing work in sharing the stories of how people with disabilities move around and campaigning for systemic change in how our urban environments are designed and built. They want to see people with disabilities in real positions of power and influencing decision making and they talk about the barriers that are currently stopping this.

    Learn more about Disability Mobility Initiative:
    https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/programs/disabilitymobility/
    https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/storymap/
    https://twitter.com/dismobility
    https://www.tiktok.com/@dismobility?lang=en

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    • 48 min
    #39: Simon Pitkeathley - Camden High Line and Climate Action for Local Businesses

    #39: Simon Pitkeathley - Camden High Line and Climate Action for Local Businesses

    Simon is CEO of the business improvement districts Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town, as well as being CEO of Camden Collective, & the Camden Highline.  He is also Co-Chair of the Cross River Partnership and Chair of Camden Giving.  Simon sits on the London Enterprise Action Partnership (LEAP) and is its Champion for Small Business.  During the pandemic Simon was seconded to Mayor’s Covid Business Forum and the London Transition Board, where he Chaired the Business Reopening Strategy Group.  He now sits on the London Recovery Board.  Simon has been leading the Camden Highline project since its inception in 2017.

    Learn more about Simon and his Work:
    Camden Highline Website
    Camden Green Loop Website
    Simon's Twitter

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    • 44 min

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