Our Podcast Episodes:
All of our podcast episodes are available on our channel.
Episode 11: Breaking (Language) Barriers in Canterbury-Bankstown
17 January 2020
In one of the most diverse cities in the greater Sydney region, the residents of Canterbury-Bankstown speak over 200 different languages and dialects. This can pose a challenge when it comes to communicating with the public in the city building and community engagement processes.
CBCity is using technology and innovation to overcome language barriers, forge deeper connections among their residents and, ultimately, drive better outcomes for their community.
Episode 10: Innovation in the Built and Digital World with Bill Ruh and Kip Harkness
29 November 2019
The Cities Leadership Institute sat down with Bill Ruh, CEO of Digital at Lendlease, and Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager at the City of San Jose to discuss the evolution in innovation in our cities in both the built and digital form.
From attracting the right talent and utilizing public-private partnerships to innovative new building materials and governing for the customer; Ruh and Harkness take a deep dive into the role of technology and innovation in solving real problems with outcomes that matter.
Episode 09: Disrupting Health with Dr. David Putrino
21 October 2019
Dr. David Putrino is the Director of the Abilities Research Center which sits within Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr Putrino's lab is comprised of scientists, clinicians, engineers, artists, and story-tellers with the collective goal of using technology to help people perform better.
The Cities team met Dr Putrino in NYC during our 2019 International Exchange on Health and Innovation and we had the opportunity to catch up with him again in Sydney where he was being recognised for his inspiring work overseas at the Advance Awards.
Episode 08: Building WELL with Mathew Burke
22 August 2019
Building quality, design and standards play a critical role in the health of our Cities and the health of citizens. As urban intensification continues to increase we need to be vigilant on its impact on the environment, community health and personal well-being.
While we have seen the growing utilisation of rating systems such as Green Star and NABERS there is demand to expand building performance metrics further. The WELL Building Standard focuses on advancing health and well-being in buildings across the world by improving and prioritizing health and human experience in the design of our developments.
Episode 07: Small Shifts with Julia Suh
08 July 2019
Julia Suh is a leading voice in citizen-led urbanism, and specialises in applying human-centred design as a tool for social change and advocacy.
Julia was a panelist at the Cities Leadership Institute's Book Launch and Alumni Event, Crafting Innovative Places, at the Old Parramatta Goal. We sat down with Julia, literally in the old recreation yard at the prison, to talk about grassroots, community-driven place-making, and the small shifts that we, as community members, can take to empower and engage with our local places.
Episode 06: Smart Strategy with Waverley Council
27 June 2019
David Edwards, Manager eSolutions & John Coudounaris, Economic Development Manager talk to the Cities Leadership Institute about their new draft Smart Waverley Strategy 2023, including the process for undertaking the development of the strategy, the City’s involvement and consultation with key stakeholders and community members, and the actions required to achieve the desired outcome as outlined in the strategy.
Episode 05: Heat Mitigation with Dr. Sebastian Pfautsch
20 June 2019
The combination of rapidly developing urban areas with increasingly hot summers and mild winters, places heat mitigation and management of open spaces at the top of the urban design and well-being agenda.
Dr Sebastian Pfautsch, Western Sydney University, spoke with us about measuring and managing urban heat -everywhere from playgrounds, to schoolyards, car parks and everything in between.
Episode 04: Smart Energy with Bart Curnow
18 April 2019
The way that we power our cities is changing. Burning fossil fuels are no longer economically or environmentally sustainable, therefore we must pave a new path forward in terms of how we source, store, use and understand energy.
As a part of our Crew Webinar Series, Cities Leadership Institute alumni colleague Bart Curnow, Smart City Manager at SMEC, provides an overview on a smart energy project he has been working on. Specifically on the design methodology and concept feasibility of decentralised, integrated energy networks powering smart cities.
Episode 03: Public Art with Peter Day
20 December 2018
Public art should represent our cities and their citizens, led by local artists who will work with the community to create beautiful and meaningful pieces that people can find a sense of pride in.
Peter Day is one of the pioneers of community engagement in Australia, incorporating consultation and participation in art and design projects. For over thirty years he has been sourcing valuable information from communities to inform the design process. Peter says 'We avoid a lot of mistakes which are made through design professionals making assumptions - we avoid embarrassment for our clients and create valuable, meaningful appropriate and much loved art and design solutions.'
Episode 02: Health & Innovation with Chris Kommatas
03 December 2018
Technology and innovation are key enablers to drive health outcomes for citizens, communities and cities providing the opportunity to connect, accelerate and advance physical and mental wellbeing.
Chris Kommatas is Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at the Health Roundtable, and is the co-founder and Director of the Melbourne Health Accelerator at the The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also the founder of the largest early-stage health-tech startup community, Startup HealthTech.
Episode 01: Data Ethics with Dr Matthew Beard
15 November 2018
With the ever-growing presence of technology in our everyday lives, citizens are increasingly concerned about the privacy and security of their data. Cities, in particular, must address the ethics around data collection and management as cities move forward in their smart city strategies. While each city engages their smart city journey in a unique way, central to all smart cities is the need to effectively, efficiently, and ethically manage data.
Read more about the discussion here.