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Episode 1: Do cities have DNA?

We begin this series with a simple question “Do cities have DNA?” We ask an expert panel of urban planners, economists and architects what The DNA of Cities means from their personal and disciplinary viewpoints. We also hear from an epigeneticist who helps us understand more about the science behind our endeavour to decode urban identity. Listen below or subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Listen to the debate here:


We wish to thank Prof Edgar Pieterse, Prof Michael Batty, Dr Jaana Remes, Dr Karissa Sanbomatsu, Abha Joshi Ghani and Prof Ricky Burdett for sharing their insights with us in this episode. If you'd like to find out more, you can read our full interviews with them by clicking below:

Prof Edgar Pieterse

African Centre for Cities
University of Cape Town

Abha Joshi-Ghani

The World Bank

Prof Michael Batty

The Bartlett School of Planning
University College London

Dr Jaana Remes

McKinsey Global Institute

Prof Ricky Burdett CBE

LSE Cities
London School of Economics

Dr Karissa Sanbonmatsu

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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