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17 June 2021

Episode 505

30 minutes


Photo: Sitopia Farm

Urban ideas and inventions to improve the places we call home. We hear about Sitopia Farm in London, learn about wellbeing with ‘Know Your Health’ and look at accessibility innovation with Kone and Leo-Pekka Tähti.

17 June 2021

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Chapter 1

Sitopia Farm

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We speak with Chloë Dunnett, the founder and chief grower of Sitopia Farm, and Carolyn Steel, Sitopia Farm advisory board member, about their plans for an urban farm in London. From the Greek ‘sitos’, meaning food, and ‘topos’, meaning place, with a play on the word ‘utopia’, Sitopia wants to change our relationship with food.

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‘Know Your Health’

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Online guide ‘Know Your Health’, created by PLP Labs with partners Centric Lab and Comuzi, wants to help urban dwellers to identify how their environment is affecting their health – and what needs to change.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Connected elevators

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Engineering firm Kone wants to deliver equality through technology. As part of its DX experiments project, it is developing ways to connect elevators directly to wheelchair users. We speak with Kone’s chief technology officer, Maciej Kranz, and with the ‘world’s fastest man in a wheelchair’ and Paralympic gold medalist Leo-Pekka Tähti.

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