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Vertical City

Lennon Richardson | Marketing Coordinator and VC Ambassador

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Vertical City is building a foundation for a sustainable urban future. We interview the world's top architects, urban designers, engineers, microbiologists, transportation and sustainability experts to discuss different technologies and ideologies in support of further developing the concept of a Vertical City as a potential solution to many of our world's greatest problems. If you enjoyed this podcast, or you would like to learn more about urbanism, sustainability, innovation and large-scal ...
 
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Stephen Turner is the President of Stephen Turner Inc., a building commissioning company based in Providence, Rhode Island. With over 35 years of experience in the field, he brings us insights from the inception of building commissioning as a practice right up to the front lines of the industry today. In this interview, we discuss the basics of bui…
 
Lei Yi’an is a professor at Peking University in Beijing and the author of Next Revolution. In this new book, he argues that humanity’s next step is to build 3D cities — a concept very similar to our vertical city model. In this interview, we discuss why dedicated human habitats are important, the similarities and differences between Yi’an’s 3D cit…
 
Richard Potestio is a Portland Oregon-based architect and the founding principal of Potestio Studio. In his work, Rick advocates for dense, mixed-use development centered around commons. In this interview, we discuss Portland’s strategies for addressing its housing crisis, the obsolescence of current zoning practices, and Rick’s ideas for how to ta…
 
Kierán Suckling is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit membership organization with over one million members and supporters. The Center is known for their no nonsense approach to protecting endangered species through science, law and creative media. In this interview, Kierán discusses the strategie…
 
Gilbert Van Kerckhove has lived and worked in Beijing for over 30 years. An electrical engineer by trade, Gilbert has worked closely with the Chinese government on a wide range of projects including power plants, urban metro lines, and telecommunication systems. He was also deeply involved in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In this interview, we discuss…
 
Sonja Trauss is the head of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation (SFBARF), which promotes the development of market rate housing and looks to find ways to combat San Francisco’s housing crisis. In this interview, we chat about local zoning laws and their effect on the crisis, why density is important, and what inclusionary housing means. …
 
After retiring early from Microsoft and traveling the world, Narendra Varma became interested in permaculture design and biodynamic agriculture. He moved to Portland Oregon in 2010 and purchased a fifty acre farm in order to found OurTable. OurTable produces local food from the community by blending science and wisdom form the past. In this episode…
 
In this episode, Lennon chats with three members of thearchitecture firm Gluck+, a firm that specializes in architect leddesign build. We talk about the meaning and advantages of thedesign build process, the history of architecture and construction,and how vertical cities might benefit from the design buildprocess. Our guests are Peter Gluck, Thoma…
 
Hong Gang is the Chairman of Greatview Packing, and an advocate for building a vertical city in China. In this episode, we talk about how politics shapes urban forms, the advantages and efficiencies of vertical cities, and why density is a good thing. Lynn King joins us as co-host for this episode. Read full show notes and more at verticalcity.org/…
 
Lynn King lives in Shanghai where this interview takes place. In Shanghai, Lynn is helping to spark an ecologically-sourced local food movement. In this interview, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of local food and how they might play into the creation of vertical cities, and how we might promote thriving cultures within a vertical city.…
 
Brad Nemeth is the Vice President of Sustainability for Thyssenkrup Americas, a company that develops many technologies including elevator materials and technology. With a core background in engineering, technology, and sustainability, he is on the podcast today to chat about MULTI, the breakthrough elevator system that Thyssenkrup has developed. T…
 
Kellogg Wong grew up in segregated Mississippi, served as a commander in the military, and then worked for many years as an architect with the renowned I. M. Pei. He partnered with Ken King to create the Vertical City book and project, and in this episode he discusses the changing field of architecture and how vertical cities would function. He arg…
 
Craig Leon is the Founder of Future History Films, the production company that created the Vertical City film. In this interview, Craig talks about how and why they made the film, what he learned about sustainability while making it, and the future for the film. Lennon and Craig also discuss the key elements that should be included in a Vertical Ci…
 
Ned Daugherty is the Founder and CEO of H2O Futures, an environmental consulting firm that designs and develops biomimicry focused water systems. He has lived and worked all over the world, and joins us today on the podcast to talk about different ways to create fresh water and salt water systems, how a salt water farm works, and the future of wate…
 
Mark Lakeman is the cofounder of the City Repair project and the Village Building Convergence, both place-making organizations based in Portland, Oregon. In this interview, we discuss what place-making is and why it is important, how it relates to vertical cities, the Roman Grid vs geomorphic city design, and much more. Read full show notes and mor…
 
Rhonda Phillips is the Dean of the Honors College at Purdue University. She studies the professional and educational trends toward more interdisciplinary natures, and how strong communities are formed. In this episode, we discuss how communities are built and strengthened and how community might be built in the first vertical city. Read full show n…
 
Scott Ceasar is our guest on the podcast this week. He is a founding member of the LEED building certification, and Senior VP and Director of Sustainable Design for Cosentini Associates. He sits down with Lennon Richardson to discuss the ever-evolving definition of sustainability, net zero and passive house concepts, LEED certification, and the pro…
 
Tjerk Reijenga has been a proponent of sustainable living for over 30 years. He is a Dutch architect and designer who has lived and worked in China for many years, and he joins us on the podcast today to discuss the differences between practicing architecture in the West and in China. He also talks about the sustainability movement in China, how th…
 
In this episode, Lennon Richardson chats with professor and writer Lloyd Alter about why people need to market the environmental and sustainability movements in a new and different way. They chat about why transportation and our dependence on the car is one of the biggest problems facing North America today, and how vertical cities would help with …
 
Mark, Perry and Michelle of the Tiny House podcast sit down with Lennon to discuss the similarities between the Tiny House Movement and the Vertical City concept. Surprisingly, there are many. From environmental design concepts to affordable housing, both movements have something to learn from the other. Read full show notes and more at verticalcit…
 
Founder and President of Preserva Sao Paulo Association, Jorge Eduardo Rubies focuses on protecting historic buildings through public organization and litigation. He is also a leader in the sustainability movement, where he advocates for the creation of a more functional urban environment. In this episode, we discuss the state of Brazil’s cities in…
 
Bruno Padovano was born in Italy and studied in the US and Europe before become a professor at the University of Sao Paulo. He is a champion for increasing society’s impact on development and sustainability in the urban centers of Brazil. Today on the podcast he discusses his recent project designed to house the homeless population of Sao Paolo. Al…
 
Dennis Poon has nearly 40 years of engineering experience, and has worked on many of the most iconic superstructures around the world. He is involved in 8 of the 20 tallest structures in the world that will be completed by 2020. Today on the podcast Dennis joins us to talk about the tall multifunction buildings that have been completed to date, and…
 
Richard Register is one of the world’s greatest theorists in ecological city design and planning. He’s the author of several books and in this episode he sits down with Lennon Richardson to discuss what an Eco City is, why they will help many of our planet’s current problems, and what the future of Eco Cities holds. Read full show notes and more at…
 
Daniel Safarik is the Asian Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the world’s foremost authority on tall buildings. He chats with Lennon about tall buildings in China today, why China might be the perfect location to experiment with vertical cities, and how vertical cities would be implemented in the real world. Read …
 
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