Connected Places Podcast


Connected Places is a podcast about the future of our towns, cities and transport systems. In each episode Greg speaks to thought leaders, senior industry figures, innovators and businesses from around the world about the new technologies that are shaping the places of tomorrow. 


6th August 2020

Across 6 episodes we’ll be looking into the future of planning, housing, real estate, mobility, town centres and innovation economies. We’ll be asking businesses and innovators how...

Episode 1 - “What now for the future of planning?

19th August 2020

How do we plan the places of tomorrow? Where is the digitisation of the planning system taking us? What skills will the planner of the future need? And how is COVID-19...

Episode 2 - “What now for the innovation economy and places?"

27th August 2020

How does innovation happen in places? What does it mean for a place to be an innovation location? And how important... 

Episode 3 - "What now for public transport?"

3rd September 2020

As we gradually start getting back onto trains, buses, trams and tubes how will we get safely from A to B? What does the COVID-19...

Episode 4: "What now for cities and city centres?"

10th September 2020

Some profound changes are happening in our city centres, and the pandemic is certainly playing a big part. Activity and footfall in our shops, restaurants, and central business districts have plummeted in recent months. Yet, some of these changes have been rumbling away for years...

Episode 5: "What now for Housing And Wellbeing?"

17th September 2020

If there’s one place we’ve all been spending a lot more time in during lockdown, it’s our homes. As we’ve been spending more time in our homes, many of us have been thinking about them more too, and whether the places where we live are adding or subtracting to the quality of our lives.

Episode 6: "What now for Real Estate?"

1st October 2020

The pandemic has had a huge impact on our built environment, but so too has the economic fallout. Any economic recovery, whenever or however it may come, is going to rely on our ability to create physical environments where we feel safe, as well as new business models that take account of our new reality.

Episode 7: 2020, A Year in Review

17th December 2020

What a year 2020 has been! On so many levels we’ve all had to pause, reflect, pivot, reimagine and rethink almost everything we do.

Episode 8 – In conversation with Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner

5th January 2021

We’ll be exploring where the opportunities lie for innovation in how we imagine, design and operate the transport systems of tomorrow? What’s the role of a public transport authority in managing the post-COVID economic recovery? What now for urban mobility in London and how can other UK cities learn from overseas? 

Episode 9 – Health is made at home, a conversation with Lord Nigel Crisp

4th February 2021

In this episode Professor Greg Clark speaks to Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS and an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords. We’ll be exploring the question of living a healthy life, not just in terms of avoiding sickness and disease, but creating health where...

Episode 10 - A conversation with Professor Lynda Gratton

18th February 2021

In this episode Prof. Greg Clark speaks to Prof. Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practise at the London Business School (LBS) and best-selling author. We’ll be exploring what we need to do now if we are to live to 100. What do businesses, policy makers and place leaders need to be thinking about now as we prepare for the age of longevity? 

Episode 11 - Where next for urban mobility? 

25th February 2021

In this episode Prof. Greg Clark meets Daniel Deparis, Head of Urban Mobility Solutions at Mercedes-Benz. As our towns and cities become more connected, so too are the ways in which we get around them. In this episode we explore how urban mobility is changing. How will connected vehicles shape the connected places of the future? What will they need...

Episode 12 - What can the past tell us about a Net Zero Future?

4th March 2021

In this episode we ask what we can we learn from past experience to help our transition to net-zero? How can we make sure that the massive and ambitious change ahead is one that promotes individual and societal wellbeing? How can we use our understanding of what went before us to our advantage in what’s yet to come?

Episode 13 - Mental Health, Wellbeing and Working from Home

11th March 2021

In this episode we ask how place leaders and city planners can help create homes, high streets, public spaces and urban infrastructure which enable human flourishing. We hear from three experts in mental health, human-centred design and the built environment about how the places and spaces we live and work in affect our wellbeing – and the opportunities for innovators to create environments that encourage...

Episode 14 - Building Back Better, Faster and Greener 

18th March 2021

In this episode Prof. Greg Clark meets Amanda Clack, Executive Director at CBRE, one of the largest commercial real estate services companies in the world. The pandemic and its economic fallout have had a huge impact on the built environment sector. Yet if the UK is going to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it needs to urgently...