Episode 12: An Exploration of Black Excellence in Future Geographers and Planners at the University of Toronto (Feat. GGAPSS)

February 27, 2022

This special episode of Urban Limitrophe is brought to you in collaboration with the Graduate Geography & Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) in celebration of Black History/Black Futures Month! In this episode, I speak with Roxana Escobar Ñañez (PhD Human Geography), Brianna Lane (MSc Physical Geography), Priscilla Ankomah-Hackman (MSc Planning), Jane O'Brien Davis (MSc Planning), and Bola Oshinusi (PhD Planning) to explore why they got interested in geography and planning, and their advice for other aspiring geographers and planners looking to study in this field.

In this episode, you'll learn about each guests':

  • research interests and upcoming projects,
  • reasons for studying at the University of Toronto,
  • hopes for having more diversity in their respective field,
  • advice for other emerging geographers and planners,
  • and much more!


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Episode 11: How the Black Planning Project is Diversifying Urban Planning One Story at a Time

February 20, 2022

Episode 11:  How the Black Planning Project is Diversifying Urban Planning One Story at a Time | Urban Limitrophe Podcast | #urbanplanning #blackplanningproject #diversity

In this episode, I speak with Abigail Moriah, a registered urban planner and founder of the Black Planning Project. Through this initiative, Abigail and her team, collect and share the stories of Black urban planning professionals and students to highlight their important work and encourage more diverse voices to enter the profession. Most importantly, through its various mentorship opportunities and research endeavours, the Black Planning Project builds the relationships and the community ties necessary to make sure that urban planning and hopefully the city building sector overall makes room for new perspectives and ideas.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • why it is essential to encourage spaces where urban planners can discuss racial injustices in planning,
  • about some of the experiences and injustices that Black planners face in their profession,
  • about resources and advice for emerging urban planners of colour to help them navigate the field,
  • the importance of including diverse voices in the urban planning profession,
  • and much more!


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Episode 10: How BuildX Studio is Creating Dignified Circular Affordable Housing Across Kenya

February 13, 2022

Episode 10: How BuildX Studio is Creating Dignified Circular Affordable Across Kenya | Urban Limitrophe Podcast | #DignifiedHousing #DignifiedAffordableHousing #CircularHousing #Nairobi #Podcast

In this episode, I speak with Carolina Larrazábal, the co-founder and design director at BuildX Studio. BuildX Studio is an innovative award-winning architectural studio based in Nairobi, which is the first architecture, engineering or construction company in Africa to become B Corp™ certified. The team at BuildX Studio is on a mission to build radically better buildings. In our conversation, Carolina explains how her team is building dignified circular affordable housing in Kenya and how through their partnerships (i.e. with their sister branch BuildHer) and design process, their work embeds equity, diversity and sustainability in every stage of the development process.

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • what is dignified affordable housing and what considerations go into creating it,
  • Mass timber/Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and why BuildX thinks that it is the future of building materials in this region and beyond,
  • BuildX's Circular Cooperative Affordable Housing Project,
  • BuildX's efforts to build 10,000 affordable homes by 2030,
  • how BuildX hopes that their affordable homes will provide a pathway to homeownership for low-income sectors of the population,
  • and much more!


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