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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.

The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.


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The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. Hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh, a planner and urban designer based in London, this show explores how architects, planners, policy makers and designers can make cities more sustainable, healthy and happy.




#21: Jake Attwood-Harris (Hawkins\Brown) - Whole Life Carbon, Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofitting for Sustainability

Jake is Sustainable Design Advisor at Hawkins\Brown where he led the development of the free open-source Hawkins Brown Emissions Reduction Tool, also referred to as H\B:ERT, which is a whole life carbon calculation tool. Jake works across all project stages; developing and reviewing key sustainability strategies and targets. His work is at the boundary between architecture and engineering; working with passive design techniques to create comfort in buildings before using modern technology...


#20: Jonny McKenna and Dhruv Sookhoo (Metropolitan Workshop) - A New Kind of Suburbia and Practice-Based Research

Today's episode is a conversation with Jonny McKenna and Dhruv Sookhoo of Metropolitan Workshop, a leading practice of architects and urban designers based in London and Dublin. Jonny McKenna is Director of their Dublin office, an architect and urban designer and has played a lead role in masterplanning and residential projects since joining Metropolitan Workshop in 2006. Dhruv Sookhoo is Head of Research and Practice Innovation at Metropolitan Workshop. He is both a chartered Architect and...


#19: Virginia Cinquemani - Key Skills for a Successful Sustainability Career

Today's episode is a conversation with Virginia Cinquemani. Virginia is the founder and director of Green Gorilla Consultants, a unique training and coaching company focusing exclusively on empowering sustainability professionals to become the most confident and assertive version of themselves, and to successfully accomplish their sustainability projects even when their stakeholders think sustainability is a waste of time and money! Virginia is a qualified architect, project manager and...


#17: James Godfrey-Faussett - Growing Urban Forests with the Miyawaki Method

James grows urban forests around the UK with his company Wild Urban Spaces and with rewilding organisation SUGi. He is an expert in the use of the Miyawaki Method of afforestation, which is a Japanese approach to rapidly creating healthy, native forest ecosystems, and can be applied to small sites in urban contexts. In this episode we discuss: Contact James: Follow the Green...


#18: Liza Degtyareva (4D Sustainability) - Small Business Sustainability, Regenerative Economy, and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Liza is a business consultant, social innovator and advocate for regenerative economy. She's a member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership network and has extensive experience working in several industries and countries as project manager and consultant. Today she runs her own business called 4D Sustainability helping small and medium businesses on their sustainability journey. She and her co-founder developed a simplified methodology that enables small companies to adopt...


#16: Are Tall Buildings Sustainable?

In today's episode we are asking, are tall buildings sustainable? It is often argued that because of their density, tall buildings are essential for sustainable cities to support public transport, walking, cycling and thriving communities. However, once you start looking into it, it is far more complicated than that. In this episode, tall buildings are analysed based on their environmental, social and economic sustainability with some surprising results. Follow the Green...


#15: Psychology of Climate Action

This episode pulls heavily from two excellent books, The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells and The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. I look at the cognitive biases that prevent us from thinking logically and honestly about climate change, and therefore limit our actions, as presented in The Uninhabitable Earth. Following this I discuss the three "mindsets" put forward in The Future We Choose, that can help us to reframe the problem in our minds and...


#14: Livestock and Climate Change - Why Cows are not (Necessarily) Evil

Welcome to the Green Urbanist, the podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. I'm Ross. The premise of this episode is that the way we currently produce most of our meat, using factory farms and feedlots, is a disaster from an environmental point of view and contributes a small but significant amount to global greenhouse gas emissions. However, there is a potential solution to this problem beyond simply eating less meat, which involves managing livestock in such a way that it...


#13: Stig Terrebonne (Human City Podcast) - Lessons Learned from Leading Urbanists

Today's episode is a collaboration with the Human City podcast. The Human City is a podcast hosted by Stig Terrebonne that focuses on making cities, well, more human. Making people healthier, happier and facilitating community through urbanism. In this episode Stig has joined me to share his top lessons learned from interviewing some of the leading urbanists in the USA. We cover some really interesting topics including why urbanism needs branding, how communities are formed on interaction...


#12: Salem Qunsol - Sustainability in the Middle East, Urban Resilience and Bouncing Forward after Covid-19

Salem is a Sustainability Engineer who has worked on projects in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Originally from Amman Jordan, he moved to England to study civil and environmental engineering, and has spent the last 6 years working on exciting international projects. Salem is a good friend of mine, we used to work together and he was probably one of the first people I met when I first moved to London. With this episode, I really wanted to bring out important insights and...


