Transforming Cities Season 2 is Live

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April 25, 2019

The second season of the Transforming Cities podcast is now live! Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.

When we released the first season of Transforming Cities, we hoped it would spark new conversation and insight around the urban industry. Little did we know that these conversations would lead to stronger connections and a greater awareness of how the space was evolving at all levels.

At Authentic Form & Function, we're constantly looking to educate ourselves and pull information from the most inspiring minds: from design, to architecture, to development, to planning, to entrepreneurialism, and more. The gamut runs wide for the expertise touching urban projects around the globe.

As 2019 progresses, so too does our Transforming Cities podcast series. While we're already into recording the third season, we wanted to release a fresh batch of meaningful conversations we've been fortunate enough to have.

Similar to the first season, we met with a variety of figures from the urban landscape, covering design for good, eco-friendly development, strategic positioning, startups, architectural photography, and commercial real estate innovation.

Season Two

We're thrilled to release the second installation of the Transforming Cities podcast. See the season two synopses and links to details below:

Episode 7 - Jay Wall - Design and communications for social change and the public good

Jay is the principal and creative director of Toronto-based RallyRally. We were able to speak on his design studio that has found itself dedicated to social change and discuss how he found himself designing for his own clients. We also touch on a moment that forged his purpose, along with the many inclusive themes RallyRally's work focuses on.

Episode 8 - Jonathan Westeinde - A defined “One Planet Living” approach to development

As the founder and CEO of Windmill Developments, we sat down with Jonathan to discuss his background before Windmill became one of Canada’s most well-known green building developers. With a track record rooted in finance, he brings an innovative approach to defining ROI and eco-positive outcomes on development projects.

Episode 9 - Antoinette Marie Johnson - Built-environment growth; and the impact of people

We met with Antoinette to hear what the drive is behind Cohere, a creative agency she leads focused on place-based storytelling. While she often finds herself unifying stakeholders in real estate and F&B projects, she has a unique history in planning and mapping with a twist of urban insight that brings fresh layers to the built-environment conversation.

Episode 10 - Alex Ryden - Curating and development a better way to stage properties

Alex Ryden comes from an agency background, but recently found himself building a new startup called Guest House. On this episode discuss how GH evolved into what it is becoming today: a real estate staging company that's turning homes into retail stores for local makers. Its origin story is something you might not expect, either.

Episode 11 - JC Buck - Sharing and educating with urban architecture photography

Denver based architectural photographer JC Buck didn't start his career as one behind the lens; far from it, in fact. Since his professional evolution, he's found himself most fascinated with public architecture and cutting edge engineering marvels. He discusses his role in the urban space and what sharing and collaboration online has come to mean for his growth.

Episode 12 - Vicki Bartling - How cities are being leveraged today to advance and grow business

Vicki Bartling isn't your typical corporate marketing mind. With an education in architecture and design research, she's found herself focused on marketing innovation in the real estate industry through a lens that might surprise you: how a city functions for business at a core level. We discuss her background, travel, and current interests in CRE innovation.

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