Future Cities

Future Cities

sustainability.asu.edu/urbanresilience
Future Cities is a monthly podcast that aims to increase awareness of, and to catalyze action on, urban resilience. The show examines this topic by discussing ongoing research, highlighting current efforts, and sharing stories of resilience in cities a…


The Many Names of Urban Nature
Aug 1 • 46 min
There are many names to describe urban nature. Listen to learn about two new(er) terms and perspectives: urban ecological infrastructure and “heritage” infrastructure.
No Such Thing as a Vacant Lot
Jul 1 • 44 min
We talk with Dr. Elsa Anderson (@ElsaAnderson16 on Twitter, @elsaa1016 on IG) about plant diversity in cities, and the human actions that shape it.
Biomimicry and Infrastructure Resilience
Jun 1 • 38 min
Learn how biomimicry can be used to produce more resilient infrastructure designs.
Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
May 1 • 54 min
Learn how COVID-19 has affected the people and infrastructure in our cities and how we can transform to be better prepared for extremes like this in the future.
Current Events Minisode: Trees to Help Cities Breathe
Apr 21 • 16 min
In this minisode Tessa Martinez and PhD student Stephen Elser discuss current events revolving around habitat fragmentation and trees.
Trees to Help Cities Breathe
Apr 6 • 36 min
How can trees improve our health and how we can we improve theirs? Listen to this episode to find out!
Current Events Minisode: Urban Ecology
Mar 19 • 16 min
In this minisode Tessa Martinez and PhD candidate, Stephen Elser, discuss current events revolving around urban ecology, including the current COVID-19 pandemic and how green spaces can help fight depression.
Urban Ecology to Improve Our Cities
Mar 4 • 36 min
In this episode, we explore the field of urban ecology and the challenges of doing social-ecological research. Stephen Elser (@stephen_elser) interviews Dr. Dan Childers, a professor at Arizona State University and director of the Central…
Current Events Minisode: Urban Agriculture
Feb 19 • 18 min
As their first topic, Tessa Martinez and Jason Sauer discuss Arizona’s goal of getting rid of their 43 food deserts. They then talk about the local Phoenix business, Agriscaping, and how they are making a difference in Arizona’s urban agriculture!Check…
Greening Phoenix Through Urban Agriculture
Feb 6 • 49 min
Dr. Nazli Urudere Aragon and PhD student Michelle Stuhlmacher make the case for farming in the middle of, and on the sides of buildings in, a desert city.
Current Events Minisode: Infrastructure and Climate Change
Jan 20 • 9 min
In this minisode Tessa Martinez and graduate student Alysha Helmrich discuss current events revolving around infrastructure and climate change.
Infrastructure and Climate Change
Jan 1 • 35 min
Climate change introduces a number of deep uncertainties infrastructure managers must consider during design.
Digging Our Own (Climate) Graves: Understanding Barriers to Green Infrastructure Development
Dec 2, 2019 • 33 min
Green infrastructure can solve many problems in cities today, especially mitigating the devastating effects of climate change, so why aren’t humans building more of it? and how can we change that trend?
Solid Waste Buildup and Threats to Flood Resilience
Nov 1, 2019 • 51 min
Dr. Erin Rivers from NCSU talks about green drainage infrastructure and solid waste, and alternate framings of who is responsible for trash in cities.
Air Quality and Microbes in Philadelphia
Oct 1, 2019 • 46 min
Microbes are everywhere – even in the air! Learn about atmospheric microbes and some of the air quality challenges facing the city of Philadelphia.
Hurricanes, and Wetlands, and Nutrients – Oh My!
Sep 7, 2019 • 40 min
Learn about hurricane readiness and how wetlands are valuable infrastructure features in cities across the world!
Resilience to Floods and Heat in Hermosillo, Mexico
Aug 6, 2019 • 48 min
Learn about the challenges of flooding and heat in Hermosillo, Mexico and the creative ways that locals deal with such events.
SETS Infrastructure
May 4, 2019 • 38 min
We talk about how infrastructure can make cities and people vulnerable to disaster, and how considering social and ecological dimensions of infrastructure can help us anticipate these new vulnerabilities.
Resilient Hospitals
Apr 1, 2019 • 41 min
What happens to hospitals during an extreme event? Listen to experts from CannonDesign describe how they design hospitals to stay opertaional during disturbances.
Adapting Phoenix to Extreme Heat
