“Every single city is unique – the result of the direct forces that act upon it…they are a physical manifestation of the society that we live in and they represent the best of us.”

What makes a city a good place to live? Is it the buildings? The infrastructure? The history perhaps? In this episode of the Nicole Bremner podcast, I speak with Monika Jaroszonek, co-founder of Ratio.City, about what shapes a city and how data can be used to help develop and transform cities for the better. 

Toronto-based Monika is inherently passionate about cities. Ever since she was a child she was fascinated by the various different factors that make up a city. This fascination evolved into a career in architecture, which then led to her co-founding Ratio.City, a dynamic Proptech company that helps city builders make data-driven decisions for urban transformation. 

Monika explains how technology can be used to build more liveable cities through increased density, affordable housing, well-designed municipalities, and better access to urban information.

“Amazing things really happen in cities, they have always been centres of culture and invention and innovation,” she says. “And they are going to continue to be that because humans are social creatures – we like being around other humans.” 

We also speak about: 

  • The intersection of real estate and technology and how that affects the future of city building.
  • Toronto as one of the ‘new world’ cities at the forefront of urbanisation.
  • The ecological benefits of city living.
  • Current trends in urbanisation and the changing face of our residential communities.
  • The ‘15-minute community’, de-urbanisation and the long-term impact of coronavirus on the built form. 

For updates about Monika Jaroszonek and Ratio.City follow them on Instagram @ratio.city  and Twitter @RatioCity.  

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

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