#11: Carbon is Making our Food Less Nutritious

This is a mini-episode covering one very interesting topic: Increased atmospheric carbon is making food grow with less nutrients. I cover the research and some of the implications for global health. This is a fascinating story I wanted to share but couldn't fit it into a larger episode. So here it is in a short podcast bite. Let me know what you think of this shorter format on social...


#10: Justin Hunt (Blaise) - Future of Mobility and Sustainable, Equitable Transport

Justin Hunt is a Canadian engineer and entrepreneur, and CEO of an exciting company called Blaise Transit. Blaise is an AI-based software platform that allows transit operators to run on-demand bus services using their existing vehicles. What does that mean? Well essentially, instead of running a traditional bus route on a fixed line, passengers can open a smartphone app and request to picked up. The bus will then alter its route to pick up passengers on the most convenient and efficient...


#9: Tiago de Zoeten (Mossy Earth) - Using Reforestation and Rewilding to fight Climate Change

Today we are taking a step outside cities to explore reforestation and rewilding in a conversation with biologist Tiago de Zoeten. Tiago is a conservation biologist at Mossy Earth, a social enterprise on a mission to restore nature and fight climate change. He studied biology at the University of Edinburgh and Biostatistics at UCM in Madrid and has research experience in ecology and conservation genetics. At Mossy Earth he is working on bringing exciting rewilding projects to life and on...


#8: Planning for the Future - White Paper on a New Planning System for England

This episode provides a summary of the main proposals in the UK government White Paper, Planning for the Future, which sets out a new planning system for England. I discuss the move away from a discretionary planning system to one based on zoning, how the new system intends to promote design quality and delivering more housing and the changing role of technology in planning. Read the full White Paper here: Consultation...


#7: Niall McEvoy - Breathing Life into Cities: Urban Greening, Air Quality, Biophilia and Biodiversity

This episode is a conversation with Niall McEvoy. Niall is Business Development Manager at Scotscape, a leading green infrastructure and living wall provider. He is an educator and speaker with expertise in urban greening, horticulture and the science behind how plants and trees can improve our cities. Niall leads training courses on the design, construction and maintenance of living walls, provides continuing professional development programmes for architects and designers globally and...


#6: Climate Change in Cities Part 2 - Sea Level Rise and Jakarta, the Sinking Megacity

Welcome to the Green Urbanist Podcast. My name is Ross and this podcast is about how urbanists of all kinds can step up the climate emergency. This episode is Part 2 in a series on Climate Change is affecting and reshaping our cities. The topic is sea level rise and some of the points covered include: Follow the podcast on social media Intro music by...


#5: Conrad Richardson - Sustainable Transport, Innovation in the Global South, and Truly Smart Cities

Welcome to the Green Urbanist Podcast, hosted by Ross O'Ceallaigh. This podcast is all about how we can design and manage cities to reduce our carbon emissions, adapt to the climate emergency and live happier, healthier lives. Today's episode is a conversation with Conrad Richardson. Conrad is a mobility and climate activist with an international academic and professional background in urban and transport planning, engineering and design across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the...


#4: Climate Change in Cities - Part 1: Heat Waves, Water Shortage and Crime Rates

Today's episode is Part 1 of a series about how climate change is affecting our cities. There are four episodes in this series, coming out over the coming months, with a different topic for each. Today's topic is heat and I cover the following issues: Future episodes in this series will cover water (sea level rise and flooding), food and society. Follow/subscribe to the podcast to stay up to date! Follow us on social media for additional content and news. Follow the podcast on social...


#3: Giulia Mori - Wellbeing in the Built Environment

Welcome to the Green Urbanist. The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. I'm Ross. Today's episode is an interview with Giulia Mori. Giulia is a Senior Energy and Sustainability Consultant with Tuffin Ferraby Taylor in London. One of her areas of expertise is wellbeing in the built environment. The focus of our conversation is how architecture and urban design affects our health. Wellbeing is a huge topic. To keep this conversation to a reasonable length, we've chosen to focus on...


#1: Zero Carbon Britain

In this episode, I take a look at one scenario for Britain achieving zero carbon emissions put forward by the Centre for Alternative Energy (CAT) in their report called Zero Carbon Britain. CAT describe the report like this: "Incorporating work from the last 12 years of Zero Carbon Britain research and the latest scientific and technological developments, the report presents a technically feasible scenario showcasing a future Zero Carbon Britain using only proven technology." I present a...