20 Best Urban Planning Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about urban planning ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best urban planning podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Urban Planning Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast

  • Publisher: The Overhead Wire
  • Total Episodes: 427

A review of the week’s top stories at the intersection of sustainable transportation, urban planning, and economic development. Hosted by Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire.

The Urban Planner’s Podcast

  • Publisher: Gigi The Planner
  • Total Episodes: 39

This podcast is for urban planners, urban planning students and those interested in the topic of urban planning. The purpose of this show is to have a candid conversation about the ins and out of urban planning; discuss controversial topics relating to urban planning, and much much more. Gisla Augustin, the Founder/CEO of GiGi The Planner LLC provides content each week related to topics of all things urban planning and otherwise.

Isn’t That Spatial

  • Publisher: Amanda King
  • Total Episodes: 35

Isn’t That Spatial is a podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever. Topics cover urban planning, the geography of dive bars, urban oddities, and other good stuff.

Streets Ahead

  • Publisher: Streets Ahead Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 26

Cities around the world are finally discovering the pitfalls of a car-centric transport system, with the most progressive cities implementing protected cycle lanes, liveable streets and low traffic neighbourhoods for improved cycling and walking. Each episode, we discuss the news and views in the fast-paced world of active travel, cycling, walking and urban planning in a jargon-free safe space.Streets Ahead is co-hosted by Adam Tranter, Laura Laker and Ned Boulting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Ear to the Pavement

  • Publisher: Allison Lirish Dean
  • Total Episodes: 18

Ear to the Pavement is a podcast about radical urban social movements. We feature interviews with people who are thinking, writing, working, and organizing on the front lines of transformative urban planning and policy.

Urban Eyes: Planning in Context

  • Publisher: Walle Brown
  • Total Episodes: 13

Welcome to an urban planning and public health podcast: Hosted by Walle B and Shreya J. We are MURP (Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning) students at Portland State University, and will interview professionals, students and community members about their take on urban planning, public health, contemporary American society and how each intertwine to affect the local socioeconomic environment and community-at-large. Thank you for tuning in. We hope that you enjoy today’s episode of the podcast! You can support Urban Eyes via Venmo donation:@Walle-Brown Cover art designed by Roland Keng.

Urban Design Room

  • Publisher: Urban Design Room
  • Total Episodes: 11

Podcast about cities, planning, and urban design

A Program About Planning

  • Publisher: A Program About Planning
  • Total Episodes: 4

Your favorite podcast dedicated to the world of urban planning. Currently uploading once or twice per month. Sometimes less.

Architecture Off-Centre

  • Publisher: Vaissnavi Shukl
  • Total Episodes: 9

Architecture Off-Centre highlights unconventional design practices and research projects, which reflect various emerging discourses within the design discipline and beyond. Hosted by architect Vaissnavi Shukl, the podcast features engaging conversations with exceptionally creative individuals, who, in their practice, have extrapolated the traditional fields of architecture, planning, landscape and urban design to unexplored frontiers.

California Planning & Development Report

  • Publisher: Calif. Planning & Dev. Report
  • Total Episodes: 15

The podcast version of the California Planning & Development Report (www.cp-dr.com), the leading independent source of news and analysis for the urban planning community in California. Covering policy, housing, transportation, finance, trends and more. Featuring Editor Bill Fulton, Contributing Editor Josh Stephens, and special guests.

Price Talks

  • Publisher: Price Tags Media Society
  • Total Episodes: 61

The podcast inspired by West Coast urbanist blog Price Tags. Former Vancouver politician and director of the SFU City Program lecture series Gordon Price interviews leading players and emerging voices on issues of urban planning, architecture, housing, transportation, politics and public spaces.

