The Urbanist

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11 February 2021

Episode 487

30 minutes


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This week we report on the Urban Land Institute’s 2021 Europe Conference. In line with the current climate, this was a virtual affair but, as always, it was an event packed with great guests sharing their ideas on how to make our cities better.

11 February 2021

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Chapter 1

Sir David King

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Climate change remains the biggest threat to us. We hear from Sir David King, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Cambridge and founder and chair of the Centre for Climate Repair.

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Carlos Moreno

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What’s the best way to organise urban life? For urban scientist Carlos Moreno, chair of entrepreneurship, territory and innovation at the Panthéon Sorbonne University in Paris, it’s all about the local approach and the “15-minute city” concept.

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Marion Waller

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As we’ve just heard, Paris is at the forefront of the “15-minute city” movement. Marion Waller is an advisor to the mayor of Paris and is working on this issue.

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Josja van Der Veer

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Josja van Der Veer is director of urban planning and sustainability for the city of Amsterdam. She’s responsible for a mammoth task of defining a grand vision for the future of the city and how to better use existing buildings and public space.

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Chapter 5

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Pierfrancesco Maran

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Milan was one of the first cities in Europe to go into lockdown, which meant that its leaders had to learn on the go and adapt quickly. We hear from Pierfrancesco Maran, who is deputy mayor for urban planning, green areas and agriculture for the city of Milan.

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