The Urbanist

What are cities made of?

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25 November 2021

Episode 528

30 minutes

From concrete to timber and glass to steel, there are many facets that make up a city – but are all of them as obvious as they sound? This week we discuss the very action of city-building from the physical to the intangible.

25 November 2021

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‘The World in a Grain’ by Vince Beiser

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After water and air, sand is the natural resource the world consumes the most of, and it’s used for a variety of construction purposes. But getting it isn’t as easy as you might think and we are running out of it too.

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Circular construction with Circuit

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Circular construction is all about trying to make the best use of the built environment, using existing buildings as intensively as possible. We hear from Andrea Charlson, the built environment lead at Circuit.

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Data with Aruj Haider

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Data is perhaps one of the most important facets that make up the fabric of our built environment. Aruj Haider is the chief digital and innovation officer at Westminster City Council and is working to better utilise data and bring communities together through smart innovation.

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