07 Feb 2015

Harnessing City Sounds For Better Urban Living

Counting cars, finding where shootings have occurred, and counting wildlife: all of this can be

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06 Feb 2015

PAPER CITY – An Urban Story

UN-Habitat has launched “Paper City”, a stop-motion video animation portraying today’s urban challenges using a

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06 Feb 2015

Smartphone: The Transport Innovation Of The Decade

In a previous New York City mayoral election, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis bragged that he

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06 Feb 2015

Cities In Space?

After swingeing budget cuts at NASA, a loose agglomeration of private companies – including Elon

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05 Feb 2015

How Cities Can Learn From The Human Body’s Systems

Much like the human body with its skeletal, cardiovascular and nervous systems, cities have infrastructure

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05 Feb 2015

Design Lessons From These Superb BRT Stations

Ideas that help distinguish the service from a regular old bus. The United States has

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05 Feb 2015

London’s Near-2000 Year History Mapped

Researchers at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis collated vast datasets to map the capital’s

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05 Feb 2015

Urbanisation in a St. Petersburg Suburb

Photographer Alexey Bogolepov lives in Parnas, a suburb in the north of St Petersburg. With

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05 Feb 2015

Communities Of The Future Will Be Organised on Transportation

The era of transit-oriented development and “networked livable communities” has arrived. The Great Recession has

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04 Feb 2015

Mapping The Water Sources For 530 Cities Worldwide

Want to avoid a dangerous drought? There are measures, like reforestation, that could help. The

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04 Feb 2015

How Much Public Space Does a City Need?

How much of Manhattan is dedicated to public space? For starters, there’s Central Park, but

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04 Feb 2015

The Urban Jungle, Animals In Cities

Half the world’s people live in cities – but urban environments have just a 10th

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04 Feb 2015

Has the Time Come for Floating Cities?

From schools at sea to a city that perpetually sails the oceans, is climate change

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03 Feb 2015

Urban Light Pollution: Why We’re All Living with Permanent ‘Mini Jetlag’

Studies show that exposure to light after dusk is quite literally unnatural, and may be

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03 Feb 2015

Rethinking Our Cities To Fight Obesity

Using urban planning to help fight obesity by putting people on a design-based diet that

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03 Feb 2015

A Smart City Is More Than Just Sensors, Big Data, and Internet

Investing billions in big data and smart technology isn’t the only answer to building more

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03 Feb 2015

Making City Planning Cool

British cities are in crisis, but it is of an unusual and distinctly 21st-century form.

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03 Feb 2015

Smart slums: Utopian or Dystopian Vision of the Future?

A researcher explores how smart-city sensor technology can empower or disempower slum dwellers. Life in a

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03 Feb 2015

The World’s Healthiest Cities

What makes a city healthy? A combination of factors, ranging from readily available healthcare to

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02 Feb 2015

The Deadly Rise Of Sea Levels

Climate change is making the oceans rise, creating more and more dangerous situations for our

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02 Feb 2015

Rethinking Urban Cemeteries

City dwellers may see conventional burials become a luxury, available only to the very wealthy,

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02 Feb 2015

Night Sky: Cities Without The Lights

In Darkened Cities, the lights from these famous metropolises have been removed, giving you a

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02 Feb 2015

The World’s Most Visited Cities

The same attractions that prompt people to love visiting a city – top-ranked restaurants, vibrant

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31 Jan 2015

The Evolution Of Urban Spaces

A popular new study claims to lump cities into four types. But the real science

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31 Jan 2015

China’s Obsession With Vertical Cities

By the end of next year one-in-three of the world’s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in

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31 Jan 2015

Could a Billionaire Buy All the Homes in Your City?

Buying a private island is still the gold standard for extravagant billionaire real estate investments.

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31 Jan 2015

Africa and Asia and the Urban Population Boom

The UN predicts that two-thirds of the world will live in cities by 2050, with

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31 Jan 2015

City Animals Evolving With Bigger Brains

Evolutionary biologists have come to recognise humans as a tremendous evolutionary force. In hospitals, we

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30 Jan 2015

5 Crucial Principles For 21st Century Transportation Systems

Handling tomorrow’s mega-trends means rethinking today’s infrastructure. Over the rest of the 21st century, cities

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30 Jan 2015

The Geometry Of Urban Life

Even a roaming cartophile, looking through an airplane window at night, would be challenged to

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30 Jan 2015

Cities Are Key To Fighting Climate Change

Urban areas will be disproportionately impacted by rising sea levels and severe weather. Luckily, they’re

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30 Jan 2015

What Does it Mean to Rebuild a City?

108 years ago, San Francisco was hit by a major earthquake, sparking fires that decimated

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30 Jan 2015

Disaster Aids Reinvented For Cities

Past response strategies have focused on helping those in remote, rural areas. But when an

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30 Jan 2015

A Guide To Safer Streets and Simple Rules – Courtesy of New York City

In the past decade or so, New York has seen a considerable decline in traffic

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30 Jan 2015

Sick Cities: Why Urban Life is Breeding New Illness Fears

“The whole history of urban life, in a sense,” says Richard Barnett, “is of living

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30 Jan 2015

Our Urban Past, Present and Future

We are bombarded with statistics about the future of cities these days, as fast as

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29 Jan 2015

The World’s Most Expensive Cities In 2013

In Caracas a 1kg loaf of bread will cost you US$9.40, in Mumbai just $0.86.

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29 Jan 2015

The Age Of The City-States

The largest 300 cities are home to a fifth of the world’s people but account

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29 Jan 2015

City Maps Through The Ages

From London’s cholera outbreak to the siege of Frankfurt, these are the works of the earliest

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29 Jan 2015

The Micro-Dwellings of Hong Kong

Designers are working to make the city’s tiniest spaces liveable. Gary Chang, is a Hong Kong architect

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29 Jan 2015

Christchurch In Pictures : Life After A Devastating Earthquake

Christchurch-based Danny Squires is director of Space Craft Systems and co-founder of WikiHouse/NZ, a global project

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29 Jan 2015

Staying Healthy In The Concrete Jungle

Here’s some tips to help you avoid whatever bug or virus is currently doing the

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29 Jan 2015

City Agriculture, China’s Urban Farms and Gardens

For centuries, the Chinese have referred to the fertile region around Chengdu, capital of Sichuan

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29 Jan 2015

10 Techniques For Making Cities More Walkable

In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys

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29 Jan 2015

The World’s 10 Riskiest Cities

What are the world’s riskiest cities when it comes to natural disasters? A reinsurance company

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29 Jan 2015

The World Cities With The Most Powerful Brands

To establish the list of the world’s most powerful city brands, Saffron, a brand consultancy that prides

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29 Jan 2015

When it Comes to Parks, It’s Not Just How Many, But Where

The median land area dedicated to park space in U.S. cities is 8.1 percent, according to

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28 Jan 2015

The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor’s shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car

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28 Jan 2015

World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers

Florence, Barcelona, Dubai, Seattle—these and ten other cities contain some of the world’s best examples

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28 Jan 2015

Urbanisation Can Be ‘Force For Good’ With Better Jobs and Cheaper Services

World Bank economist says governments shouldn’t fear rise of cities, but warns ‘slum growth could

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