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  • 01:30:24

    Conscious Cities // 9 // Talking Blockchain, Bitcoin & Real Estate with Nick Russell Of PropCoin

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    As regular listeners of the show will know, Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design. More information about events, journals, and publications can be found at the website, www.ccities.org.

    The purpose of this podcast is to go on a journey interviewing professionals in the built environment industry so that we can bring to attention where opportunities lie and what people are really trying to do.

    In this episode I welcome Nick Russell to talk about his experiences in the intersection of technology and real estate and what he’s up to now with his venture PropCoin. Nick and I go back around 5 years when we were, in theory, competition to each other. He was the co-founder of one tech startup, and I an early team member at mine. I must point out for clarity that Nick refers to me as a founder/starter of my former employer, the online marketplace appearhere.co.uk but technically I am not, although I gladly take home the title of Employee #1 after the sole founder, Ross. In recent years we’ve got back in touch as we were both coming out of the post 2008 proptech world, seeing the landscape change a bit, and in some cases not change at all. We’ve had many an evening debating the futility of it all, alongside wide eyed enthusiasm for what’s coming next. It’s always a pleasure to sit with Nick as he looks far and wide beyond his own business to dig deep into what’s going on laterally around his, or anyone else’s, business ideas and look for opportunity. It’s a long one this pod as we cover a whole host of issues from blockchain, to proptech, to traditional property, to urban planning, to the retail markets and home ownership, we even step into the mirky waters of ethics and freedom of speech briefly.

  • 01:05:22

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 8 // Talking AI & Machine Ethics with Ben Byford

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    Welcome to episode 8 of the Conscious Cities podcast.

    As regular listeners of the show will know, Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design. More information about events, journals, and publications can be found at the website, www.ccities.org.

    The purpose of this podcast is to go on a journey interviewing professionals in the built environment industry so that we can bring to attention where opportunities lie and what people are really trying to do. This episode I’ve done a slightly different format to the usual tone. In the quest to learn a little more about the state of artificial intelligence I’ve teamed up with Ben Byford, a technologist that runs the Machine Ethics podcast series. In this episode we interview each other. Ben's a friend of Conscious Cities due to his thirst for knowledge in asking deeper questions about the role of AI in our lives.

    Amongst many things Ben’s career has focused on applying his theories to games designing, education for companies like Decoded where he is a Facilitator and Teacher, as well as a venture called Eulogy that was focused on connected academic studies to industry better - something we can whole heartedly get behind at Conscious Cities.

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  • 00:50:46

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 7 // Talking Policy & Urbanism with Patricia Brown Of Central

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    This episode I’m delighted to have Patricia Brown on the pod. Patricia’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.

    Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design. More information about events, journals, and publications can be found at the website, www.ccities.org.

  • 00:37:50

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 6 // Talking Tech & SmartCities With Savannah De Savary Of Built - ID

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    For episode 6 of the Conscious Cities podcast 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.

    For those of you that are new to the show, the purpose of this podcast is to go on a journey interviewing professionals in the built environment industry so that we can bring to attention where opportunities lie and what people are really trying to do.

    Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design. More information about events, journals, and publications can be found at the website, www.ccities.org.

  • 00:32:24

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 5 // Talking construction with Ashley Perry of JLL

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    Welcome to the Conscious Cities podcast.

    For those of you that are new to the show, Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design.

    This podcast series runs in tandem to the conference series and the journals, with more information on them being found on the website, www.ccities.org, which hosts an array essays collected via an open-call format by people around the world in how we push the built environment industry forward in the face of the complexities urbanisation is bringing.

    This podcast is going to focus on the built environment industry in London. Right now London is at an interesting crossroads, a city who’s designs began a millennia ago is contriving to become a mega-city in the 21st Century. With that comes some teething troubles.

    In a 1-1 interview series, We’ll be speaking with interesting and progressive people working deep in the real estate and built environment industries working on the helping create the cities of tomorrow. The purpose of this podcast is to bring awareness to the realities of the industry and to identify holes in macro plans and great opportunities ahead that can be seized.

    In this episode we're speaking with Ashley Perry, a Canadian calling London home as he works at international property services firm JLL, or 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, reducing not only air pollution but also issues such as noise pollution is a must, these are some of the things that Ashley’s 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 have on the podcast to teach us all a little bit more about what’s actually going on in the big bad world of the real estate development industry.

    Enjoy the show!

  • 00:40:38

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 4 // Alt Finance & Housing with Daneal Bassiouni

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    Welcome to the Conscious Cities podcast.

    For those of you that are new to the show and the movement it works with, Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design.

