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Representation: What not to do with Dr Leslie Kern
If you really want to tackle representation in your organisation, don't invite the marginalised to volunteer on a working group that will inevitably go nowhere. That's just one of the tips Dr Leslie Kern, author of Feminist City, shares in this talk from Festival of Place: Gender Equal Cities in a podcast episode sponsored by IE School of Architecture and Design
Developers on climate: “We can’t change policy, but we can not make things worse”
Developers discuss post-Covid public space and town centre design in the context of the climate emergency. Has the pandemic derailed or accelerated progress in making our cities more climate resilient? How do we design public spaces that support social connection and democracy while tackling critical urban issues such as flooding, drought, pollution and overheating? This live podcast recording is sponsored by Vestre and features Chris Brown, Igloo; Olaide Oboh, First Base; Jonathan Wilson, Citu; Paul King, Lendlease; Yẹmí Àlàdérun, Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association and Neil Murphy, TOWN with Romy Rawlings, Vestre.
Designing for hate crime: The trouble with wide open public spaces
Those who perpetuate hate crimes attack people for being different, so can we design public spaces that make marginalised groups safer by making them less visible? Professor Pippa Catterall discusses the problem of violent attacks for the LGBTQ+ community and explains why a large echoey open public square can be a deeply uncomfortable space where individuals are easily targeted. What makes us stand out in public space, who does the looking, and what design features could make our cities more tolerant of difference?
"Offices will be much more pay-as-you-go" – Claire Cockerton
As a maverick serial entrepreneur behind tech and innovation clusters including Canary Wharf's Level39 and the Olympic Park's Plexal, Claire Cockerton knows what kind of office environment helps start-ups thrive and grow. But in the post-Covid environment, she believes our approach to office space is changing - and to attract and support female founders, the attitude on site in tech clusters must change too.
"Councils spend more on dog waste than teenage girls"
With 80% of youth spaces occupied by boys, how can we create parks, play equipment and public spaces where young women and girls feel safe and that they belong? We talk to Make Space for Girls, a campaigning charity set up by author and TV producer Susannah Walker and lawyer Imogen Clark, who argue that providing public space for girls is more than an ideal, it's a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010
"Manchester is a city on the up, but not all of it" – Andrew Westwood
"We need to understand why places are poor, why people have fewer life choices, why their health is poorer... all major factors in place-based inequality," says Andrew Westwood, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester and commissioner on the Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission. In this podcast, we discuss how England is the most unequal country in the OECD, about the impact of racial, class and place-based inequality, and the commission's radical ideas on how to bridge the gap between the richest and the poorest in Greater Manchester. The commission's report reads: "The vision we describe is not utopia and not a pipe dream. Everything we describe is already happening somewhere."