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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.

The Green Urbanist Ross O'Ceallaigh

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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.

    #38: Dr Morgan Phillips - Climate Adaptation

    #38: Dr Morgan Phillips - Climate Adaptation

    Dr Morgan Philips is UK Co-Director of The Glacier Trust, a UK charity that enables remote mountain communities in Nepal to adapt to Climate Change, and Head of Insight at Global Action Plan. He has a PhD in Environmental Education and is the author of Great Adaptations, a new book about climate adaptation.
    In this episode we are talking, unsurprisingly, about climate adaptation. What is it, why we need to be talking about it and lots of examples of good and bad adaptations from cities adapting to increased heat to rural communities in Nepal using agroforestry.
    Morgan also tells me about two concepts called Deep Adaptation and Transformational Adaptation, which explore how we may adapt to a society level collapse due to climate change. So, we really cover climate adaption from micro to macro scales in this episode.

    Learn more about Morgan and his work:
    http://theglaciertrust.org/
    https://www.globalactionplan.org.uk/home
    Great Adaptations Book: http://theglaciertrust.org/great-adaptations/shop/great-adaptations

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    #37: The Problem with Net Zero Carbon (an Urban Design Perspective)

    #37: The Problem with Net Zero Carbon (an Urban Design Perspective)

    "So, here's a big problem we need to talk about.
    Net Zero Carbon means different things in different situations. We all get to define what we "mean" by net zero (i.e. what we include in our calculations) to suit our project."

    In this episode I delve into the problems associated with the term 'Net Zero Carbon', particularly from an urban design and placemaking perspective.

    Today's episode was sparked by a Linkedin post I made criticising McDonald's Net Zero Carbon restaurant: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ross-o-ceallaigh_mcdonalds-opens-uks-first-net-zero-restaurant-activity-6878675708114153472-X3HI

    It got a lot of traction, with over 40,000 views, 500 likes, 70 comments and 19 reshares so far. Some people supported my criticism while others offered challenges and corrections. This has all fed into a really interesting discussion and informed my thinking further. Rather than responding to all the Linkedin comments, I have laid out further thoughts here on the McDonalds example and on the problems with Net Zero in general.

    Dezeen article: https://www.dezeen.com/2021/12/20/mcdonalds-net-zero-restaurant/

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    • 28 min
    #36: Chris Churchman - Soil, the Forgotten Carbon Sink

    #36: Chris Churchman - Soil, the Forgotten Carbon Sink

    Soils matter! Chris Churchman explains how protecting green areas and improving soil quality is crucial for fighting climate change.

     Chris is a landscape architect and strategist, and the founding Director of Churchman Thornhill Finch landscape architects. As well as having decades of experience designing stunning projects like the gardens of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Chris is interested in the role of soil in tackling climate change. He joined me to talk about the potential for soil to play a much bigger role in sequestering carbon, how new development on greenfield sites releases a lot more carbon than we currently account for, and some thoughts on urban greening tactics.

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    • 52 min
    #35: Rachel Hoolahan (Orms) - Circular Economy and Material Passports

    #35: Rachel Hoolahan (Orms) - Circular Economy and Material Passports

    Rachel Hoolahan is an architect and sustainability co-ordinator at Orms Architects, a leading London practice with extensive experience working with existing buildings. For the past few years, the practice has engaged in a series of deep research assignments and is utilising this data and knowledge to push the boundaries of sustainable development – both in refurbishment and new build projects.
    Recently, she led a research piece on material passports as part of a wider Grosvenor Estate Innovation Project into material reuse. The outcome of this work is a methodology for encouraging more meaningful material reuse, by creating a material database for the project. The approach is deliberately open source and flexible, allowing design teams of any size or skill set to apply the work to their projects.
    Rachel is the recipient of the 2021 AJ100 Sustainability Champion Award

    This episode covers:
    What circular economy means for buildings Material passportsBuildings as Material Banks (BAMB)Building a culture of sustainabilityConsumerism and fast fashioned As you may have guessed, this episode is all about Circularity, also called Circular Economy. Rachel explains so clearly why reusing construction and building materials is so important, but also practically how to do it, with examples from her own work. We also talk about how Orms Architects are embedding sustainability in their work culture, which is fascinating. And we end with a discussion on consumerism, the fashion industry and how we need a change in mindset to live within the planet's boundaries.

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    • 56 min
    #34: George Payiatis - Masterplanning Sustainable, Beautiful Places

    #34: George Payiatis - Masterplanning Sustainable, Beautiful Places

    George is an urban designer at Create Streets, working to create greener, happier and healthier communities. He believes that designers have a key role to play in safeguarding the long-term well-being of communities and our environment through design that recognizes the value of nature, local context and sustainable connectivity. He has a background in human geography and holds a Masters’ in urban design. George works closely with landowners, developers, councils and neighbourhood groups and has experience of working on masterplans for new settlements, urban extensions and brown field sites, at a range of scales both in the U.K. and abroad.
    Today's episode is all about masterplanning for sustainable places but also beautiful places. I do believe that there is a close connection between beauty and sustainability. Places that are attractive and desirable to be in will stand the test of time, will be preserved and adapted into the future. Whereas places that are ugly or inappropriate, like a lot of mid-century modernist tower blocks and estates, are much more likely to be torn down and replaced, which brings with it a huge waste of materials and carbon emissions.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    #33: Doughnut Economics Explained and What it Means for Cities

    #33: Doughnut Economics Explained and What it Means for Cities

    This episode explains the concept of Doughnut Economics and explores how Amsterdam is using it in its post-Covid recovery.

    References:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/25/amsterdam-brussels-bet-on-doughnut-economics-amid-covid-crisis.htmlhttps://www.amsterdam.nl/en/policy/sustainability/circular-economy/https://matchboxstudio.medium.com/designing-the-doughnut-a-story-of-five-cities-8bad04ded5e3https://time.com/5930093/amsterdam-doughnut-economics/
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    • 20 min

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