25 episodes

A show about inspiring individuals from science, engineering, technology and design about how they are tackling our world's 'grand challenges' of climate change, biodiversity loss, threats to quality of life and society and culture. Every episode offers nuggets of insight and advice for aspiring young professionals who want to make our world a better place.

The Grand Challengers Podcast Peter Marcus Bach

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A show about inspiring individuals from science, engineering, technology and design about how they are tackling our world's 'grand challenges' of climate change, biodiversity loss, threats to quality of life and society and culture. Every episode offers nuggets of insight and advice for aspiring young professionals who want to make our world a better place.

    #24 - Jon Hathaway: The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of green infrastructure, opening a ‘can of worms’ and gaining control of watersheds

    #24 - Jon Hathaway: The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of green infrastructure, opening a ‘can of worms’ and gaining control of watersheds

    Jon Hathaway, Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee Knoxville sheds light on the origins and practice of green infrastructure for stormwater management in the US, the impact climate change will have, needs for better asset management and maintenance and how we can operate these systems in a smarter way. We also compare notes and terminology in this field across the globe and discuss the challenges of academics working at the interface with practice.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Starsky by Alex Keren (Check out more of his tunes over on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5vZ3lENfDLjkln8scBJ8mW)

    Chapters:
    0:00 Intro
    1:59 Guest Intro, US Travel and Mountainbiking
    5:33 Jon’s interest in natural systems
    8:18 Exposure to green stormwater infrastructure
    12:04 Green infrastructure terminology
    17:11 Early work on swine lagoon seepage treatment
    19:50 Bioretention - the “Swiss Army Knife”
    22:19 Indicator bacteria, pathogens and other pollutants
    27:14 Interdisciplinary collaboration
    30:26 Backyard GI and stormwater asset maintenance
    36:39 Origins of GI? and implications for other places
    39:37 Bioretention, rain gardens, or biofiltration
    42:00 Regulations in the US around stormwater
    48:05 Impact of climate change on GI
    54:53 Monitoring and control of GI
    1:03:28 Q&A Start
    1:03:43 What inspires you?
    1:06:18 Key event, person, book
    1:07:36 Biggest challenge in career to date
    1:10:47 If you had a magic wand?
    1:13:15 Time management
    1:14:44 Advice for young researchers
    1:16:58 Where can people reach you?
    1:17:35 Final Message
    1:19:01 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #23 - Markus Vogl: To give 'space' - from a library to collaborative urban transformation and rethinking the architect's role

    #23 - Markus Vogl: To give 'space' - from a library to collaborative urban transformation and rethinking the architect's role

    Markus Vogl, Professor at the University of Stuttgart, senior partner at Studio Urban Strategies and former "Walter Gropius Chair" at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina reflects on the power of social collaboration for urban transformation by retelling the story of perhaps the most impactful project in his career to date, the Biblioteca Popular La Carcova and Parque Educativo. We also discuss what the role of architecture and urbanism should look like to tackle the grand challenges that we face.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Starsky by Alex Keren (Check out more of his tunes over on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5vZ3lENfDLjkln8scBJ8mW)

    Chapters:
    0:00 Intro
    1:59 Guest introduction and AM radio signals
    3:36 Buenos Aires, stereotypes and Tango
    8:20 The Clubes de Barrio
    11:54 Early interest in Architecture and Urbanism
    15:27 “Städtebau” or citymaking as interdisciplinarity
    21:00 From TU Munich to TU Delft
    24:11 Getting to Buenos Aires
    28:07 Society, globalization and confronting reality
    34:13 Biblioteca La Carcova: Prologue: The Walter Gropius Chair
    39: 49 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 1 - The Canvas
    42:23 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 2 - A book means freedom
    45:14 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 3 - Building a place of encounter
    47:11 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 4 - Gauchito Gil
    49:00 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 5 - Enter Markus
    51:18 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 6 - Parque Educativo
    53:17 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 7 - 3000 Euros and the Pandemic
    56:38 Biblioteca La Carcova: Part 8 - The Obelisco
    1:01:30 The role of the architect
    1:02:41 The next steps for the Parque Educativo
    1:07:05 Q&A Start
    1:07:33 What inspires you?
    1:08:28 Key event, person, book
    1:10:24 If you had a magic wand?
    1:12:18 Biggest challenge in career to date
    1:17:30 Time management
    1:19:22 Advice for young architects
    1:20:42 Where can people reach you?
    1:21:50 Final Message
    1:22:31 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
    Join the community over at: linkedin.com/company/tgcpodcast and let's connect across the world!

    Subscribe and listen to the podcast (and do please leave a review/rating) on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts from.
    Your subscription/follow will greatly help the show grow and reach a wider audience.

