What makes a great city?

March 31, 2023
Hosted by Carie Penabad

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In this episode of ON CITIES, Joel Kotkin provides a wide-ranging survey on the evolution of urban life, addressing the timeless question of what makes a great city? Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer”, Kotkin explores the factors that drive changes in urban form, from the rise of suburbs to the emergence of new urban centers, and how demographic shifts and technological advancements will shape the future of our built environment. The conversation will delve into the challenges facing many cities today including affordable housing, economic inequality, climate change and the role of urban governance in addressing these issues. Tune in to hear Kotkin’s provocative insights that will surely spark new ways of analyzing the world around you. This episode airs Friday, March 31st at 11:00 AM EST, 8:00 AM PST on the Voice America Variety channel.

On Cities

Fridays at 8 AM Pacific on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Did you know that the quality of our daily lives is directly influenced by the design of our built environment? Our homes, our work, the way we move, and where we play are all shaped by the design of our cities. This thought-provoking, new show from architect, urban designer, and educator Carie Penabad, examines the complex forces that shape the making of our physical world. Lively conversations with leading experts in a variety of fields engage some of the greatest challenges facing our cities today including climate change, affordable housing, embedded technologies, infrastructure design, the arts, urban policy, social mobility, and much, much more. Tune in every Friday at 11 AM (EST) 8 AM (PST) so that together we can design a better world.

Carie Penabad

Carie Penabad is an architect, urban designer and educator. A graduate of both the University of Miami School of Architecture and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Penabad is principal of the Miami-based architecture firm of CÚRE & PENABAD The work of the firm is dedicated to creating an architecture of place where the design of buildings and the making of better cities is inextricably linked. The firm has received numerous awards including nearly twenty American Institute of Architects prizes. Most recently, the firm received the prestigious Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York. This international competition recognizes individuals with a distinct design voice and a significant body of realized work. Parallel to her practice, Penabad is engaged in teaching, writing and research. She is currently a Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture; and in 2013 was appointed the Louis I Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. Her publications include Marion Manley: Miami’s First Women Architect (University of Georgia Press, 2010); Call to Order: Sustaining Simplicity in Architecture (ORO Publishers, 2018) and the forthcoming book: Made in Miami/Hecho en Miami (ORO Publishers, 2023).

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