15 episodes

We explore the innovations and ideas that will transform our cities.

City of the Future Sidewalk Labs

    • Technology
    • 4.5, 195 Ratings

We explore the innovations and ideas that will transform our cities.

    Introducing The Sidewalk Weekly!

    Introducing The Sidewalk Weekly!

    Remember when we asked if anyone would like to listen to a pilot of a new podcast? Well good news — that podcast launches today! It’s called the Sidewalk Weekly, and it's a light-hearted chat show that provides your weekly dose of urban tech news.

    This is our pilot episode from last week. If you like what you hear, then head to the Sidewalk Weekly feed and subscribe! https://sidewalklabs.com/podcast/

    We hope you enjoy — and don’t worry — we’ll be back with City of the Future Season 3 thi

    • 26 min
    Lend us your ears?

    Lend us your ears?

    Hi City of the Future listeners! In between seasons, we've been working on a new podcast idea. (Don't worry, CotF isn't going anywhere!) We'd love to know what you think about this potential new show. If you're interested in listening to the 20-minute pilot  and providing your feedback, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2U7PScp

    • 2 min
    10: Responsive Architecture

    10: Responsive Architecture

    Buildings today are sealed, hermetic structures that never move and never change. But new technologies and materials are allowing our buildings to move, evolve, and even respond — not only to their environments, but to us, too.

    We talk to Sidewalk Labs' Jesse Shapins, engineer Goncalo Pedro, author Sharon Francis, and renowned architect Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cotfep10

    • 28 min
    9: Affordable electrification

    9: Affordable electrification

    For a sustainable future, we need to turn away from fossil fuels and turn towards electricity. But to electrify everything — our cars, our buildings, our entire neighborhoods — we'll need to make some big changes first.

    We talk to Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, and Sidewalk Labs' director of sustainability Charlotte Matthews. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cotfep9

    • 23 min
    8: Mobility on Demand

    8: Mobility on Demand

    Getting around cities today can be challenging, and new modes are appearing daily, adding to the confusion. But what if mobility were frictionless, easy  —  maybe even fun?

    Hear Horace Dediu talk micro-mobility; Bibiana McHugh tell the stories of GTFS and OpenTrip Planner; Sampo Hietanen explain Mobility as a Service (MaaS); and Sidewalk Labs' Corinna Li imagine what mobility could be like in the city of the future. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cotfep8

    • 25 min
    7: Stoa

    7: Stoa

    Vacant storefronts have become pervasive. Why? And how can we help retailers, and community spaces, thrive? In this episode, we explore innovations that could help address the retail crisis — and embed flexibility and vibrancy into our cities' ground floors.

    For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cotfep7

    On October 9th in Boston Sidewalk Labs' Vanessa Quirk and Carrie Denning Jackson will be speaking on this topic at Culture House. Tickets at http://bit.ly/2lrRC0X

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

citizenkahn ,

Solutions more than problems

This very hopeful podcast focuses on our way forward. Soon after describing the challenges we face they move to describing possible solutions, many of which are mind blowing. A very quick and worthy listen.

Thermostat404* ,

Makes me think

This podcast explains interesting aspects of cities and how they work, and how they can/ are be improved; the episodes are like mini documentary films about specific parts of a cities.

Really cool.

Caskctr13 ,

Inspirational and well-crafted

I listen to a lot of talks and podcasts on topics of sociology, city planning/design and urbanism. Sidewalk Labs hits these marks in a very thoughtful and entertaining way. You can get your fix or get hooked with this podcast🤯. So good.

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