    Hosted by Peter Marcus Bach (www.petermbach.com), follow me on:
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    #22 - Françoise Bichai: "God-like technologies in medieval institutions", discussing paradigm shifts for greener, water-resilient cities

    #22 - Françoise Bichai: "God-like technologies in medieval institutions", discussing paradigm shifts for greener, water-resilient cities

    Françoise Bichai, Associate Professor from Polytechnique Montreal discusses the complexity, challenge and necessity of interdisciplinary collaboration and how we should adapt our centralised water infrastructure to support growing cities and adapt to climate change. We also delve into her current work on supporting the planning of green infrastructure.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Starsky by Alex Keren (Check out more of his tunes over on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5vZ3lENfDLjkln8scBJ8mW)

    Chapters:
    0:00 Intro
    1:59 Guest intro and musical talent
    6:14 Travels with NGOs to Costa Rica
    8:32 Françoise’s experience in Peru
    12:05 What it means to be an engineer
    15:10 God-like, Medieval and Paleolithic
    19:00 The T-Shaped Professional
    19:44 Interdisciplinarity as surfing and diving
    23:39 Interdisciplinarity as a symphony orchestra
    28:57 What are we facing in terms of water security?
    30:53 Françoise’s time in Australia
    33:30 Harnessing alternative water supply sources
    36:40 We need a paradigm shift from centralised systems
    40:58 Satellite treatment plants or hybrid options
    43:15 Fantasia - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    46:16 Green Infrastructure is multidisciplinary
    49:37 Terminology and GI for active mobility
    56:00 Green Infrastructure in Winter
    1:02:46 Linking GI, heat and drinking water temperature
    1:07:42 Bringing all the GI work together
    1:10:43 Q&A Start
    1:11:09 Key event, person, book
    1:13:45 What inspires you?
    1:15:32 If you had a magic wand?
    1:17:18 Time management
    1:20:59 Advice for young researchers
    1:22:40 Where can people reach you?
    1:23:59 Final Message
    1:25:23 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
    Join the community over at: linkedin.com/company/tgcpodcast and let's connect across the world!

    Subscribe and listen to the podcast (and do please leave a review/rating) on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts from.
    Your subscription/follow will greatly help the show grow and reach a wider audience.

    Hosted by Peter Marcus Bach (www.petermbach.com), follow me on:
    X (fomerly Twitter): @petermbach Instagram: @petermbach87 Subscribe to my channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/PeterMarcusBach/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    #21 - Danielle Dagenais: The paradox of nature - process and parts and its implications for green infrastructure

    #21 - Danielle Dagenais: The paradox of nature - process and parts and its implications for green infrastructure

    Danielle Dagenais, Professor in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal discusses her interdisciplinary journey from garden design to all things plants and how she is now tackling green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management and improving urban biodiversity in snowy Canada. Our conversation also unravels the paradox of nature and many myths surrounding the use of vegetation for providing stormwater management among other benefits.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Starsky by Alex Keren (Check out more of his tunes over on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5vZ3lENfDLjkln8scBJ8mW)

    Chapters:
    00:00 Intro
    01:59 Guest Intro and Montreal
    3:11 The Garden of Movement
    7:25 The Paradox of Nature
    10:17 Attraction to disciplines of intervention
    14:06 Danielle’s early journey in the 80s and 90s
    19:09 Coming back to the PhD
    21:18 Design language, social sciences and interdisciplinary mediation
    24:14 Green infrastructure terminology
    28:42 Planning green infrastructure for stormwater management in Quebec
    34:22 From mapping to technologies and debunking design myths
    34:44 Hypothesis 1: Vegetated better than unvegetated
    39:16 Hypothesis 2: Plant species matter
    42:51 Hypothesis 3: Native species are better than exotic species
    46:34 Hypothesis 4: Mono-cultures are worse than multi-cultures
    49:21 Designing green infrastructure for snow
    55:28 Is guidance on track, behind or ahead of research?
    58:03 Encouragement to practitioners: experiment!
    1:00:32 Q&A Start
    1:01:00 What inspiration drives you forward?
    1:01:27 If you had a magic wand?
    1:02:58 Key event, person, book
    1:05:11 Biggest challenge in career to date
    1:07:37 Time management
    1:09:32 Advice for young researchers
    1:10:53 Where can people reach you?
    1:11:30 Final Message
    1:11:47 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
    Join the community over at: linkedin.com/company/tgcpodcast and let's connect across the world!

    Subscribe and listen to the podcast (and do please leave a review/rating) on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts from.
    Your subscription/follow will greatly help the show grow and reach a wider audience.

