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Urban Limitrophe is a podcast exploring the various initiatives happening in cities across the African continent to creatively solve problems, support their communities, create vibrant urban spaces, and build better cities overall. Tune in monthly to catch interviews with various guests doing great work to change the future of their cities and find out how you can get involved in helping them to make a difference in their communities and get inspired to start something new in yours.

Urban Limitrophe is a podcast exploring the various initiatives happening in cities across the African continent to creatively solve problems, support their communities, create vibrant urban spaces, and build better cities overall. Tune in monthly to catch interviews with various guests doing great work to change the future of their cities and find out how you can get involved in helping them to make a difference in their communities and get inspired to start something new in yours.

Location:

Toronto, ON

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Urban Limitrophe is a podcast exploring the various initiatives happening in cities across the African continent to creatively solve problems, support their communities, create vibrant urban spaces, and build better cities overall. Tune in monthly to catch interviews with various guests doing great work to change the future of their cities and find out how you can get involved in helping them to make a difference in their communities and get inspired to start something new in yours.

Language:

English


Episodes

How CLUSTER is Bridging Western Urban Understanding From the Middle East to North Africa

8/21/2022
In this episode, my co-host Sami Ferwati and I chat with Salma Elbasty from CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research). CLUSTER undertakes a number of research, architecture, and arts-based urban initiatives with a special focus on analyzing urban informality and highlighting its role in our cities. During our discussion, we explore the impact of two of CLUSTER's major projects—the CAUL (Critical Arab Urban Lexicon) and their Creativity in Action toolkit—and...

Duration:00:35:18

How Book Bunk is Restoring Public Libraries Across Nairobi

8/14/2022
In this episode, my co-host Jane O'Brien Davis and I chat with Marion Anvango at Book Bunk. Book Bunk is "working to restore some of Nairobi's most iconic public libraries into sites of heritage, public art, collective memory, knowledge production, shared experiences, cultural leadership and information exchange." During our discussion, we explore their diverse series of programming that they offer in their public library branches. We also chat about Book Bunk's approach to restoring...

Duration:00:40:13

How Black Futures Now Toronto Turned Local Histories into a Virtual Community Centre

7/24/2022
In this episode, I chat with Adwoa Afful, the founder of Black Futures Now Toronto (BFN TO). BFN TO is collective that uses a mixture of storytelling, radical mapping, and a whole lot of creative talent, to develop a number of interactive ways of archiving, experiencing, and celebrating overlooked Black histories and geographies. During our talk, we explore their innovative Mapping Black Futures (MBF) story mapping project, and how in collaboration with Black nonbinary youth and women from...

Duration:00:44:02

How Buildher is Empowering Women Through Construction

6/30/2022
In this episode, I speak with Tatu Gatere, the co-founder and CEO of Buildher. Buildher is a non-profit based in Nairobi Kenya that is on a mission to promote gender equality within the construction industry through the provision of accredited construction, artisanry, and manufacturing skills to women that participate in their training program. Through their holistic approach to skills training and workforce development, Buildher is working hard to knock down biases and close the gender gap...

Duration:00:47:51

How Justice Defenders is Using Education to Defend the Defenceless

4/29/2022
In this episode, my co-host Hannah Ahamedi and I chatted with Milly Kakungulu, the Education Department Lead at Justice Defenders Uganda. Through our discussion, we learned more about how the Justice Defenders (formerly known as the African Prisons Project) are defending the defenceless by educating prisoners on how to provide legal services for themselves and others. In this episode, you'll learn about: the Reach Alliance (@reachallianceto ) and how our research project inspired Hannah...

Duration:01:10:09

How Lima’s Sonic Landscapes Are Shaped by Afro-Peruvian Women

4/3/2022
In this episode, I chat again with Roxana Escobar Ñañez. Roxana is pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Geography at the University of Toronto and she was recently one of five special guests on the 12th episode of the podcast. Given her unique research interests, after our last conversation, I decided to invite her to the show again to dive deeper into her work examining 'the places Afro-Peruvian women hold in Lima’s sonic landscapes' and Black womanhood in Latin America and to get a better...

Duration:01:10:30

An Exploration of Black Excellence in Future Geographers and Planners at the University of Toronto

2/27/2022
This special episode of Urban Limitrophe is brought to you in collaboration with the Graduate Geography & Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) in celebration of Black History/Black Futures Month! In this episode, I speak with Roxana Escobar Ñañez (PhD Human Geography), Brianna Lane (MSc Physical Geography), Priscilla Ankomah-Hackman (MSc Planning), Jane O'Brien Davis (MSc Planning), and Bola Oshinusi (PhD Planning) to explore why they got interested in geography and planning, and their advice...

Duration:00:57:31

How the Black Planning Project is Diversifying Urban Planning One Story at a Time

2/20/2022
In this episode, I speak with Abigail Moriah, a registered urban planner and founder of the Black Planning Project. Through this initiative, Abigail and her team, collect and share the stories of Black urban planning professionals and students to highlight their important work and encourage more diverse voices to enter the profession. Most importantly, through its various mentorship opportunities and research endeavours, the Black Planning Project builds the relationships and the community...

Duration:00:39:47

How the BuildX Studio is Creating Dignified Circular Affordable Housing Across Kenya

2/13/2022
In this episode, I speak with Carolina Larrazábal, the co-founder and design director at BuildX Studio. BuildX Studio is an innovative award-winning architectural studio based in Nairobi, which is the first architecture, engineering or construction company in Africa to become B Corp™ certified. The team at BuildX Studio is on a mission to build radically better buildings, and back in July 2021 I got to speak with Carolina to learn more about how her team is building dignified circular...

Duration:00:45:38

How the Dikan Center Is Building the First Photo Library in Ghana

1/17/2022
In this episode, I speak with Paul Ninson, a photographer, and filmmaker about the importance of visual storytelling and how after collecting over 30,000 books on photography and film, he is in the beginning stages of building The Dikan Center. The center will be the first visual storytelling library in Ghana. The Dikan Center will train not only the next generation of storytellers but build a community hub that welcomes locals and newcomers alike to learn about, celebrate, and create...

Duration:00:37:05

How Waste Reclaimers Recycle 80 to 90% of South Africa's Waste

12/17/2021
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Melanie Samson, about the important role that waste reclaimers play in our cities, particularly in Johannesburg. Melanie works closely with the African Reclaimers Organization (ARO), a non-profit group that is fighting to get waste reclaimers the rights and recognition they deserve for their hard work and ensuring that their knowledge and perspectives are incorporated in the broader waste management system. In this episode, you'll learn about: Guest: Dr....

Duration:00:36:58

How OFF TO Magazine is Celebrating African Cities One Issue at a Time

10/5/2021
In this episode, I speak with Liz Gomis, about the inspiration and process of developing OFF TO Magazine. OFF TO Magazine is a bilingual, biannual magazine available online and through print, that explores African Cities through the eyes of local citizens. Each issue centers around one African city and uses the experience of local journalists, writers, artists, architects, urban planners, historians, and more, to dispel some myths about the city and share why it is a region worth heading off...

Duration:00:46:21

How the Mmofra Foundation is Designing Playful and Child-Friendly Cities in Ghana

8/4/2021
In this episode, I discuss urban play spaces and child-friendly cities with Amowi Phillips from the Mmofra Foundation. The Mmofra Foundations is a non-profit based out of Accra, Ghana that transforms urban spaces and urban green spaces into creative labs where children and youth can play and learn while being exposed to art, culture, and nature. In this episode, you'll learn about: Guest: Amowi Phillips mmofraghana.org...

Duration:01:18:12

How Gbobètô is Turning Waste into Sustainable Energy in Port-Novo, Benin

6/13/2021
In this episode, I discuss recycling and the importance of creating sustainable energy alternatives with Naomi Fagla Medegan, the founder of Gbobètô. Gbobètô is a non-profit based out of Porto-Novo, Benin that sees waste as a tool for social and sustainable development and through their various recycling programs works to make cities cleaner and communities empowered. In this episode, you'll learn about: Guest: Naomi Fagla Medegan https://gbobeto.org/@gbobeto...

Duration:00:46:48

How Hope Raisers Uses Digital Storytelling to Build Community Climate Resilience in Nairobi, Kenya

4/30/2021
In this episode, I discuss a bit about community climate change adaptation and the importance of incorporating the youth voice in decision-making with Daniel Onyango, the founder of The Hope Raisers Initiative. The Hope Raisers Initiative uses arts, culture, and sports to amplify the youth voice in the neighbourhood of Korogocho in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the organization, community members get opportunities to creatively transform public spaces in their neighbourhood whether that is through...

Duration:00:41:47

How The Abibiman Project is Tackling Food Insecurity One African Dish at a Time

3/28/2021
In this episode, I discuss a bit about the role of the cultural appropriateness of food in tackling food insecurity and chat with Chef Rachel Adjei, the founder of The Abibiman Project. The Abibiman Project is an initiative started by Rachel in October 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that uses African cuisine and ingredients to help promote social justice and reduce food insecurity in Toronto's black community. In this episode, we’ll touch on: Guest: Rachel...

Duration:00:34:30

How iAfrika is Helping Local Public Libraries Bridge the Digital Language Divide

2/22/2021
In this episode, I discuss the importance of public libraries in cities with Professor Lia Frederiksen. I also chat with Grant McNulty of McNulty Consulting the team behind iAfrika, a mobile-friendly platform that works with local libraries to help their communities create and distribute African language content. In this episode, you'll learn about: Guest: Grant McNulty https://www.mcnulty.co.za/https://iafrika.org/Expert: Lia Frederiksen http://www.liafrederiksen.org/ Music by Imany...

Duration:00:46:47

How Surf Ghana is Building the First Skatepark in Accra

1/16/2021
In this episode, I discuss a bit about the role of skateboarding and skateparks in city building. I chat with Sandy Alibo, the founder of Surf Ghana, a non-profit based in Accra, Ghana that transforms its communities by bringing youth together using the power of skateboarding and surfing. In this episode, you'll learn about: Daily Paper Guest: Sandy Alibo www.surfghana.org@surfghana Music by Imany Lambropoulos More Urban Limitrophe: www.urbanlimitrophe.com@urbanlimitrophe Podcast...

Duration:00:36:23

Welcome to Urban Limitrophe

12/9/2020
Urban Limitrophe is a podcast exploring the various initiatives happening in cities across the African continent to creatively solve problems, support their communities, create vibrant urban spaces, and build better cities overall. Tune in to catch interviews with various guests doing great work to change the future of their cities and get inspired to start something new in yours. Coming soon! Music by Imany Lambropoulos Podcast concept and development by Alexandra Lambropoulos. Please...

Duration:00:00:48