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Design and the City

Design and the City

By reSITE
"Design and the City" is published by reSITE, a global nonprofit acting to improve the urban environment, about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable.

Cities are the sum of designers, developers, artists, citizens, public officials, entrepreneurs, and the displaced, but rarely do each of these constituencies gather in the same room, let alone speak the same language, and cities suffer for it. reSITE is literally that room. In order to create a city that is truly for everyone, we need to have conversations on how to design and build cities with humans in mind.
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Venice Biennale: How Will We Live Together [Part 2]
The postponed 17th Venice Architecture Biennale asked its 112 participants to consider the question, “How will we live together?”. A question originally posed in 2019 by curator and architect, Hashim Sarkis far before our collective 2020 experience. He originally asked participants “to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together” Answers from 46 countries materialized into the exhibition of 2021. After a year spent living apart, the theme is both hauntingly fitting and reifies our disconnection. The second installment of our special two-part Design and the City episode covers the long-awaited event. An event that signaled something, a community eager to reconnect and a deeper understanding of just how interwoven we are with our spaces spanning the full spectrum of human existence. The exhibition explores that spectrum across five scales: Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities, Across Borders, and, As One Planet. For this episode we have it broken down into three parts. The first features none other than the 17th Biennale curator himself, Hashim Sarkis. Hashim is the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the founder of Hashim Sarkis Studios. Joining him in conversation is NewCities’ Director of Applied Research and reSITE’s own visiting curator, Greg Lindsay, to discuss the meaning and aims of this special Biennale. Following Sarkis and Lindsay’s conversation, we will explore accessibility and hear from the curators of the British Pavilion entitled The Garden of Privatised Delights and wrap up with the curators of the Austrian Pavilion entitled, We Like Platform Austria. Both sets of curators tackled what can often be a rather serious topic regarding accessibility along with the binary that exists between public and private space, but with a bit of whit and a sense of playfulness, ultimately makes the message on accessibility, accessible in itself. --- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter If you would like to support us as a patron, sponsor, or strategic partner, please get in touch with us at podcast@resite.org. Your support allows us to continue sharing ideas to inspire more livable, lovable cities. Design and the City is a reSITE production. reSITE is a global non-profit connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. This episode was directed and produced by myself, Alexandra Siebenthal with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Anna Stava, and Nikkolas Zellers as well as Nano Energies and the Czech Ministry of Culture. It was edited by Andel Sound Studio.
02:11:55
July 1, 2021
Venice Biennale: How Will We Live Together [Part 1]
The postponed 17th Venice Architecture Biennale asked its 112 participants to consider the question, “How will we live together?”. A question originally posed in 2019 by curator and architect, Hashim Sarkis far before our collective 2020 experience. He originally asked participants “to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together” Answers from 46 countries materialized into the exhibition of 2021. After a year spent living apart, the theme is both hauntingly fitting and reifies our disconnection. This special two-part Design and the City episode covering the long-awaited event. It has signaled something, a community eager to reconnect and a deeper understanding of just how interwoven we are with our spaces spanning the full spectrum of human existence. The exhibition explores that spectrum across five scales: Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities, Across Borders, and, As One Planet. In this episode we’ll hear from the U.S. pavilion curators, Paul Anderson and Paul Preissner; exhibitors Lukas Feireiss and Leopold Banchini; curator from Luxembourg, Sara Noel Costa De Araujo; and finally exhibitors for the Nordic Pavilion, Siv Helene Stangeland, and Reinhard Kropf–all whose work shares a common thread: wood. These wood-based installations make cases for their egalitarian and democratic nature. They offer a particular simplicity, humility, flexibility, and familiarity coupled with considerate retrospectives, to not only answer the pressing question, “How will we live together?” but “how will we thrive together?” -- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter If you would like to support us as a patron, sponsor, or strategic partner, please get in touch with us at podcast@resite.org. Your support allows us to continue sharing ideas to inspire more livable, lovable cities. Design and the City is a reSITE production. reSITE is a global non-profit connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. This episode was directed and produced by myself, Alexandra Siebenthal, and Radka Ondrackova with support from Martin Barry, Anna Stava, Nikkolas Zellers, and Weronika Koleda as well as Nano Energies and the Czech Ministry of Culture. It was edited by LittleBig Studio. 