    This podcast series runs in tandem to the conference series and the journals. The conference is arranged annually in London, UK, in which we host leading international figures detailing how their advances in their respective subjects of technology, neuroscience and architecture & design are leading to a more human centric and more consciously designed city. The journal series featured on the website www.ccities.org, which hosts an array essays collected via an open-call format by people around the world in how we push the built environment industry forward in the face of the complexities urbanisation is bringing.

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

    In this second episode as part of exploring what are the alternative financing models out there helping make property and urban development more democratic I’m going to be speaking with Daneal Bassiouni from Common Home (https://www.custombuild.co/). These guys are up to some very interesting things where I feel they’re hitting on that triumvirate of a win-win-win in civic lead urban development. So without any further a due I’m delighted to welcome Daneal to the pod!

  • 00:47:43

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 3 // Alternative Finance with Michael Dean (part 1)

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    Welcome to the Conscious Cities podcast.

    For those of you that are new to the show and the movement it works with, Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design.

    This podcast series runs in tandem to the conference series and the journals. The conference is arranged annually in London, UK, in which we host leading international figures detailing how their advances in their respective subjects of technology, neuroscience and architecture & design are leading to a more human centric and more consciously designed city. The journal series featured on the website, www.ccities.org, which hosts an array essays collected via an open-call format by people around the world in how we push the built environment industry forward in the face of the complexities urbanisation is bringing.

    This podcast is going to focus on the built environment industry here in London. Right now London is at an interesting crossroads, a city designed millennia ago is contriving to become a mega-city. With that comes some teething troubles. In a 1-1 interview series, I’ll be speaking with interesting people working deep in the real estate and built environment industries working on the edges of city of tomorrow. We’ll try to identify holes in macro plans and great opportunities ahead that can be seized.

    Now, I’ve gone a bit corporate on us here and this is the first in a two-part episode looking at new financing models for property development. Whilst we can look at a variety of means and virtuous ideas 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 I’m going to be speaking with Michael Dean, who’s a principal at the firm Avamore Capital. I’ve known Michael for a while now and I’ve always enjoyed speaking with him as he looks at his industry with quite a rounded view. Whilst working for corporate firms he’s also an avid fan of what technology is bringing to his industry, mostly by the way of proptech and fintech.

    Michael, welcome to the Conscious Cities podcast.

  • 00:36:39

    Conscious Cities // 2 // Neuroscience with Dr. Hugo Spiers

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    Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design.

    This podcast series runs in tandem to the conference series and the journals. The conference is arranged annually in London, UK, in which we host leading international figures detailing how their advances in their respective subjects of technology, neuroscience and architecture & design are leading to a more human centric and consciously designed city. The journal series featured on the website www.ccities.org, which hosts an array essays collected via an open-call format by people around the world in how we push the built environment industry forward in the face of the complexities urbanisation is bringing.

    This podcast is going to focus on the built environment industry here in London. Right now London is at an interesting crossroads, a city designed millennia ago is contriving to become a mega-city. With that comes some teething troubles. In a 1-1 interview series, I’ll be speaking with interesting people working deep in the real estate and built environment industries working on the edges of city of tomorrow. We’ll try to identify holes in macro plans and great opportunities ahead that can be seized.

    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.

  • 00:45:21

    Conscious Cities Podcast // 1 // PropTech with James Dearsley

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    Welcome to the Conscious Cities podcast.

    Conscious Cities is a movement around the concept of built environments that are aware and responsive to our needs through data analysis, artificial intelligence, and the application of cognitive sciences in design.

    This podcast series runs in tandem to the conference series and the journals. The conference is arranged annually in London, UK, in which we host leading international figures detailing how their advances in their respective subjects of technology, neuroscience and architecture & design are leading to a more human centric and consciously designed city. The journal series featured on the website www.ccities.org, which hosts an array essays collected via an open-call format by people around the world in how we push the built environment industry forward in the face of the complexities urbanisation is bringing.

    This podcast is going to focus on the built environment industry here in London. Right now London is at an interesting crossroads, a city designed millennia ago is contriving to become a mega-city. With that comes some teething troubles. In a 1-1 interview series, I’ll be speaking with interesting people working deep in the real estate and built environment industries working on the edges of city of tomorrow. We’ll try to identify holes in macro plans and great opportunities ahead that can be seized.

    In this first episode I’m going to be speaking with James Dearsley of the Digital Marketing Bureau on the topic of PropTech. For those of you un-familiar with the popular twitter hashtag PropTech is the intersection of technology and the real estate industry, first arriving as a popular term around 2012/2013 it is spawning a whole host of businesses, some with a hope of disrupting and others just seeing how something can be improved.