21 episodes

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

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    • Technology
    • 4.5 • 229 Ratings

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

    Flexible Streets

    Flexible Streets

    The pandemic has forced cities to reimagine streets so they can be better shared by all — from drivers, to bicyclists, to pedestrians, to curbside diners. But what if we could use design and technology to make our streets even more flexible? So they could change use according to the season, the week, even the hour? In our season finale, we explore a future where streets can do just that — and better respond to all of our needs.

    Read the link-rich transcript at https://bit.ly/33ALZAx

    • 25 min
    Factory-based Construction

    Factory-based Construction

    For about a century, architects and developers have dreamed of the promise of factory-based construction. But, in North America at least, almost every attempt to revolutionize this industry has failed. But now, thanks to innovations in design, materials, and machinery — and a green wave taking over the industry — factory-based construction could be an idea whose time has finally come.

    Read the link-rich transcript on our Medium page at https://bit.ly/2UJrfSa

    • 24 min
    Remote Work

    Remote Work

    In an era of remote work, when people can work from anywhere, where will they choose to live? And what can cities do to set themselves apart from the competition? In this episode, we look at the ways remote work could change not just the way we live in cities — but which cities we live in, too.

    Read the link-rich transcript on our Medium page at https://bit.ly/3jEI0ba

    • 24 min
    Generative Design

    Generative Design

    Could generative design reveal better designs for buildings, neighborhoods, districts — showing us options we didn’t even know were possible? And, in the future, could this new emerging field even empower urban development teams to create better, more human cities?

    Read the link-rich transcript on our Medium page at https://bit.ly/2HcTq8s

    • 24 min
    Energy-Efficient Buildings

    Energy-Efficient Buildings

    If we’re serious about addressing climate change, we’ll need to address one of our biggest carbon emitters: buildings. And not just the new, shiny skyscrapers, but ALL buildings, old and new, big and small. This episode, we’re exploring an idea that could make our cities more sustainable and even more just. Energy-efficient buildings.

    To see images and videos of topics discussed in this episode, read the transcript on our Medium page at https://bit.ly/2HNgo6G

    • 19 min
    Trailer: City of the Future Season 3!

    Trailer: City of the Future Season 3!

    Hi City of the Future listeners! We've been hard at work behind the scenes, and we're so excited to share a little sneak peek of season three. Stay tuned — and you'll hear more from us in the fall! 

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

podcastpeep15 ,

Great Podcast

It has amazing ideas for cities and even insures me that people have thing planned that will make cities better

hashtagnerdalert ,

Subtly brilliant

Love this podcast! I’m not a designer and it pushes my understanding of design to new places...like robots?? Would love to see an episode about who is actually funding some of this design (gov? non-profits? tech companies?) and how successful it’s been so far. Keep it up fam 💕

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.

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