01:13:46
June 17, 2021
Trey Trahan on Building Sacred Spaces for Connection
For Trey Trahan, founder of Trahan Architects, human connection, ecology, and unvarnished beauty encompass the core ethos of his work which primarily focuses on creating cultural architectural spaces. With roots in New Orleans and their global perspective based in New York, they have risen to the rank of the number one design firm by Architect 50, an official publication of the American Institute of Architects. He leads his firm with the conviction of bringing humility and awareness into a mindful design process to create authentic spaces that elevate our lives and the human experience. His firm known for projects like the Holy Rosary Church Complex, St. Jean Vianney, Moody Pavilions, Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre, as well as the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovation post-Katrina, just to name a few. As well as his poetic approach and thorough consideration applied to every aspect of his projects. As well as his poetic approach and thorough consideration applied to every aspect of his projects. He views them as part of the natural ecosystem, including the soil. Soil is the repository for all living, organic matter, and for Trey, our buildings should not be separate from it but constructed in harmony. And, well-constructed spaces foster human connection, both ephemeral and lasting—and it should be no different between architecture and the natural world. We connected with Trey to hear his ideas on the importance of creating sacred spaces devoid of clutter that make way for that human connection, his definition of beauty, and the potential regeneration holds as he presents a different side of that coin. His primary focus is creating lasting, impactful cultural spaces, with the aim to look at the periphery, examining how architecture builds connections between humans and the environment in ways we may have not considered. -- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter If you would like to support us as a patron, sponsor, or strategic partner, please get in touch with us at podcast@resite.org. Your support allows us to continue sharing ideas to inspire more livable, lovable cities. This episode was directed and produced by myself, Alexandra Siebenthal, and Nikkolas Zellers, with the support of Martin Barry andRadka Ondrackova as well as Nano Energies and the Czech Ministry of Culture. It was recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:16:29
April 15, 2021
Tim Gill on Building Child Friendly Cities
A city that is good for children, is good for everyone. A concept that has begun to gain more traction as cities look to new urbanism principles to apply to their respective cities. It’s one Tim Gill, author of Urban Playground: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities, has been championing since the nineties. Based in the UK, he has laid a foundation for a career in research on the topic and was the former director of Play England, a children’s play council. In Tim’s book, he asks questions like “what type of cities do we want our children to grow up in? Car-dominated, noisy, polluted, and devoid of nature? Or walkable, welcoming, and green?” He emphasizes that “as the climate crisis and urbanisation escalate, cities urgently need to become more inclusive and sustainable”. His book helps us “look at cities through the eyes of children while strengthening the case for planning and transportation policies that work for people of all ages, and for the planet”. When reviewing Tim’s book ahead of this episode, we found ourselves projecting my own childhoods onto much of what he shared in his work—an experience I think anyone might share upon reading. He invites us to look at cities through the eyes of our inner child, and revisit childhood memories of play.  Tim’s book, Urban Playground: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities, was published this year by the Royal Institute of British Architects. -- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter If you would like to support us as a patron, sponsor, or strategic partner, please get in touch with us at podcast@resite.org. Your support allows us to continue sharing ideas to inspire more livable, lovable cities. This episode was directed and produced by myself, Alexandra Siebenthal with the support of Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Nikkolas Zellers, and Alexander White, as well as Nano Energies and the Czech Ministry of Culture. It was recorded in the reSITE office in Prague and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:20:04
April 1, 2021
Why Is Birth a Design Problem with Kim Holden
