The conscious cities podcast series focuses on the built environment industry in London. Right now London is at an interesting crossroads, a city organically developed over the centuries is contriving to become a mega-city. With that comes some teething troubles. In a 1-1 interview series, we’ll be speaking with interesting people deep in the real estate and built environment industries working on the city of tomorrow. We’ll try to identify holes in macro plans and great opportunities ahead that can be seized.

Hosted by Josh Artus. All comments to mail@ccities.org please.

Episode 8 // Talking AI & Machine Ethics with Ben Byford

In the quest to learn a little more about the state of artificial intelligence, we’ve teamed up with Ben Byford, a technologist that runs the Machine Ethics podcast series. Amongst many things, Ben’s career has focused on applying his theories to games designing, education for companies like Decoded, as well as a venture called Eulogy that focused on better connecting academic studies to industry - something we can wholeheartedly get behind at Conscious Cities.

Episode 7 // Talking Policy & Urbanism with Patricia Brown Of Central

Patricia Brown’s career in urbanism is vast and with depth. Patricia has been behind movements that have helped shape London as a city since the early 1990s, the types of movements many of us take for granted but had to start somewhere by someone with a great idea and a strategy for implementation. Highlights in her career include in the development of the Business Improvement District model, Chair of the London Festival of Architecture for 3 years, being a part of the Mayor of London’s design advisory panel and being chief executive of the Central London Partnership which was a public/private partnership from 1998-2008 where she worked with Jan Gehl and his team in developing a report on people and public space that shaped policy thereon from mayoral level. Today, Patricia runs her own consultancy, Central. Central works with people across a wide spectrum of sectors, advising and developing approaches to creating the vision, plans and the relationships to achieve better places, cities, economies and lives. Central understands the dynamics of places; the nuances and ecology, together with the importance of people and partnership, in shaping and influencing good or bad outcomes.

Episode 6 // Talking Tech & SmartCities With Savannah De Savary Of Built - ID

For episode 6 we're delighted to have Savannah de Savary with us on the pod. Savannah is Founder and CEO of proptech startup Built ID. "Built-ID connects talented consultants with clients and those clients with powerful precedent & collaboration tools. You’ll be discovered by your involvement with former clients, specific projects, past collaborators & by your inspiring project images. The word-of-mouth referral system, finally brought into the digital age."

Quickly rising up the ladder they have documented over 18,000 projects worldwide by over 600 member companies. Their aim is to help you discover the people behind your favourite projects. One of the great things about Built-ID is the transparency it provides in quite a hidden and cloaked industry. They are also working towards becoming Shazam for the Built Environment. In the podcast we don’t really go on about the company but more to ask Savannah, as an entrepreneur in a progressive technology related company some of her views about the built environment.

Episode 5 // Talking construction with Ashley Perry of JLL

In this episode we’re speaking to Ashley Perry, a Canadian calling London home as he works at international property services firm JLL ( Jones Lang Lasalle). We’ve got to know Ashley recently through his promotion of, and work within, the more eco-sustainable side of property development. As those of us who live anywhere near construction sites will know, tackling issues such as air and noise pollution is a must, these are some of the things that Ashley is working on promoting to the major developers that he works for at JLL. With a broad view on the future of the construction industry through technological innovations, he’s a great person to teach us all a bit more about what’s actually going on in the big bad world of the real estate development industry.

Episode 4 // Alterative Finance & Housing with Daneal Bassiouni

Second in a two-part episode exploring alternative financing models out there helping make property and urban development more democratic We'll be speaking with Daneal Bassiouni from Common HomeThese guys are up to some very interesting things,  hitting on that triumvirate of a win-win-win in civic lead urban development.

Episode 3 // Alternative Finance with Michael Dean

The first in a two-part episode looking at new financing models for property development. Whilst we can look at a variety of means for creating Conscious Cities, it also has to be funded by someone, somehow. It’s important to understand what innovations are being made in other sectors, in order to understand ideal collaborations and potential cross-market product fits. In this episode we’ll be speaking with Michael Dean, who’s a principal at the firm Avamore Capital.

Episode 2 // Neuroscience with Dr Hugo Spiers

In this episode I get to speak with Dr. Hugo Spiers, a reader in Neuroscience at University College London. Whilst I will typically be speaking with those in the real estate sectors this was a great opportunity to grab some of Dr. Spiers’s time as we were prepping for the Conscious Cities conference that recently took place here in London.