19 Feb 2015

Every City Needs Hong Kong’s Brilliant Baggage-Check System

In-town baggage service eliminates the hassle of hauling luggage to the airport or around the

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18 Feb 2015

China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo As World’s Largest Megacity

Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over

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18 Feb 2015

6 Principles In Planning City-Level Sensor Projects

In Montreal, bus and subway riders who use the transit system’s OPUS smart fare card

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18 Feb 2015

Wellington In New Zealand Experiments With Parking Sensors

Thousands of sensors are to be installed around Wellington to keep an eye on parking overstayers.

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18 Feb 2015

DataViva, An MIT Media Lab Tool For Visualising Government Data

DataViva, a project developed in part by Media Lab professor César Hidalgo, aims to make

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18 Feb 2015

Jared Diamond: Why Do Societies Collapse?

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter

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17 Feb 2015

Concrete Building Material May Not Be As Concrete As We Think

Climate change may cause reinforced concrete structures to deteriorate quicker than expected, a new study

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17 Feb 2015

What Can UK Learn From Auckland On Metro Mayors And City-regions?

Four lessons from New Zealand on how to devolve power to cities. Last November 2014 Centre

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17 Feb 2015

A Worm’s-Eye View Of Hong Kong’s Skyscrapers

With seven million people squeezed into just 426 sq/mi, Hong Kong is one of the

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17 Feb 2015

World’s Cities Experiencing More Heatwaves

Number of extremely hot days a year has increased in hundreds of cities since the

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17 Feb 2015

James Kunstler: How Bad Architecture Wrecked Cities

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centres of civic life and

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16 Feb 2015

Cars And Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

50 years ago, experts predicted automobiles would drain the life from urban areas. Their predictions

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16 Feb 2015

Cities Might Influence Not Just Our Civilizations, But Our Evolution

Cities reverberate through history as centres of civilisation. Ur. Babylon. Rome. Baghdad. Tenochtitlan. Beijing. Paris.

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16 Feb 2015

“We Have Designed Cities To Make People Ill”

“We are all suffering from the bad design in the world,” Thomas Fisher, an architecture

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16 Feb 2015

How Crowdsourcing And Machine Learning Will Change The Way We Design Cities

Researchers at MIT Media Lab are using crowdsourced data to create an algorithm that determines

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16 Feb 2015

Alastair Parvin: Architecture For The People By The People

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating

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14 Feb 2015

When It Comes To Falling In Love With Cities, Size Matters

Before Joan Didion left New York, she fell in love with it, “the way you

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14 Feb 2015

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Urban planners are finally recognising that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks

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14 Feb 2015

The Subliminal Power Of City Fonts

Decimated by manufacturing losses, some smaller cities are turning for help to an unlikely group

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14 Feb 2015

What Old Transit Maps Can Teach Us About A City’s Future

An analysis of once-rejected, later-constructed routes in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston. Houston, Atlanta, and

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14 Feb 2015

Robert Muggah: How To Protect Fast-Growing Cities From Failing

Worldwide, violence is on the decline, but in the crowded cities of the global south

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13 Feb 2015

Where You Live Affects What You Earn

The part of town where you live—and especially where you grew up—can profoundly affect lifetime

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13 Feb 2015

Weapons, Bribes, And Dictators: Where Architects Draw The Line

Zaha Hadid says it’s not her job to pay attention to how many migrant workers

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13 Feb 2015

Floating Cities In Pictures

As rising sea levels threaten low-lying nations around the world, floating cities are gaining political

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13 Feb 2015

Dealing With Blizzards In Major US Cities

Whether two inches or two feet, snowfall can wreak havoc on a city – as

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13 Feb 2015

Carolyn Steel: How Food Shapes Our Cities

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But

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12 Feb 2015

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

There’s a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture. When news

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12 Feb 2015

Make Your Cities Flood-Resilient With These Ideas

A new exhibition argues that a ‘landscape first’ approach to urban development, via innovative water

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12 Feb 2015

Day-Night Cityscapes In Pictures

US photographer Stephen Wilkes spends 15 hours perched on a rooftop or crane photographing each

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12 Feb 2015

London, Shanghai, And Cities, Wayback Then.

From London to Shanghai, clips of cities from the early days of film can be

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12 Feb 2015

Kent Larson: Brilliant Designs To Fit More People In Every City

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding

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11 Feb 2015

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic

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11 Feb 2015

Why Can’t Public Transit Be Free?

The main goal of transportation that costs riders nothing—getting people out of their cars—can’t be

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11 Feb 2015

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live

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11 Feb 2015

The Connection Between Successful Cities And Inequality

New research shows that the largest U.S. cities would do well to focus on workers

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11 Feb 2015

How The Ancient Underground City Of Cappadocia Became A Fruit Warehouse

For centuries, people have lived in caves and tunnels under this region of Turkey. Now

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10 Feb 2015

Maps That You Can Hear And Touch

Scientists and architects are pioneering a new cartography for blind users. Sighted people read maps

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10 Feb 2015

World’s Strangest Underground Cities

From bunkers below Berlin to malls under Montreal, here are the strangest and most eye-opening

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10 Feb 2015

Better Design For Saving Pedestrians

New York city police are stepping up efforts to rein in jaywalkers after cars struck

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10 Feb 2015

Amanda Burden: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What

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10 Feb 2015

Graffiti For Cities?

Late last year, 5Pointz a graffiti hotspot in Queens, New York, was whitewashed, erasing years

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09 Feb 2015

See The World Cities Explode In Size

The new Atlas of Urban Expansion maps out the past so cities can prepare for

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09 Feb 2015

How Brooklyn Is Like Buenos Aires: Toward A Science Of Cities

Marc Barthelemy and Rémi Louf, researchers at L’Institut de Physique Théorique outside of Paris, are seeking quantitative

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09 Feb 2015

The Sidewalk Of The Future Is Not So Concrete

Cities are experimenting with different materials — from heated panels to flexible rubber — but

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09 Feb 2015

These Images Of World Cities From “Space” Are Not What They Seem

These high-quality images may look like photographs of world cities at night taken by astronauts

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09 Feb 2015

Quality Of Life Improves In Compact Cities

That urban design improves the quality of people’s lives is an old idea. A new

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07 Feb 2015

What The Collapse Of Ancient Capitals Can Teach Us About The Cities Of Today

Warnings from history: Angkor was a thriving metropolis of 750,000 before a series of mega-monsoons

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07 Feb 2015

Parking Innovations That Every City Should Adopt

No one knows more about parking than UCLA’s Donald Shoup, the so-called “prophet of parking”

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07 Feb 2015

The “Sensing” City Is the Future of Urbanism

The Smart City isn’t enough. How might real-time data awaken the humanity in our buildings

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07 Feb 2015

How Prepared Are We For Climate Change?

Whether you live in San Francisco or Mongolia, climate change is going to impact your

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