We are asking—is birth a design problem? Can rethinking and redesigning the ways birth is approached shift the outcomes of labor and birth experiences? Can it be instrumental in improving our qualities of life--in our environments, in cities, and beyond? And, as we explore how to create better cities for the next generation to work, live and play in, should we also consider the spaces in which that generation comes into this world? It’s these questions we will explore today with Kim Holden, one of the founders of SHoP Architects, whose own birth experience led her to become a doula herself, and is that background in architecture that has become a lens through which she views her new practice, Doula x Design. She is using a unique application of design to solve something not typically seen as a design problem, to help facilitate better birthing experiences for her clients by advocating for creating positive environments that support labor rather than inhibit it. Her designer’s approach to birth focuses on everything from the scale of the individual—anatomically and physiologically—to the scale of the environment, to the archaic design of the tools and instruments that play roles in a delivery room, to the triage and post-partum hospital flows, and what those impacts look like for the person bringing new life into the world. She is here to remind us that women, and birthing people, are designed for this. -- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter This episode was produced by myself, Alexandra Siebenthal with the support of Martin Barry and Radka Ondrackova as well as Nano Energies, the Czech Ministry of Culture and Project Syndicate. It was recorded in the reSITE office in Prague and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:12:32
March 18, 2021
The Architecture of Healing with Michael Green + Natalie Telewiak
Michael Green and Natalie Telewiak love wood. These Vancouver-based architects champion the idea that Earth can, and should, grow our buildings--or grow the materials we use to build them. They are the principals of Michael Green Architecture, or MGA, and have made it their mission to tackle world housing and climate change by harnessing the power of timber, which they call “the most technologically advanced material we can build with,” to sequester carbon, to accelerate construction and reduce local disruption, and to create spaces that foster more holistic well-being in our built environments. In this episode, Michael and Natalie dive deep into the ethos behind their design and material choices in some of their standout projects, like the Ronald McDonald House of British Columbia and Yukon, with reSITE founder, Martin Barry. They weigh the advantages and limitations of mass timber construction and dissect the complex nuances faced when striving for true sustainability.  One could argue, what is sustainability without community? Without affordability? Without connection? As pillars of MGA’s practice, it is the combination of these factors that render their work both remarkable and mindful. Their projects are rooted in the local ecosystem and designed for inhabitants to build connections to nature and to each other.  — Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter This podcast was directed by Elizabeth Mills and produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, and Radka Ondrackova as well as the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture and Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:11:11
March 4, 2021
Michel Rojkind on the Social Responsibility of Design
Michel Rojkind, founder of Rojkind Arquitectos is known as one of Mexico’s most successful architects. Projects like Foro Boca, a stunning sea-side home to the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Cinetecca Nacional that is home of arguably the most important film heritage center in Latin America, Mexico’s National Film Institute. Mercado Roma is a Mexican gastronomic expression designed from the inside-out and bottom-up. And finally, the Nestle Chocolate Museum immortalizes the telling of Mexican chocolate history; all these spaces share a common thread: utilizing space and architecture to have an impact on their respective communities. Michel’s ethos behind his work is what sets these projects apart—the social responsibility that motivates their existence. Long after his designs are realized, these spaces come into their own, shaping the communities they reside in, with those same communities shaping those very spaces, in a sort of unconscious collaboration. As he puts it, it's the manifestation of making that space for other things to happen. But his success as an architect was not his first. Michel was the drummer in the popular 90’s rock band Aleks Syntek y la Gente Normal. He attributes a lot of his evolution as a creative to the time spent touring through different cities. Experiences he culminates into his approach to architecture. And, one might assume that influence appears in his outputs, but as we discovered in this conversation, it shows up far more in his inputs—in how he collaborates, or “jams” as he calls it, with all interested parties—like the proper rockstar he is. — Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more at www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: + reSITE on Facebook + reSITE on Instagram + reSITE on Twitter + reSITE on LinkedIn + reSITE Talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, and Radka Ondrackova with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture and Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio. 
