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CityCast: Episode 5, with Dr Joe Ravetz, University of Manchester

We were up in Manchester this month for the fifth episode of CityCast, where we spent the afternoon picking apart the very meaning of what it is to be a ‘smart city’.

Rather than talking about cities of the future as ‘smart’, shouldn’t we be aiming to create something that we can describe as ‘wise’ instead?

Dr Joe Ravetz has been working on this subject for the best part of 20 years, and had plenty to offer when it came to discussing how to first figure out what we really need cities for – and therefore how we can make them work best for the people living, working and playing in them.

Joe is co-director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy at the University of Manchester and has pioneered the art of strategic thinking for sustainable cities and regions.

We also reported from the show floor at Smart IoT London, and Vijay Natarajan of Sparta Digital took on the quick-fire ‘Meet the Partners’ challenge.

You can subscribe, listen and download via iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or stream this episode from the player below.

You can also listen on Mixcloud or download a copy via Soundcloud, depending on your preference.

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April 04, 2017 by in News



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