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The Future of Cities

Oct 31, 2018

Fifty years ago, Lagos, Nigeria was little more than a village. Today, it is one of the five most populous cities in the world, and it is still growing. Accelerated urbanization is creating a situation where megacities like Lagos arise before formal city plans can be laid. In this episode, we explore how city planners...


Oct 30, 2018

Currently, more than 50% of the United States population lives in suburbs. So what role will they play in the future of cities? In this episode, we explore how the suburbs arose, what it has meant for our cities, and how they might change as cities do. 

(3:35) The history of suburbanization in Detroit

(8:10) Why people...


Oct 29, 2018

Traffic creates pollution, makes us miserable, and even harms our health. And yet most of us accept it as a part of daily life? In this episode, we explore how transportation will change in the future of cities, and what it might mean for the future of traffic.

 

(3:15) How public transit, and buses specifically, will...


Oct 15, 2018

In the last 100 years, we have gone from the farm to the factory line to the cubicle to the open office plan. What is next?

(2:19) Why workplace design needs to follow from human needs

(3:10) Why workplaces should be beautiful

(5:35) The problems of the open office plan

(8:49) How offices can integrate with the...


Oct 15, 2018

Over the past few hundred years, technology has improved at an unprecedented rate. During the same time, construction processes have largely remained the same. Now, that might finally be changing.

(1:34) What is prefabrication and why is it so cost effective?

(3:40) How much prefabrication can decrease cost

(4:52) How...