33 episodes

Cityspeak features the visionaries who are designing, building, and reimagining cities as we know them today. From the shimmering skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the stuccoed bungalows of Los Angeles, cities across the globe develop through a familiar pattern. Like the cell cycle of an organism, buildings are constructed, demolished, and reconstructed in a chaotic choreography performed to the rhythm of each city. Join host Max Masuda-Farkas as he interviews the people shaping the cities we love, right down to the parcel, block, and neighborhood. Follow Cityspeak on Twitter @cityspeak_pod.

Cityspeak Urbanize Media

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Cityspeak features the visionaries who are designing, building, and reimagining cities as we know them today. From the shimmering skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the stuccoed bungalows of Los Angeles, cities across the globe develop through a familiar pattern. Like the cell cycle of an organism, buildings are constructed, demolished, and reconstructed in a chaotic choreography performed to the rhythm of each city. Join host Max Masuda-Farkas as he interviews the people shaping the cities we love, right down to the parcel, block, and neighborhood. Follow Cityspeak on Twitter @cityspeak_pod.

    Marwa Al-Sabouni: The Architecture of Peace

    Marwa Al-Sabouni: The Architecture of Peace

    Marwa Al-Sabouni is an architect born, raised, and presently living in Syria. Despite the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, Al-Sabouni chose to remain in her home country, a decision which has shaped her philosophy as an architect.

    Al-Sabouni explains how architecture can influence whether a society lives in peace or teeters toward conflict.

    • 24 min
    Brad Hargreaves: The Co-Living Movement

    Brad Hargreaves: The Co-Living Movement

    Living with roommates is no longer a lifestyle reserved for college students.

    In the last five years, as many as one in five individuals aged 40 and above lives with roommates, depending on the location.

    Capitalizing on this trend are companies like Common, a real estate developer and operator of so-called “co-living apartments.” Instead of renting out entire apartment units, co-living companies rent out individual rooms and allow tenants to share apartment common spaces such as living rooms and kitchens.

    Brad Hargreaves is the founder and erstwhile CEO of Common and joins to discuss this growing trend.

    • 19 min
    Emily Hamilton: Inclusionary Zoning and Its Exclusionary Effects

    Emily Hamilton: Inclusionary Zoning and Its Exclusionary Effects

    Inclusionary zoning is a policy born of good intentions.

    On its face, inclusionary zoning policies mandate that real estate developers allocate a certain percentage of new residential units to affordable housing. But do these policies achieve their intended aim?

    Emily Hamilton, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, argues that inclusionary zoning may not be so effective after all.

    • 18 min
    Viggy Ganapathy: If R2-D2 Delivered Pizza

    Viggy Ganapathy: If R2-D2 Delivered Pizza

    Famed urbanist Jane Jacobs once compared the city sidewalk to a ballet, calling it a "complex order...always replete with new improvisations." Soon, this ballet will feature a new dancer: robots.

    Viggy Ganapathy is the head of government relations at Serve Robotics, a company designing small, four-wheeled robots that deliver food from local restaurants right to people's homes.

    • 20 min
    Alex Israel: The Shape of Parking to Come

    Alex Israel: The Shape of Parking to Come

    Alex Israel is the CEO and founder of Metropolis, a mobility technology company that has set its sights on the one of the largest, but frequently overlooked fixtures of the modern city: parking.

    • 16 min
    Dylan Casey: Suing Cities for Housing

    Dylan Casey: Suing Cities for Housing

    What does one do when cities stop permitting housing? Sue them. Dylan Casey is the Executive Director of the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, an organization that has set out to compel cities through legal action to permit new housing in California.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Marko887 ,

Insightful interview

Excellent. This is going to be the prime podcast for lovers of urban transformation in the LA area, along with “Boss Knob Radio Hour.”

DocJalby ,

So far, so amazing

Loved the first podcast. UrbanizeLA has been one of the best websites for a while and their first podcast lives up to what you get from the website.

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