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Building the cities of tomorrow

This is Shaping Sustainable Places, a new Skanska podcast. We’re here to recognize, encourage and inspire stakeholders in the industry and beyond to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon built environment. In each episode, we’ll be speaking with industry and civic leaders, policymakers and other champions of change to explore innovative solutions to real challenges.


The world’s population recently topped 8 billion people, and more than half of those people live in cities today. This number is set to rise to 60% by 2030. We need our cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable in order to support this growing population. Addressing these issues in the urban environment can be challenging. Developers and city planners have to focus on solutions that can benefit people, communities, the environment and the world. Some cities are doing just that — through concepts like the 15-minute city. 


Today, our host Heather Clancy talks to three industry experts to explore what a sustainable city is, what it takes to design a sustainable city, the steps their respective organizations are taking and the challenges they are facing. 


Our guests give their insights into what makes up a sustainable city and discuss examples of projects on the ground that are bringing ideas to life:


  • Guillaume lists five principles for a sustainable city, sharing what Copenhagen is doing as an example.
  • Mark notes the shift away from city center-centric planning to more mixed and shared-use spaces.
  • Morten gives a definition of a sustainable city and offers a vector to think about design: the daily journey of an individual from waking up to going to bed.


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Today's guests:


    1. Guillaume Charny-Brunet, Co-Founder & Head of Ventures at SPACE10 

    1. Mark Watts, Executive Director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group 

    1. Morten Kjer Jeppesen, Director & Team Lead at Gehl - Making Cities for People