28 Feb 2015

Science For Designers: Scaling And Fractals

With apologies to real estate agents, we’d like to say that the three most important

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27 Feb 2015

Can Melbourne Lower Its Temperature By 7 Degrees?

The Australian city is using trees and water to fight the urban heat island effect.

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27 Feb 2015

Los Angeles Renaissance And The Rise Of Street Vending

L.A. is the only one of America’s 10 largest cities where street vending is illegal.

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27 Feb 2015

Radical Old, Futuristic New: 9 Visions For Chicago

Chicagoisms, at the art institute, explores the city’s progressive urban design and enlists architects’ riffs

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26 Feb 2015

Innovation In Energy Will Drive Sustainable Cities

Urbanisation makes cities a main focus for environmental policy. Digital technology and innovation will enable

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26 Feb 2015

The Greening Of Hamburg’s Autobahns

Hamburg’s plan to hide its highway underground and cover it with green space will reconnect

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26 Feb 2015

Chicago, The Last Great Capital Of Cartography

As America grew in the late 19th century, so did mapmaking—and Chicago was at the

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26 Feb 2015

The Unlikely Ascent Of Palestine’s Green Architects

One of the first thoughts Danna Masad had about the importance of architecture occurred to

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25 Feb 2015

Every City Should Have Something Like San Francisco’s Mass Transit Access Map

It lets you see exactly how much of the city you can reach in a

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25 Feb 2015

NYC, San Francisco On Different Paths To Pedestrian Safety

New York’s Vision Zero campaign turns one this month. In the year since Mayor Bill

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25 Feb 2015

4 Reasons You Should Move To Vienna

Urbanists obsess over the Austrian capital city and for good reason: It’s beautiful, has affordable

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25 Feb 2015

Hidden City : Dublin

Dublin is a city of stories and secrets but for the author and historian exploring

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25 Feb 2015

Taxi Stockholm’s Unusual City Guide

Swedish cab firm Taxi Stockholm has launched Taxi Trails, a new website for tourists that

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25 Feb 2015

The Floating Gardens Of Uppsala

The Swedish city debuted its buoyant pocket park as a way to promote urban farming.

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25 Feb 2015

How Copenhagen Is Using LEDs To Create A Smarter City

The Danish capital is using a network of LEDs to do everything from direct cyclists

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25 Feb 2015

Copenhagen’s Cycling Innovation

From ‘green wave’ traffic lights and majestic harbour bike bridges to digital countdowns and foot

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25 Feb 2015

A Power Ranking Of California’s Start-Up Cities

Two MIT social scientists have developed a better way of mapping entrepreneurial quality. It seems

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25 Feb 2015

How Vancouver Became One Of North America’s Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s. If you’re a

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24 Feb 2015

Ancient City Ruins Warn Us About Our Urban Future

The ruins of Tikal are surrounded by a national park — 57,600 hectares of rainforest

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24 Feb 2015

How To Build A Fairer City

Four leading academics propose the ‘grounded city’ – where sustainable transport, accessible broadband and modest

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24 Feb 2015

The Fading Distinction Between City And Suburb

As high-income people return to cities and urban neighbourhoods, they bring much of their suburban

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24 Feb 2015

Paris’s P’tit Vélib’

Vélib’, the world’s third largest bike share service, has expanded into uncharted territory last 2014: the

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24 Feb 2015

Science For Designers: The Meaning Of Complexity

Today’s designers seem to love using new ideas coming from science. They embrace them as

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23 Feb 2015

What’s The World’s Coldest City?

Yellowknife in Canada, where windchill regularly takes the temperature below -30C? Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, where

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23 Feb 2015

What Goes Up Does Not Come Down

We all know what architecture critic Banksy thinks about 1 World Trade Center. He infamously

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23 Feb 2015

What Washington, D.C., Would Look Like With Skyscrapers

Washington, D.C., has a height problem. For almost its entire history, builders in the nation’s

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23 Feb 2015

Rethinking High-Rise Living In New York City

Behind every great apartment building is a structural system, and in cities, it’s usually steel

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21 Feb 2015

Subterranean London, Adventures Beneath

Exploring the forbidden subterranean world of ghost Tube stations, Victorian sewers and disused shelters has

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21 Feb 2015

Property Developers Exploit Authorities, Ruining Our Cities

Affordable housing quotas get waived and the interests of residents trampled as toothless authorities bow

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20 Feb 2015

The Network City

“Only connect,” the writer E. M. Forster said famously — and modern scientists working with

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20 Feb 2015

Christchurch: After The Earthquake, A City Rebuilt In Whose Image?

A recent international visitor to New Zealand‘s second largest city asked Coralie Winn why there

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20 Feb 2015

The Next Frontier In Urban Design Will Send You Underground

Twenty feet under Delancey Street in Manhattan is a trolley terminal that hasn’t been used

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19 Feb 2015

Inside Hong Kong’s Public Housing Estates

Photographer Cheuk-ning Chung captures the neighbourhood feel of government-owned housing in one of the densest

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19 Feb 2015

Infographics : East Asia’s Massive Urban Growth

If everyone who recently migrated to cities in the region were a country unto themselves,

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19 Feb 2015

Beijing To Add Four More Metro Lines

Officials in Beijing have laid out plans to continue their program of rapid expansion of

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19 Feb 2015

Singapore’s ‘Urban Jungle’

Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in “urban jungle.” When it

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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

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

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

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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