Street music in Philadelphia (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Cities are host to a variety of cultural assets, from local music to theatre, community arts and nightclubs. But not all of them prioritize these assets or their infrastructure — the spaces where creatives work, live and perform. In the quest to attract the “creative class”, these cities can neglect the very culture creators who made them attractive places to begin with. For the sake of avoiding the scourge of the “non-place”, Rebecca Greenwald has a simple request: listen to your creatives, preserve your cultural assets, and create a culture that is authentic and attractive for locals and tourists alike.

Nightlife — and light — in Amsterdam (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

The night has the power to invoke a myriad of emotions — from fear to romance, melancholy to excitement. Whatever your feelings, the fact remains that the nighttime consists of half of our time on this earth, and that means half of our time in our cities as well. What can we do to ensure that our cities are truly taking advantage of their 24-hour needs? What does it mean to design for nighttime?

In this episode we talk with Leni Schwendinger, an expert on nighttime design and Director of Nightseeing (and so much more!), …

“Lifting the Veil” monument to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University (Photo courtesy Nick Seierup, Principal, Perkins+Will)

African Americans make up about 12 percent of the population in the U.S. but only about two percent of registered architects, with African American women consisting of .02 percent of architects overall. If the practice is meant to reflect the people being designed for, it will need to find ways to promote diversity within the field and in educational programs. In this episode we talk with three members of Perkins+Will, one of the first big US studios to hire a Director of Global Diversity, who are aiming to do just that.

Our guests include: Gabrielle Bullock, an active member of…

Skye Duncan of the Global Designing Cities Initiative (Photo courtesy of NACTO)

We are so delighted to have been invited to this year’s annual NACTO Designing Cities conference! In this very special live recording we talk with Skye Duncan, Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, about their upcoming initiative on children and caretakers. A huge thank you to Corinne Kisner and the entire team at NACTO for inviting us to present, and to Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire for the live broadcast and podcast recording!

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Out the window in Amsterdam (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Airbnb can be a contentious issue — it can give you a more affordable place to stay, a more authentic experience in a city, and allow you to meet new people from the places you’re visiting. On the other hand, it can “black out” entire blocks of tourists, drive up prices, and take valuable rental units off the market that could otherwise potentially be affordable. In this week’s Next City partnered article, contributor Nina Feldman walks us through the New Orleans experience — a city reliant upon its tourism industry — six months after it implemented regulations on legalized Airbnb.

Making it look effortless in Amsterdam (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

It’s been a busy month for us between trips abroad, conferences, and new jobs, so we thought it would be a good time to sit down for a catch-up chat. Tune in as we discuss blog baby anniversaries, feminist planning in Stockholm, and Placemaking Week in Amsterdam. And stay tuned for some special announcements from the two of us, including a live recording of Third Wave Urbanism at NACTO’s Designing Cities conference next week in Chicago where we’ll be interviewing Skye Duncan, Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative!

If you like these conversations and advocating for human-scale cities, you…

Human cities during San Francisco’s open streets (photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Our cities are complex, and it will take more than one lens to tackle the issues we’re facing. But what does it mean to be interdisciplinary in urbanism? Deland Chan and Kevin Hsu, cofounders of the Human Cities Initiative at Stanford, are tackling this from the academic side — creating a program based on international collaboration and cross-cultural exchange for students from a wide range of degrees. In this episode we chat about their latest seminar in Hong Kong, Retaking the Commons, and the upcoming Human Cities Expo where these ideas come together.

If you like these conversations and advocating…

Philadelphia’s first monument to a black American, Octavius Catto (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Nearly two months after the violent and hateful events in Charlottesville, Virginia, we sit down with Elgin Cleckley — assistant professor of architecture and design thinking at the University of Virginia — to talk about his experience as a black designer in the city. We discuss his recent Next City article, I’m a Black Designer in Charlottesville. This Is What It Feels Like to Walk Through My City, about putting context to place, the optimism of design thinking, and how we can have better conversations around the future we want for our cities.

If you like these conversations and advocating…

Mom’s out for a walk in New York City (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

A focus on walking can be the common denominator in making our cities more livable. In this episode we talk with Kate Kraft, Executive Director of America Walks, about celebrating 20 years of walking advocacy and what we can do to make our cities more equitable. Tune in for our discussion on what brought Kate to the world of walkability, the National Walking Summit call to action, and their upcoming webinar series Walking Toward Justice.

If you like these conversations and advocating for human-scale cities, you can donate to our efforts on our Patreon page at …

Shared street at Pike Place Market in Seattle, home of Amazon’s HQ1 (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

In case you haven’t heard (somehow) Amazon is searching for its second headquarters and the cities of America — and Canada — are dressing to impress in a mad scramble to reply to the RFP. Which city will it be? How will Amazon choose the lucky winner? And what kind of impact do these veritable PR stunts have on the existing communities once the dust has settled? Tune in for this and more as we talk with Next City contributor Kelsey E. Thomas about her article on the competition that’s taking the country by storm.

If you like these conversations…

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