📺 Welcome to the Circular Metabolism podcast 📺. This podcast is hosted by Aristide Athanassiadis from Metabolism of Cities. In this podcast we interview thinkers, researchers, policy makers and practitioners to better understand the metabolism of our cities and how to reduce their environmental impact in a socially just and context-specific way.
In this new episode, I wanted to move away from studying economic alternatives, technological solutions and policy measures and get back to an essential question which is how you plan and design cities. In fact, there is a very intimate relationship between the territorial organisation of a city and how they consume resource flows but also how they reuse waste flows as new resources. In other terms I wanted to discuss with one world renowned architect and urbanist, Paola Viganò.
Paola is the co-founder of the architectural study Studio and Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design at the EPFL (Lausanne) and at IUAV Venice. Paola, has received numerous awards for her work including the French Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in 2013, the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture in 2018 and has received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 2016. Her Studio has worked on constructing visions for some important metropolitan areas: Le Grand Paris, métropole de l’après Kyoto; Brussels 2040; Lille 2030 and Montpellier 2040. In 2012 Studio was chosen to propose a vision on New Moscow. In her work she has also developed some concepts to rethink cities such as the porous city and the horizontal metropolis.
On this episode we talked how architects and urbanists might design 21st. century cities, how they can articulate all pressing challenges into one spatial reconfiguration and how new concepts can help to acceleration transitions.
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