Pondering Garden Cities – Ep 3

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(Photo Credit: Photo of Letchworth Garden City “Agricultural Belt”.  Photo taken by Sam Clevenger.)

 

This episode deviates slightly from previous Somatic episodes in that it combines a personal journey of contemplation with an exploration of an interesting historical topic to create almost an artistic and audial rendering of a somatic experience.  In this episode, I talk about my PhD research on the history of the international garden city movement, specifically two prominent planned communities that emerged as a result of the movement: Letchworth Garden City in the United Kingdom, and Greenbelt, Maryland in the United States.  Playing recorded soundscapes from my visit to these communities, I reflect on my experience visiting and staying in these communities, talk about the history, and ponder the significance of such planned communities in terms of how they help us rethink the meaning of our bodies in relation to our built environments.  As a result, the episode involves a mixture of approaches in that I both talk about the history of garden city ideals, and ponder my own somatic experience in the communities.  It’s kind of like a personal journey and soundscape that I’m hoping is in some way informative and interesting to you, the listener.

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Somatic in Brief: NASSS 2016 – Ep 2.5

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Photo Credit: Banner image borrowed from nasss.org

In this episode we took a break from our usual format and tried out something new. We are going to try to stay as close as possible to a monthly schedule with our main episode releases, but there are times when we want to be able to go outside of that routine and put out a show that may need to be more timely or that does not quite fit a normal format. Continue reading

The Possibilities of Sharing – Cycle Hire in London – Ep 2

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(Photo Credit: Canadian Pacific London bicycle share program via photopin (license))

Bike share programs, sometimes also referred to as cycle-hire schemes, are becoming an increasingly common place part of transportation infrastructure and programming in cities around the world. In this episode we had a chance to sit down and talk with Transport for London’s (TFL) Duncan Robertson to understand what this specifically looks like with in London. Specifically we were interested in connecting the function of the scheme with the political intent of former mayor Boris Johnson, and what this might mean for the future of the program.

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Olympics Special – From Rio to the future of the games – Ep 1

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(Photo credit: marktmcn Olympic dream via photopin (license))

The Olympics is one of the biggest sporting events in the world that connects to a wide array of global and local political, economic, social, cultural, and technological processes. As such it has received a lot of attention, both in the popular media and through academic analysis. In order to cut through this multiplicity of voices and opinions we turned to Dr. Bryan Clift to explore how he views to games in Rio and what it means for the future of the Olympics.

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Riding the city – Pilot Ep

 

Placeholder Image In this episode we explore the experience of riding in the city, a space currently in a process of massive upheaval as people stream back into spaces once hollowed out by deindustrialization and depopulation. This has created massive contradictions, and layers on top of the immediate experiences of riding in urban spaces. All these themes and more are explored through a creative narrative telling.

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