14 May 2015

Triumph Of The Public Space In Copenhagen

Copenhagen is often praised for its commitment to cycling and infrastructure. With 41% of all

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30 Apr 2015

Quirky Ideas For More Sustainable Cities

City living has many upsides, but a sustainable lifestyle is increasingly not among them. Pollution,

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29 Apr 2015

Ten Things For The Perfect City

A hipster economy and celebrities misbehaving in public are also essential for the ideal city.

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23 Apr 2015

The Mystery Of Asia’s Pollution Haze

A haze has periodically wafted over South-east Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public

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23 Apr 2015

Grisly Secrets Of Dealing With Victorian London’s Dead

As well as sewerage, another “waste removal” problem plagued London in the 19th century: the

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23 Apr 2015

On The Future Of Architecture – Bjarke Ingels

The puckish Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has built his career on defying convention and distancing

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22 Apr 2015

The Future Of Walkable Cities, Now

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking

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18 Apr 2015

When Humans Started To Rule The Planet

A new study argues it happened all the way back when we invented farming. Signs

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17 Apr 2015

7 Ways Architecture Can Tackle Global Warming

Architecture is one of the key drivers of climate change. Between construction and the energy

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15 Apr 2015

What A 2-Year-Old Can Teach Us About City Planning

Eric Feldman is used to viewing his neighbourhood through a designer’s lens. Lately, however, he’s

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13 Apr 2015

Where Is The World’s Greenest City?

Bristol is the ‘green capital’ of Europe, but its predecessor Copenhagen comes top in a

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11 Apr 2015

Smart Is As Smart Does. Stupid Just Does Nothing.

There’s community and there’s commuting. Let’s not confuse the two. With the population growing and

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07 Apr 2015

Landscape Essential For Healthier Cities

The state of the nation’s health is rarely out of the news, and much has

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20 Mar 2015

Zero Carbon Buildings At Zero Cost

When it comes to cutting carbon, current commercial building standards simply don’t go far enough.

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20 Mar 2015

The Value Of Nature In Cities

Nature and cities can live together successfully – if we pursue a long-term vision that

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18 Mar 2015

The Secrets In Sewage

What can a city’s waste reveal about the health of its population? The Centers for

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17 Mar 2015

Want Your City To Thrive? Look To Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a

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16 Mar 2015

Making Darkness Visible

“Rather than looking to turn night into day, we should embrace the darkness.” Today’s 24/7

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12 Mar 2015

A Top-down Approach To Flood Prevention

Gravity offers a simple and cheap way to attenuate stormwater flows – by storing water

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05 Mar 2015

Designing For Daylight

Embracing daylight is critical to sustainable urban development. In our increasingly urbanised world, planning regulations

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05 Mar 2015

What Bacteria Can Do For Your City

Many of us are accustomed to observing our world on the scale permitted by our

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04 Mar 2015

How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

Noise is bad for our health. It is also endemic to city life. Designers to

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

A Dose Of Nature Helps City Dwellers Fight Their Need For Instant Gratification

An experiment shows that even a simple photograph of greenery can push the brain to

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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

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

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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