The Urbanist

Build 2015, part two

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1 October 2015

Episode 207

30 minutes


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We continue our coverage of this year’s Build conference in Bilbao. We discover how policy makers and civic thinkers are shaping our cities, explore Pittsburgh as a poster-city for resilience, see how cities learn from one another and ask what’s the best way to empower local leaders through technology. Plus: race and the power of the local community in Cleveland and how Atlanta wants its citizens to take charge.

1 October 2015

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Chapter 1

Pittsburgh: poster-city for resilience

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Following the decay of the industrial and steel industries, Pittsburgh has become an emerging hub for technology, education and finance in the past few decades. Kevin Acklin, chief of staff at Pittsburgh’s city hall, told us more about how his city has transformed over the past few years.

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Transatlantic lessons

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Marissa Plouin works at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, overseeing its urban policy programmes. She spoke to us about the best way to connect cities around the world.

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Cleveland: race and changing the status quo

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The discussion on equality at Build touched on race relations and income disparity. We spoke to Jeff Johnson, president of the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ Communications, who works to shine a spotlight on issues affecting African-Americans in the US. He highlighted how empowering a community can be essential in changing the status quo.

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Atlanta: the power of the local community

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In many cities across both the US and Europe, it comes down to the community and local leaders to ensure there is room for inclusion and respect. Kwanza Hall, a member of Atlanta’s city council, told us more about the different ways the city can provide both access and opportunities.

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Chapter 5

Istanbul: Urbanism and technology

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Idema is an Istanbul-based company that has been implementing socio-economic development projects across Turkey and the Middle East for the past 14 years. It brings together civil society and public and private sectors, doing everything from research and analysis to implementing projects in the local community. We spoke with the founder, Dr Ali Ercan OzgUr, about Idema’s work.

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