    Hosted by Peter Marcus Bach (www.petermbach.com), follow me on:
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #20 - Belinda Hatt: Stormwater control measures, healthy waterways, battleships and karate at the riverside camp

    #20 - Belinda Hatt: Stormwater control measures, healthy waterways, battleships and karate at the riverside camp

    Belinda Hatt, waterways and wetlands research specialist at Melbourne Water and University of Melbourne, Australia, reflects on her journey through academia and practice around creating healthy waterways and her work on stormwater control measures or Water Sensitive Urban Design, in particular, rain gardens for water quality management.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Breaking Sweat by Balloon Planet (Check out more of their tunes over at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/balloon-planet)

    Chapters:
    0:00 Intro
    1:12 Guest Intro and ‘Battleship’
    3:57 Preferred term for Blue-Green Infrastructure and Raingardens
    5:57 From words to environmental sciences and camping
    9:09 The impact of urbanization on waterways
    13:49 The Millennium Drought
    15:14 Stormwater harvesting and constructed wetlands
    17:50 Scalable technology? What are raingardens?
    19:47 10,000 Raingardens - an operation and maintenance challenge
    21:13 Stormwater quality management in Melbourne today
    23:01 Multiple benefits of raingardens and other nature-based solutions
    23:54 How to… Stormwater harvesting - collection, treatment, storage
    24:53 More about the considerations for stormwater storage
    28:00 Pollutant removal in raingardens
    31:36 Plant selection for raingardens
    33:23 The Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration
    35:55 Challenges in raingarden planning and design
    36:40 The journey after leaving academia
    39:59 An interdisciplinary approach needed nowadays
    41:51 Coming back into academia and merging pathways
    44:13 Melbourne Water’s healthy waterways strategy
    47:19 A post-pandemic city and the role of green spaces
    49:43 Q&A Start
    50:00 Belinda’s affection for Karate
    53:48 Key event, person, book
    55:11 Biggest challenge in career to date
    58:08 If you had a magic wand?
    58:42 Time management
    1:00:35 Advice for young researchers
    1:02:59 Where can people reach you?
    1:03:50 Final Message
    1:04:15 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
    Join the community over at: linkedin.com/company/tgcpodcast and let's connect across the world!

    Subscribe and listen to the podcast (and do please leave a review/rating) on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts from.
    Your subscription/follow will greatly help the show grow and reach a wider audience.

    Hosted by Peter Marcus Bach (www.petermbach.com), follow me on:
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #19 - Anna Lintern: Diving deep into the underground, ‘forensics’ on river water quality to uncover environmental past and future?

    #19 - Anna Lintern: Diving deep into the underground, ‘forensics’ on river water quality to uncover environmental past and future?

    Anna Lintern, senior lecturer and head of the water group at te Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Australia, discusses how she has combined her passion for water, rivers and history in some 'forensic-esque' research using sediment core and other historical data sets. We also discuss the impact that such diverse and creative methods can have in supporting further environmental policymaking.

    Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Breaking Sweat by Balloon Planet (Check out more of their tunes over at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/balloon-planet)

    Chapters:
    00:00 Intro
    01:11 Random banter on cat myths
    02:38 Guest welcome and forensics TV shows
    04:04 Our backstory, Japan and divergent paths
    07:17 Anna’s interest and journey in history
    11:08 The evolution of Australian history education
    13:43 Technical disciplines learning from history
    14:18 How Anna decided on civil engineering
    17:49 Anna’s research portfolio on river water quality
    18:40 Paleolimnology and Quaternary Science
    21:29 Piecing together history from sediment cores
    25:03 Piecing together Melbourne’s water quality history
    27:08 Three main areas of application for Anna’s sediment core research
    28:31 The process and methods of sediment core research
    35:58 Key findings from Anna’s sediment core research
    40:50 Anna’s work on modelling spatial-temporal water quality
    43:28 Best management practices for managing river water quality
    45:41 Anna’s future research directions
    47:51 Dungeons & Dragons
    53:19 Q&A Start
    53:45 If you had a magic wand?
    57:14 Key event, person, book
    58:36 Biggest challenge in career to date
    1:00:51 Time management
    1:02:55 Advice for young researchers
    1:05:50 Where can people reach you?
    1:06:25 Final Message
    1:06:46 Outro
    Detailed shownotes over at: petermbach.com/podcast for more in-depth information about each episode.
    Join the community over at: linkedin.com/company/tgcpodcast and let's connect across the world!

    Subscribe and listen to the podcast (and do please leave a review/rating) on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts from.
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    Hosted by Peter Marcus Bach (www.petermbach.com), follow me on:
    X (fomerly Twitter): @petermbach Instagram: @petermbach87 Subscribe to my channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/PeterMarcusBach/

    • 1 hr 7 min

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