01:23:21
February 18, 2021
Beirut: After the Dust Settles with Christele Harrouk + Salim Rouhana
"It only took a couple of seconds to destroy 40% of the city of Beirut on August 4th, 2020. A couple of trivial seconds were enough to determine the fate of the urban and social fabric of the Lebanese capital and its architectural heritage. Years and years of accumulated cultural assets fell instantly in distress, causing more harm than the infamous 15-year civil war. These seconds have erased the past, present, and destroyed future aspirations." Words taken from Christele Harrouk’s article published in ArchDaily just one month after Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, sustained two catastrophic blasts that left the north side of the city in ruins, just 6 months ago. We spoke to managing ArchDaily editor, Christele Harrouk and World Bank's Salim Rouhana on their experiences of the Beirut explosions and their perspectives on what rebuilding the Lebanese capital could look like after such an unbelievable event. If there’s one thing we’ve taken away from both their powerful testimonies, it’s this bright, bold hope that seems to be rising from the dust, by way of the Lebanese people—a hope that feels very much alive. Referenced works from Christele Harrouk, ArchDaily: + Beirut: Between a Threatened Architectural Heritage and a Traumatized Collective Memory + The Contemporary Approach to Rebuilding Cities Post-Disaster: The Case of Beirut Referenced works from Salim Rouhana, World Bank Group: + Beirut Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) + Lebanon Reform, Recovery & Reconstruction Framework (3RF) Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: + reSITE on Facebook + reSITE on Instagram + reSITE on Twitter + reSITE on LinkedIn + reSITE Talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek. It was recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture and Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio. Album art photo by Rami Rizk.
01:07:37
February 4, 2021
Gary Hustwit on Why Design Is for Everyone
Some of you may already know our next guest, New-York based, Indie filmmaker, Gary Hustwit, from his iconic trilogy of design-focused documentaries: First, Helvetica examines our visual culture and how a font impacts urban spaces, asking us to take another glance at the thousands of words we see every day. Objectified is a look into our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, “by extension, the people who design them.” And finally Urbanized — a window into how cities are designed, framing a discussion on their futures. His work takes us on a journey into how design impacts our lives, from a micro level to a macro, and has helped many see the design through a more humanistic lens — challenging the idea of what design is — is it something to consume or an application to makes our lives better. In recent years he has followed up with films like Rams, an intimate portrait of one of the most influential designers alive, Dieter Rams, Workplace which focuses on the future of our workspaces. As well as his latest release — a short film called The Map, which follows the redesign of New York City's iconic subway map — one that updates in real-time. reSITE founder, Martin Barry, spoke with Gary about his creative process, motivation, and evolution, that led to making the kinds of films he, himself, wants to watch and ones that make design more accessible for all.  Watch Gary's films! Follow along with this episode's transcript.  Learn more www.reSITE.org + More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek. It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the Prague Ministry of Culture as well as Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:20:14
December 22, 2020
Stefan Sagmeister on Beauty as Function
It’s hard to say what iconic graphic designer and typographer, Stefan Sagmeister, is most known for. His multi-decade career was first formed as the New York-based Sagmeister INC. in 1993 and went on to become Sagmeister & Walsh in 2012. Some of his best-known work includes iconic album covers and posters for artists like The Rolling Stones, the Talking Heads, and more--some of which went on to receive Grammies, cementing him as an epochal visual artist of our time. His intimate self-portrait captured in “The Happy Film” turns himself into a deeply self-reflective design project, exploring questions like--can I redesign my personality to become a better person? Or, perhaps for his advocacy on the power of time off and the year-long sabbatical he takes every seven years. A practice he ultimately credits for breathing new life and perspective into his work.  But what does this approach to design have to do with cities? Well, everything. He joined Martin Barry in a conversation discussing his Austrian roots, his influences from different cities, and happiness as related to the importance of beauty as a utility for any properly functioning building, space, or city. Design and the City is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. More about Stefan Sagmeister + Follow Stefan on Instagram If you want your project reviewed on Sagmeister's Instagram, email a square .jpeg or .mov file on white or black background, and include your IG address. Please do not send in designs based on the work of another designer. StefanSagmeisterIG@gmail.com  Learn more www.reSITE.org + More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Connect with us: Join reSITE's Newsletter Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the Prague Ministry of Culture as well as Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:14:14
December 8, 2020
Julia Gamolina on Breaking the Architect's Mold
