It’s very easy to fall into the trap of seeing cities as physical things – a matter of streets and buildings and transport infrastructure. But they’re about more than that: they’re also about the people inside them, and the things that they create.
So this week, we’ve decided to get cultured. We talk to Shain Shapiro, director of the consultancy Sound Diplomacy, and founder of the Music Cities Convention. He tells us what makes a music city, and why live performance matters to city life.
That’s “sound”. For “vision”, we talk to festival producer and arts professional Sara Doctors, about how the people who re-built Britain’s towns after the Second World War wanted to put public art at the heart of every community – and why it never quite came off. The segment includes discussion of “Madonna’s Tits”, the local name for a pair of Thomas Heatherwicks you can find in the unlikely location of a roundabout in Barking.
In our new “your city” segment we hear from Canadian listener Victoria, who tells us what she loves about Toronto, and what she’s rather less keen on. Last but not least, our map of the week is Katie Kowalsky’s pop art map of the world on which Barbara and I have, shall we say, differing views.
Skylines is the podcast from CityMetric, the New Statesman cities site. It's presented by Jonn Elledge and Barbara Speed, and is a Roifield Brown production.