Urbanism meets food, travel, business, tech and the environment in a podcast that takes a fresh look at the future of our cities - and the people redefining it: from influential chefs, musicians and activists, to architects, urban planners, politicians, environmentalists and entrepreneurs. We travel the globe to ask the big questions. How can we fix our food system? How can tourism be a force for good? How can we breathe life back into abandoned buildings? How can we prevent natural disasters? How is remote work changing what we look for in our cities? We bring you the stories of human resilience and innovation at the heart of our world’s rapid transformation.
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Common Ground is a podcast brought to you by place making & marketing agency Toposophy.
For more than a decade TOPOSOPHY has been inspiring and informing its clients on how to transform places; whether they’re neighbourhoods, cities, regions or whole countries. The TOPOSOPHY team works with international organisations, multinational brands and government agencies around the world, leading them every step of the way to find place making and marketing solutions that are built to last. As constantly curious people, we love to collect game-changing ideas that are transforming other sectors, and draw valuable lessons for the future of places. This podcast series -curated by the TOPOSOPHY team- is just one example of how we bring these valuable ideas to life.
4. A tale of three cities: Rethinking tourism
How can we deal with cities getting..too popular? From Amsterdam and Dubrovnik to Venice, in this episode we head to the European cities whose intense footfall is tangibly affecting the quality of their tourism - and the lives of residents. We meet Geerte Udo from amsterdam&partners, deputy mayor of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic and Valeria Duflot who heads up Venezia Autentica: three women tackling overcrowding head on, using tactics such as crowd dispersal, branding, technology and tourist taxes, to name a few. Plus: a glance at overtourism post-pandemic, Toposophy’s report on overcrowding for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (the first of its kind on this topic), and a sit-down with Toposophy’s head of insights, Peter Jordan.
3. Climate Fight: Meet the frontliners
How do we build resilience in today’s disaster-prone cities? In this episode we’re looking at what happens after the initial shock of a natural disaster. How do people and governments come together to help rebuild from the ground up? We’re heading to New York to see how a design competition helped governments and citizens collaborate to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. On the other side of the states, San Jose’s mayor Sam Liccardo talks us through the new Climate Corps that’s mobilising the city’s youth in the fight against climate change, The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk shares his experience making the award-winning podcast Floodlines and we look to Australia where research into past bushfires is helping the country get smart about future threats. Plus: Toposophy’s key takeaways on building resilience and how they’ve helped put together a wildfire recovery plan to help Greece’s Evia region get back on its feet.
2. In with the Old: restoring abandoned treasures
To build or not to build? In today’s episode we’re finding out how we can reuse our architectural heritage to keep up with the needs of our changing world, while still honouring the past. We head to Japan to hear how the city of Kyoto is finally getting serious about preserving its iconic Machiya townhouses. Anna Keay from The Landmark Trust is rescuing old castles and medieval halls all over the UK, turning them into affordable holiday homes for all, and UCL Professor Dr. Kalliopi Fouseki shares her thoughts on an inspirational heritage project that’s breathing life back into rural Chile. Plus: Topοsophy’s key lessons on reusing architectural heritage, and how it’s turning the iconic Arsakeio Building in Athens into the city’s first Food Hall.
1. Food Revolutions: dishes changing the world
We’ve all heard that food brings people together - but how can it help heal the deeper social problems in our communities?
Our guests today are four pioneers of the food movement: Italian chef Massimo Bottura and his business partner and wife Lara Gilmore share how their project Food for Soul is redefining traditional soup kitchens to help those in need, food activist Kamal Mouzawak reveals how the trauma experienced in his native Beirut led him to create the country’s first farmer’s market ‘Souk El Tayeb’, and Francisca Gorjão Henriques invites us into the kitchen of Mezze, a homey Middle Eastern restaurant in Lisbon that’s helping refugees find work - and a second home.
Food for Soul
Souk El Tayeb
Pre launch episode: The Power of Water
This is a pre-launch episode of Common Ground by Toposophy! To get us in the mood for our official podcast launch on March 29th and in light of World Water Day, we sat down with two titans of the global conversation about water: Henk Ovink, 'Ambassador for Water' and The Netherlands’ Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, and Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
We talk about Rotterdam’s ingenious flood-prevention solutions, how Bangladesh is pioneering a new cyclone preparedness programme, why Rio’s favelas are planting trees as a natural barrier to floods - and how the pandemic has changed our approach to risk forever.
Common Ground is a podcast brought to you by the place making & marketing agency Toposophy.
Production: The Greek Podcast Project
Common Ground is launching soon! Urbanism meets food, travel, business, tech and the environment in a podcast that journeys across the globe and takes a fresh look at the future of our cities - and the people redefining it.
Brought to you by place making & marketing agency Toposophy.