Episode 31: The Stanford Human Cities Initiative w/ Deland Chan and Kevin Hsu

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.

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Episode references:

The Stanford Human Cities Initiative program: http://www.humancities.org/

The Retaking the Commons workshop in Hong Kong: http://www.humancityworkshop.org/2017-workshop.html

Interdisciplinary Thinking: Stanford scholars and students imagine truly ‘human cities’: https://news.stanford.edu/2016/10/28/imagine-truly-human-cities/

The International Urbanization Seminar: http://www.internationalurbanization.org/

What is a Human City? By Deland Chan: https://medium.com/@delandchan/what-is-a-human-city-1e3b80379f07


Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode