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Following an esteemed career as a landscape architect, Saneia Norton now specialises in helping designers articulate their ideas to stakeholders and decision makers

This week, James returns to Sydney to meet with Saneia Norton who spent her early career working on public projects for the public good at the NSW Government Architect's Office and now focuses on assisting designers and related disciplines communicate their ideas and collaborate with clients


Peter Murray, chairman and co-founder of New London Architecture, talks design excellence, tall buildings and the role of the green belt as London densifies

Chairman and co-founder of New London Architecture, Peter Murray, meets with James to discuss new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing London and the built environment, including the need for high quality architecture and design excellence as some 430 new tall buildings emerge on London's skyline


David van der Leer and Stephen Engblom discuss the key issues arising from the hOUR City student ideas competition

Talking Cities is in London this week for the hOUR City student design competition, presented by AECOM and Van Alen Institute with 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, where James, David and Stephen debate how to make people’s lives better and more connected with both the local and global context through good design, place making and measuring the performance of places


We return with one of London's most influential architects and makers, Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects

James meets Ken Shuttleworth in London to discuss how collaboration, curiosity and an equal sense of ownership, where every employee is a maker and partner in the business, uses design meritocracy to achieve design excellence


Season 2 draws to a close as James discusses some of his personal highlights and hints at what's to come in Season 3!

That's a wrap - James discusses the international and local guests we have featured on Season 2 of Talking Cities, then hints at a couple of exciting topics to be covered in Season 3.


Cities like Auckland shouldn’t play catch up, they should be looking to leap frog the competition, according to Auckland design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid

Ludo Campbell-Reid discusses the transition of Auckland from a city that was "shut" to a walkable, mixed use waterfront city that emphasises its unique natural attributes, embraces people-focused design and enables change through unified local governance.


Dr Tim Moonen from The Business of Cities describes how innovation, collaboration and competition are essential ingredients driving successful cities today

We are joined by Dr Tim Moonen, Managing Director of The Business of Cities, to learn how insights and data analysis tools they use can help city leadership, global firms and organisations to understand the latest dynamics of urbanisation and globalisation as cities compete to attract the best and brightest talent from around the world. Tim discusses the importance of good DNA and an entrepreneurial culture can foster innovation and provide significant benefit to cities.


Tom Dallessio, CEO of, shares insights into the importance of storytelling, community engagement and civic leadership

Tom Dallessio joins us in Australia to explore how Newcastle, a post-industrial city, is rapidly re-inventing itself to align with the innovation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. At's global Vanguard conference in Newcastle, 100 professionals from around the world investigated opportunities to revitalise its inner city and industrial heritage while rethinking how we plan our cities for the many future generations to come.


Zoning Vs Strategic planning - New South Wales Planning Supremo, Gary White, says planners need to be bolder

Gary White, Chief Planner for New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment leads the team that balances the strategic planning system with broader government goals and community need. He provides specialist expertise, leadership and advice across government and business sectors. In this episode we explore a place based planning system, innovation precincts and the role of technology in planning.


REA Group chief economist, Nerida Conisbee discusses the power of data when it comes to the real estate market

Property is Australia's number one obsession! What is the special sauce that drives demand and interest in a particular suburb or market? REA Group chief economist, Nerida Conisbee, shares her passion for property and how data from millions of daily searches on can help predict the next property hot spot


New infrastructure the answer to the woes of all major cities? Philip Davies talks infrastructure prioritisation

A chartered engineer, Philip Davies has worked in the infrastructure sector for over a quarter of a century in the UK and in Australia. His mandate as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia is to provide independent expert advice to all levels of government on how to prioritise and evaluate the nation’s infrastructure needs.


Dr Tim Williams adds to the population debate discussing affordability and city governance

Dr. Tim Williams is currently CEO of the Committee for Sydney. Before coming to Australia Tim was CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership, where he played an important role in attracting new investment in infrastructure into East London and established the urban renewal case which helped secure the 2012 Olympic Games for the area.


In London we go underground where Simon Bennett & Mark Raiss divulge the secrets of Crossrail including the 3,000 skeletons uncovered.

Crossrail is one of the largest infrastructure projects underway in London and you have access to Simon Bennett, Head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail and Mark Raiss, Director of Engineering at AECOM Europe Middle East India and Africa. Simon worked on the original 1990s Crossrail scheme for London Underground and in 2000 was seconded to Cross London Rail Links to work on developing the project. Mark led all of AECOM’s design work on the Crossrail Central Section, part of Europe’s largest...


We meet successful entrepreneur Dick Smith and debate population growth in Australian cities

Season two kicks off with a true blue Aussie legend, Dick Smith. After dropping out of tertiary studies he opened a small store, known today as the retail chain Dick Smith Electronics. Recognised as an Australian Living Treasure, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, Smith’s current focus is on encouraging major political parties to moderate immigration rates and challenge the need for increasing population in Australian Cities.


That's a wrap... James discloses his season1 highlights and reveals what's in the pipeline for season 2

A brief shout-out from James Rosenwax, the host of Talking Cities to wrap up season 1. In this series James gets to know the people focused on the many challenges facing the world’s rapidly growing cities. James reveals a number of city shapers lined up for season 2, launching in October, including Dick Smith, Tim Williams, Ken Shuttleworth and Phil Davies.


Mr Olympics, Bill Hanway, reveals the right way to hosting the world’s biggest sporting event and how technology is taking game day to the next level

Bill Hanway is arguably the world’s leading sport stadium and precinct planner. Some of his project highlights include the Rio and London Olympic Games and the recently opened Golden 1 Centre, home to the LA Kings in Sacramento California. An architect by training, Bill is currently Executive Vice President and the leader of Global Sports at AECOM and holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


...goes global. Andrew Bui & David De Rosa discusses living in downtown LA, hyperloop and mobility as a service

James is in Los Angeles, the home of over a dozen freeways. He discusses movement with two of AECOM’s leading thinkers, Andrew Bui and David De Rosa. An experienced city and transport planner, David is working on a variety of projects including autonomous vehicles, high speed rail, light rail and Hyperloop. Andrew is at the forefront of integrating electric car and truck charging into existing roadways.


Stephen Engblom on the value of urban analytics and virtual reality for city planners

Stephen Engblom leads AECOM’s cities practice and is based in San Francisco. A qualified architect Stephen and his team are dedicated to innovative urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the environment, equity, and liveability of our cities.


Housing affordability and health - Mark Steinert reveals his solution to two of Sydney's biggest issues

Mark Steinert has been the CEO of Stockland since 2012, making a switch to property from his previous career in investment banking. Today, Steinert heads a team working on $20 billion of projects that will create new communities around the country.


David Pitchford lifts the lid on mega project delivery in cities

David Pitchford currently Principal of the Right Pitch Consultancy was until recently Chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW. UrbanGrowth NSW’s mandate is to focus on large-scale urban transformation projects. Prior to this David was Head of Profession for UK Government Major Projects and advised Prime Minister David Cameron.


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