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Exploring the ideas, people and projects building the foundations for a green future.
23 Mar 2021
Urban Agroecology with Laney Siegner
What can Cuba teach us about local food systems? What do WW2 and Climate Change have in common? Urban Agroecology expert Laney Siegner explains how urban farming can promote food justice, build resilient communities and support local biodiversity, encouraging us all to take a more active hand in how the food we eat ends up on our tables.
10 Feb 2021
The Ecological Perspective of Miyazaki Films
Animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki has produced timeless masterpieces at Studio Ghibli, featuring gorgeous fantastical worlds and complex characters. We discuss three of these films which have a particular focus on the relationship between human civilization and the environment. In Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, an agrarian society on the border of a toxic jungle is invaded by a violent industrial civilization bent on destroying the jungle. In Princess Mononoke, a young woman defends a magical forest from the encroachment of Iron Town's clear-cutting and mining. And then in Laputa / Castle in the Sky a floating city provides an example of a harmonious technologically-augmented nature - but is it a utopia or a cautionary tale? Host Charlie Boyd is joined by designers Aurora Li and Shankar Saanthakumar (studiowavy.com) to explore these worlds and the lessons embedded within.
21 Dec 2020
Designing for the Microbiome with Jake Robinson
Tiny organisms all around and inside us are influencing who we love, how we think, what we eat and much more. We get to the bottom of how and why with ecologist Jake Robinson (@_jake_robinson), and explore how we can work in harmony with them to design healthier cities. This episode written and Produced by Charles Boyd and Timothée Ryan. Charlie is developing materials that can host life in the built environment. Timothée is working towards ecological architectures with carbon-negative and microbially-active materials.