Julia is many things. Woman. Immigrant. Architect. Writer. Cornell Graduate. Director of Strategy at Trahan Architects. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Madame Architect. The latter is her brainchild and arguably her most well-known work; an online magazine about, by, and for the women that shape the built environment. What is so special about the work she is doing with Madame Architect? Her commitment is to profile women in all stages of their careers, who break the mold of what an architect is, and create space for more diversity in the field.  She breaks that mold, too. She’s applied her knack for writing and expertise in architecture along with her inquisitive nature and ability to connect with people to build a platform that has now interviewed over 150 architects and designers, as well as CEOs, publicists, journalists, business strategists, and more. She is also the Director of Strategy of the up-and-coming Trahan Architects.   A rising tide that raises all ships—Julia’s efforts in building a culture of community and collaboration give these diverse stories, perspectives, and the women they belong to a seat at the table.  More info on Julia Gamolina: + Follow Julia on Instagram  + Follow Julia on Twitter More info on Madame Architect: + Follow Madame Architect on Instagram + Follow Madame Architect on Twitter + Follow Madame Architect on Facebook + Follow Madame Architect on LinkedIn More info on Trahan Architects + Follow Trahan Architects on Instagram  --- Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org + More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: + Follow reSITE on Facebook + Follow reSITE on Instagram + Follow reSITE on Twitter + Follow reSITE on LinkedIn + Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the Prague Ministry of Culture as well as Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
59:31
November 24, 2020
Vishaan Chakrabarti on Creating an Architecture of Belonging
Vishaan Chakrabarti, the founder and creative director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) as well as the Dean of the William W. Wurster College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley discusses the future of mobility, designing streets as public spaces and creating an architecture of belonging with reSITE founder, Martin Barry. Vishaan has made some thoughtful arguments against banal, processed urban design being detrimental to our ability to thrive as human beings, drawing on imagery from the globe's most iconic cities, contrasting them with the cold anonymity of many modern ones, and applies this to what he see's as an inevitable evolution—the elimination of private cars.  Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. More info on Vishaan Chakrabarti: I've Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing, New York Times TED Talk: How We Can Design Timeless Cities for Our Collective Future A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America Learn more www.reSITE.org + More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the Prague Ministry of Culture as well as Nano Energies, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
57:22
November 17, 2020
Winy Maas on Dipping the Planet in Green
Winy Maas is constantly looking towards the future and asking the question - what’s next? The co-founder of MVRDV has ideas that are seemingly larger than life, and push the boundaries of our urban potential. His firm is known for projects like Rotterdam's Markthal, Stairs to Kriterion, or the Taipei Twin Towers. reSITE founder Martin Barry spoke with Winy about his recent projects, including the retrofitted abandoned shopping mall close to the Taiwanese city of Tainan that is part of a wider masterplan to rejuvenate the area that includes a circular food market, with a multipurpose roof, used for growing the produce that will be sold below along with the newly opened Tainan Spring. Also discussed are the projects his think-tank, ‘The Why Factory,’ is involved in, the imaginative Green Dip that rethinks what a “green city” can look like, and the Manifesta 13 Biennale that took place this year in Marseille. He is energetic as he is inspiring. Martin was lucky enough to speak with Winy to discuss that question - what’s next. Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit and platform connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org + More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the City of Prague, and edited by LittleBig Studio.
01:10:43
November 10, 2020
Design and the City is back!
Hello listeners! We are happy to announce an exciting new season of reSITE’s podcast. It’s great to be back. For those of you who are new to reSITE, we are a global platform and nonprofit connecting people and ideas to improve the urban environment. Martin Barry, reSITE’s founder stared because he wanted to listen closer. He was growing tired of what is known as classic architecture, landscape, or urban design firm. He wanted to see how useful we can be in the making of a city by providing new insight with a startup mentality. What we’ve found is that we can remake the city if we listen to people, help them define the problem—and help them act. Typically, we hold an annual conference and smaller-scale salons to bring various urban actors, who have made an impact on shaping our cities together to hold discussions on how we can co-create cities that better reflect the needs of their inhabitants. Obviously, due to the COVID-19 situation, having our annual flagship event in 2020 was not feasible. To deliver the same kind of content we present at our events, it only made sense to channel our energy into a new medium. We are excited to announce that we’ll be releasing weekly podcast episodes, featuring thoughtful conversations with actors like Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder and creative director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, as well as the dean of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Filmmaker Gary Hustwit, who’s known for his documentaries like Helvetica, Urbanism, Workplace, and a newly-released short, The Map featuring the redesign of New York City's iconic subway map. We’ll hear from the editor-in-chief of Madame Architect, Julia Gamonlina, who is casting a spotlight on women in architecture at every stage in their careers. Iconic graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister, joins us for a conversation on his intriguing creative processes and experimentation, to his take on design in our cities. Our first release will feature Dutch architect, co-founder of MVRDV and The Why Factory, Winy Maas, in conversation with reSITE’s founder, Martin Barry. This episode will be available next week! Each architect, urbanist, investor, designer, artist, and other urban actor offers a unique perspective on city-making. We’re glad you’re along for the ride. Learn more www.reSITE.org More about upcoming podcasts from reSITE Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was produced by Alexandra Siebenthal, with support from Martin Barry, Radka Ondrackova, Elizabeth Mills, and Elizabeth Novacek It is recorded at WeWork Prague, with the support of the City of Prague, and edited by LittleBig Studio. 