Mar 2, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, the Chief Sustainability Officer at City of Phoenix and ASU researchers talk about the importance of researcher-practitioner collaboration and community engagement for getting this desert city ready for extreme heat.
Heat and Thermal Comfort
Feb 1, 2019 • 26 min
What factors influence your thermal comfort and your ability to cope with heat? PhD student, Yuliya Dzyuban, shares the answers to those questions and how we can use that knowledge to improve the design of bus stops.
Safe to Fail Adaptation
Dec 1, 2018 • 36 min
When is it safe for infrastructure to “fail”? More frequently than you might think! Listen now to learn why.
Resilience for Undocumented Community Members
Nov 3, 2018 • 37 min
Undocumented immigrants represent one the populations most vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change—why is this the case and how can we bring about change?
Resilience in Infrastructure
Oct 1, 2018 • 38 min
What does resilience mean for engineers when designing infrastructure? Dr. Dan Eisenberg shares how these ideas have evolved over time and the importance of considering the interactions between humans and built infrastructure.
Flash Flooding in Baltimore
Sep 4, 2018 • 36 min
What happens when a flash flood occurs within a city? Learn more about the Memorial Day Weekend floods in Baltimore and why cities need to enhance their resilience to extreme rain events.
Green Stormwater Management in Three U.S. Cities
Jul 1, 2018 • 41 min
A discussion about and comparison of the history of green stormwater infrastructure in Baltimore, Phoenix, and Portland.
Paradigmas Insostenibles en Nuestras Ciudades
Jun 20, 2018 • 23 min
El futuro de nuestras ciudades; Comprometido por paradigmas urbanos y practicas actuales de desarrollo.
Eventos Extremos
Jun 1, 2018 • 25 min
Discutimos qué son los eventos extremos, por qué es importante estudiarlos y estrategias para hacer que las ciudades sean más resilientes para ellos.
Defining Resilience
May 1, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, we talk to experts from social, ecological, and technological sciences about what resilience means to them.
Poems for Resilient and Equitable Cities
Apr 6, 2018 • 42 min
Can poetry help transform cities to be more resilient, equitable, and diverse? Listen to four poets from Phoenix, Arizona share their poems and insights to find out!
Humedales como Infraestructura Verde en Valdivia, Chile
Mar 1, 2018 • 46 min
Hablamos sobre infraestructura verde—qué lo es, qué lo hace, y por qué las ciudades lo incorporan cada vez más al diseño urbano—con un líder del consorcio de sostenibilidad urbana, Cristóbal Lamarca (Activa Valdivia), y un director del centro de…
Wetlands as Green Infrastructure in Valdivia, Chile
Mar 1, 2018 • 35 min
We talk about green infrastructure—what it is, what it does, and why cities are increasingly incorporating it into urban design—with an urban sustainability consortium leader, Cristóbal Lamarca (Activa Valdivia), and a wetlands research center director,…
Climate Risk and Resilience: Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Season
Feb 1, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, UREx researchers discuss the meaning of extreme weather events, a new normal of hurricane risk, and how to rebuild our coastal cities for the climate of the future given the possibility of more intense record-setting hurricanes like…
Green Gentrification
Jan 1, 2018 • 46 min
Jason Sauer and Marissa Matsler talk with Nathan McClintock about green gentrification in the context of urban agriculture.
Taller de Escenarios en Hermosillo, México
Dec 20, 2017 • 40 min
Scenarios workshop outline from the Urban Resilience to Extreme Events, Sustainability Research Network, ASU. Características y productos de los talleres de escenarios en UREx SRN.
Financing Urban Resilience
Nov 1, 2017 • 22 min
Urban resilience projects are all well and good, but how do we actually implement them? This episode focuses on the financial aspects of getting projects off the ground and different financing options for cities to consider. Joyce Coffee leads the…
Innovation and Social Equity
Oct 1, 2017 • 35 min
What does social equity look like in a resilient city? In this episode, graduate students and postdocs reflect on the relationship between ‘green’ projects and processes of displacement and gentrification. In particular, we talk about our own roles in…
Welcome to the Future Cities Podcast!
Sep 15, 2017 • 9 min
The Future Cities Podcast is dedicated to exploring the ways that cities are making themselves more resilient to extreme weather events. In this episode, our hosts, Stephen Elser, Jason Sauer, and Vivian Verduzco introduce themselves and the work that…