UrbanTalk Podcast

UrbanTalk Podcast

Join our host Belinda Barnett as we explore what makes our cities tick. The UrbanTalk Podcast aims to spark a thriving, inclusive and progressive dialogue around urban planning, design and development. We‘ll be inviting industry professionals and representatives from the public to discuss issues and areas of concern in an effort to promote a shared understanding of cities and the people living in them.

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June 5, 2024 37 mins

UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress that was held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. This is the final installment of the episode, where we interview delegates live at Congress. We explore what they see as the biggest challenges facing planners, as well as what they enjoyed at Congress. 

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. We’re joined by Elle Davidson, Director of Zion Engagement and Planning and Rechelle Brookes, Policy & Project Officer at the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. We will discuss Planning with Country, PIA’s K...

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. This episode is a follow up from our previous talk about the Foresight Program at the American Planning Association. Today we will be talking about PIA’s own Foresight Report that will debut at the Planning Congress. Our guests are Nicole B...

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. As Chief Foresight and Knowledge Officer, our guest Petra Hurtardo and her Foresight team keeps abreast of the changing trends and forces that can assist planners in remaining ahead of the curve and plan for the future.

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. We're joined by Ross Harding, who's looking to the future and finding new ways to transform our cities with his team at Finding Infinity. Finding Infinity were responsible for “A New Normal”: a $100 billion strategy to transform Melbourne i...

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. This second episode is split into two parts and focuses on the National Planning Awards. In this second part we speak with the 2023 National Young Planner of the Year, Bunfu Yu. Bunfu speaks about her passion for planning, the importance of...

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UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. This second episode is split into two parts and focuses on the National Planning Awards. In this first part we speak with Megan Adair, a National Awards judge and the state awards convenor for Western Australia. She talks about how the awar...

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January 11, 2024 24 mins

UrbanTalk has teamed up with the Planning Institute of Australia to bring you a special series of podcasts centred around the 2024 PIA Congress being held in Melbourne on the 22nd - 24th of May. In this first episode we speak with the CEO of PIA, Matt Collins to hear about his vision for the Institute and what people can expect from the 2024 Planning Congress.

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December 7, 2023 45 mins

In the latest episode of the UrbanTalk Podcast we welcome Karla Castellanos, Director of Urban Design at Audax Urban. Karla has lived and worked in cities all over the world and sits on a number of design excellence panels in NSW. With Karla, we talk about how density is perceived by the public and defined by government, which are often at odds. We also discuss the way planning policy is formulated and examine some of the initiativ...

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The landscape of urban development in Australia often involves a tension between local communities and new development. In this episode of the podcast we’re joined by Andrew Butt, Associate Dean in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University. Andrew specialises in rural and peri-urban planning issues, observing that development related community tension in these areas mirror those in urban areas. He discusses underlying ca...

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August 2, 2023 58 mins

UrbanTalk had the great privilege of speaking with a legend of the urban planning and development world, Dr. Ed Blakely. Ed has decades of experience leading disaster relief, teaching, sitting on panels & committees. As a result, we dive into just about every part of urban planning and outline what a city should be like and how we plan for that future vision. 

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July 6, 2023 33 mins

In this episode of the UrbanTalk Podcast, we’re joined by Mehra Jafari, Director of Policy & Urban Analytics at urban planning consultancy, Mecone. Mehra discusses the current landscape of strategic planning in Sydney, how different entities work together, what is and is not working and how policy could move forward to create better outcomes for the city.

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Acting as a companion to the last episode, we speak with Danielle Mate. Danielle is a First Nations artist working in large-scale mural design and public art. She’s also a cultural ambassador recognised by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Danielle speaks about Country and engagement with First Nations communities. She also speaks about public art and the role it plays in storytelling and bringing p...
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In this episode, the UrbanTalk Podcast welcomes Dean Boone – Director and Founder of landscape architecture firm, distinctive Living Design. Dean speaks with us about the role of the landscape architect and how projects can get the best possible landscape outcome. In addition, he gives a brief introduction to Designing with Country, explaining what it involves and how a developer might begin the process.

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Mixed-Use developments make up many of the new projects that are constructed in our cities, but they aren’t all created equal. When done correctly mixed-use can provide an affordable, sustainable, inclusive and convenient way of living that contributes positively to our cities.

Gary Henighen – Senior Associate at award-winning architecture and design studio, Architectus – joins us to discuss architecture and mixed-use development.

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We're joined by Simon Kuestenmacher, Director of Research and co-founder of The Demographics Group, to discuss some of the findings from the 2021 Census and what they mean for Australia. The data from the census can play a huge role in how we plan our cities and approach development in the future. A demographer like Simon has the ability to see problems years in advance, so how can we respond to challenges like housing, aged care, ...

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March 17, 2022 51 mins

Belinda speaks with Kylie Legge, founder of social research company Place Score to discuss how we measure and think about liveability in our cities. Place Score has done fantastic work in collecting data from communities all over the country to discover what they value, need and want from their neighbourhood. The goal is to use this data to help councils and the private sector create great, people centric places and spaces.

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December 23, 2021 43 mins

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shift in the way we use our cities and interact with our local neighbourhoods. More people are shopping local, working from home and using local amenities as a result of lockdowns.

Our host, Belinda Barnett, speaks with Sonny Embleton, head of urban design at Gyde Consulting, to talk about the implications this will have on city and town planning in the future.

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Hyecorp's Co-Managing Director & Head of Development, Stephen Abolakian joins us to discuss the steps of development and his philosophy and approach to the process.

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September 6, 2021 18 mins

Our host, Belinda Barnett, touches on who she is and what can be expected from UrbanTalk and the podcast series.

UrbanTalk is an online platform that aims to bridge the gap between the development sector and community by sparking a thriving, inclusive and progressive dialogue around development in Australia, that creates great places. Our podcast is educating the public and demystifying everything to do with the development sector.

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