03:16
November 6, 2020
Ravi Naidoo on Giving Design a Higher Purpose
Exuberant. Optimistic. Romantic. Three words Ravi Naidoo, the advocate who put African design on the map, used to describe himself. Ravi's story is one of reinvention. Just as South Africa was entering a period of newly found democracy, Ravi found an impetus to change his career. Over 20 years later, he is the driving force behind Design Indaba, arguably the most influential design event in the world. The event takes place in Cape Town every year, and it's only the tip of the iceberg. They consider themselves a do-tank, rather than a think-tank, pushing the boundaries of design with the simple question—what is design for? Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube More about Ravi and Design Indaba www.designindaba.com Follow Design Indaba on Facebook Follow Design Indaba on Instagram Follow Ravi Naidoo on Instagram Follow Design Indaba on Twitter Follow Ravi Naidoo on Twitter Watch Design Indaba on YouTube This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
35:35
March 24, 2020
Christopher Cabaldon on Regenerating Cities and Transforming Communities
The longest-serving mayor in West Sacramento’s history, the man behind the city’s outstanding urban regeneration that put it on the map as one of the most livable small towns in the United States, and an LGBTQ+ advocate, Christopher Cabaldon is a model city official. During his on-going, 20-year-long seat in office, the California capital's adjacent city underwent an incredible transformation from a former industrial town to an urbanized, livable community. Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
30:04
March 17, 2020
Marianthi Tatari on Human-Centered Smart Cities
As a true systems thinker, Marianthi Tatari, Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio, takes a scalar approach to design, addressing issues of experience and sense of place in various scales and typologies. During our discussion, we dissect different aspects of city-making that threaten the quality of life such as monofunctional spaces and commoditized smart cities and how to approach designing them with optimism.  Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube Connect with UNStudio: Follow UNStudio on Instagram Follow UNStudio on Twitter This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
19:07
March 10, 2020
Yosuke Hayano on Creating Emotional Connections to Nature
"How do you bring modern architecture into the future and connect humans with nature?” That is the question Yosuke Hayano, principal partner for MAD Architects brings to the table when the studio approaches any of their projects. They are creating a vision for the future city. As they’ve put it, they have been “committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature”. During our interview with Yosuke, we examined how they are able to create that vision as a journey for people to meet nature through architecture. Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube Connect with MAD Architects: http://www.i-mad.com/ Follow MAD Architects on Instagram Follow MAD Architects on Twitter Follow MAD Architects on Facebook This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
22:33
March 3, 2020
Leona Lynen on the Case for Creating Incomplete Cities
Haus der Statistik is a vast, unoccupied administration building in the heart of Berlin at Alexanderplatz. Leona is a Berlin-based urbanist and a member of ZUsammenKUNFT, a cooperative for urban development. ZUsammenKUNFT advocates for cooperation between civil society and administration in order to co-create a better quality of life, starting with Haus der Statistik. It is currently being turned into a model project for a co-operative, mixed-use urban development that is oriented towards the common good.  Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events  Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube Connect with Haus der Statistik: Follow Werkstatt Haus der Statistik on Instagram This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
18:22
February 25, 2020
East Meets West with Yoko Choy, featuring Beatrice Leanza, Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace
From working on the launch of Art Basel Hong Kong, to managing Beijing Design Week’s international communications, to her current role as Chinese editor of Wallpaper* magazine, Yoko Choy is a highly regarded communications consultant and design journalist. Now, embarking on her latest project - the Collective Contemporist, a creative consultancy she co-founded, with the aim to create conversations and collaborations between the two spheres. She is after more than just an alignment of the two, but on a mission to translate insights from both worlds into a common creative language. You will also hear Yoko as she moderates a panel discussion with that cross-cultural dialogue at reSITE 2019 REGENERATE along with Beatrice Leanza, director of Lisbon’s MAAT Museum as well as UK based WallaceLiu founders, Jamie Wallace and Jee Liu. Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube Connect with Yoko: Follow Yoko on Instagram This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
