The Urbanist

The quest for perfection

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11 March 2021

Episode 491

30 minutes


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We explore some of the different approaches that cities have taken in the quest for perfection.

11 March 2021

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

‘The Ideal City’

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Space10 is IKEA’s global research and design lab, which has recently compiled its years of research in a new book, ‘The Ideal City: exploring urban futures’. It spans from the resourceful city to the shared one, and the safe city to the desirable. We hear from Simon Caspersen, the co-founder of Space10.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

‘Practicing utopia’

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The new town movement was crucial in creating purposefully planned, developed and built cities to not only urbanise new areas but also to act as a solution to overcrowding. Rosemary Wakeman is a professor of history at Fordham University in New York and the author of ‘Practicing Utopia: an intellectual history of the new town movement’.

8 minutes

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

‘Perfect city’

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While there is no such thing as a perfect city, each city has moments and features of perfection: from buildings to streets, green areas to the social side of it. Joe Berridge is a partner at Urban Strategies Inc. and author of ‘Perfect City: an urban fixer’s global search for magic in the modern metropolis’.

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