Electric Cities

  • Publisher: ULI Toronto
  • Total Episodes: 43

ULI Toronto presents Electric Cities, a podcast about land development and planning across the Toronto region. Hosted by Jeremy Warson, the podcast features conversations with the industry’s most prominent leaders. With Seasons 1-5 now complete and Season 6 underway, there are plenty of interesting topics to choose from, such as trends in the condo, retail and office markets; stories of Toronto’s success as a rapidly emerging global city and discussions on housing affordability, municipal governance and transit oriented development, to name just a few. Season 6 will focus on some of key themes identified in the Retrofitting Our Urban Region report released by the Toronto Region Board of Trade in partnership with ULI Toronto. The report reflects a collaboration of 175 city building professionals that were brought together to think through the social and economic challenges presented by COVID-19 and it includes nearly 80 recommendations for government and business leaders to consider. The Season 6 episodes will dig deeper into topics touched on in the report such as main street retail, arts and culture, and homelessness through conversations with leading urbanists and influential city builders.

Movement by Beryl

  • Publisher: Beryl
  • Total Episodes: 10

A podcast about the magic of people, cities and bikes. Most of us are urban citizens and, over time, we’ll probably call a few cities home. Cities are the place where we choose to live in and are shaped by the people who live in them. With increasing population numbers, urban planning that considers cycling will make life in these places more progressive, inclusive and humanistic. Movement is a new podcast where we talk about life and cycling in cities with the people who live and cycle in them. Because cities with bikes are cities that move forward.

Urban Echo

  • Publisher: Oscar Schrag
  • Total Episodes: 5

Urban Echo aims to address the challenges of sound pollution within cities. Through the mediums of urban planning, architecture, and product design this project explores how we might create more livable cities for a sustainable future and to optimize the quality of life and hearing health for those living within the complex urban environments of today. Ninety percent of New Yorkers are exposed to sounds over the EPA’s safe limit of 90 decibels. This is Estimated to be around four million New Yorkers and when expanded to other major urban areas across the United States account for about 72 million people. The NYPD reports around 1 million sound complaints a year. 37% of these are residential complaints and 37% are uncategorized most likely pedestrian, construction, or traffic noise (see Figure 1). Consistent sounds over 90 decibels degrade the stereocilia (cochlear hair cells) and consistently high decibel sound also results in higher heart rate and blood pressure.


  • Publisher: planning exchange podcast
  • Total Episodes: 77

A podcast devoted to urban planning and the people who make it happen.

Cognitive Urbanism

  • Publisher: Justin B. Hollander
  • Total Episodes: 18

The big ideas of cities, urbanism, technology, and the brain by Justin Hollander, urban planning professor at Tufts University.

Conversations on Urban Health – Dr Yonette Thomas

  • Publisher: Conversations on Urban Health – Dr Yonette Thomas
  • Total Episodes: 6

As cities around the world adapt to rapid urbanization, attention to the health of urban populations is critical. Conversations on Urban Health with Dr. Yonette Thomas is the only podcast focusing exclusively on the broad factors of urban health. We understand the health challenges and opportunities in urban environments are complex. If you are a researcher, educator, policymaker, practitioner, community leader, or urban health advocate, these conversations will resonate with you. Our guests are urban health influencers who come from many sectors including health, epidemiology, geography, sociology, urban planning, architecture, transportation, housing, and environmental health. In this podcast, Dr. Yonette Thomas and Host, Mark Sylvester, talk to these urban health influencers to capture their ideas and continue to advance the knowledge of urban health.

The Next American Built Environment

  • Publisher: Michael Sweeney
  • Total Episodes: 5

The NABE is a show about architecture, urban planning and transportation. [email protected]

Urban Design Group Presentations

  • Publisher: UrbanNous
  • Total Episodes: 681

Insights into urbanism, urban design, architecture, planning, landscape and engineering design.

Market Urbanism Podcast

  • Publisher: Market Urbanism Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 5

Welcome to the Market Urbanism podcast, where we’re liberalizing cities from the bottom-up. A podcast examining urban planning, transportation, and urban economic development from a classical liberal perspective.

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