31:00
February 18, 2020
Chris Precht on a New Generation of Architects
When it comes to urban regeneration, not many are thinking about it the way Chris Precht is. Studio Precht’s modular buildings with interwoven, natural geometry bring “being green” to a whole other level. They are all variations on a theme - vertical farming meant for city-living - and aim to reconnect our lives to our food production by bringing it back into our cities, and our minds through architecture. Hear from Chris as he discusses the importance of authenticity, creating spaces that activate our senses, and connecting ourselves to our objective reality to solve the problems of our time. Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube Connect with Chris: Follow Chris on Instagram Follow Studio Precht on Instagram This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
23:16
February 11, 2020
Thomas Heatherwick on Designing on a Human Scale
For Thomas Heatherwick, architecture and urban design go hand-in-hand. Like with all of his projects, he strives to consider them from a human scale capturing the essence of what already exists. His holistic approach brings a thoughtful dimension to architecture, design and urban spaces. Joining the interview is ArchDaily editor, Christele Harrouk, to explore deeper into how Heatherwick approaches his projects with an inspiring amount of integrity and humility.  Design and the City, is a podcast produced by reSITE about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile and designed with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities. Learn more www.reSITE.org Attend reSITE Events www.resite.org/events Join reSITE's Newsletter Connect with us: Follow reSITE on Facebook Follow reSITE on Instagram Follow reSITE on Twitter Follow reSITE on LinkedIn Watch reSITE talks on YouTube  This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is directed and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and recorded and edited by LittleBig Studio.
28:15
February 4, 2020
Design and the City Trailer
Design and the City is a podcast about the ways we can use design to make cities more livable and lovable. reSITE is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever official podcast, Design and the City. We interviewed eight speakers ahead reSITE 2020 for a more intimate, in-depth dig into their current projects and outlooks on the future of our cities. Hear from Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studios), Chris Precht (Studio Precht), Leona Lynen (Haus der Statistik), and Ravi Naidoo (Design Indaba) among others. Cities are the sum of designers, developers, artists, citizens, public officials, entrepreneurs, and the displaced, but rarely do each of these constituencies gather in the same room, let alone speak the same language, and cities suffer for it. reSITE is literally that room. In order to create a city that is truly for everyone, we need to work together. We need to have conversations, debates, discussions, and we need to create a little bit of that friction where the magic happens. We use our flagship event to do just that and frame the future of cities through as many different perspectives as we can. This year we aim to create conversations around how cities can regenerate themselves from every angle. reSITE is a global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment, both on the stage at our events, and off. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics, acting as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership. We encourage the exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive, resilient, inclusive, mobile, and designing with humans in mind to protect and public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities.  Learn More + Connect with Us! www.reSITE.org Follow reSITE on Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/reSITEfestival/  Follow reSITE on Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/resite_/  Follow reSITE on Twitter | https://twitter.com/reSITE_  Follow reSITE on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/resiteorg  This podcast was created by reSITE, the global non-profit acting to improve the urban environment and organized as part of the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum with kind support from the City of Prague. It is produced by Radka Ondrackova, Matej Kostruh, Gil Cienfuegos, and Alexandra Siebenthal. It is written and hosted by Alexandra Siebenthal and edited by Adriana Bielkova and Polina Riabukha. It is recorded by LittleBig Studio. 
04:19
January 27, 2020