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

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    • 4.6, 108 Ratings

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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Fool'sGoldfinch ,

Good listen

Scratches the same itch as 99PI. Listen to think about the design of your urban spaces and question what you’ve always taken for granted.

geekshavefeelings ,

Excessive tech shilling, not enough context/policy/politics

The focus of these podcasts is far too heavy on technocratic solutions to ancient problems of city planning and infrastructure that mostly exist in cities that were set back by post-WW2 US (or US-style) planning mistakes, but otherwise have well-known solutions. Because the solutions they showcase are often the product of Alphabet investments—Alphabet is the parent company of both Google and this show's benefactor—this comes off at best as lacking international and historical context, and at worst as a kind of astroturf shilling or advertisement. However, some episodes do strike a good balance between describing social context and basically "pitching" the technology; the massed timber episode comes to mind, where an interesting spin on older technology is proposed to effect established urbanist goals like height and low-impact construction (rather than Silicon Valley wheel reinvention) and the listener is asked to sympathize with knee-jerk reactions from policymakers who don't understand the innovation.

Ahoog69 ,

Forward Thinking Optimism

This subject matter is right up my alley! Despite some of the things going on in the world, I tend to think optimistically about how we can use design and technology to better our future. I sincerely hope this podcast continues for some time as there are many topics that can be covered. Thanks!

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