16 Sep 2015

Before-And-After Photo Of The World’s Best Street Designs

As a remarkable new photo archive of urban transformations shows, making city streets more user-friendly

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14 Sep 2015

Who Will Suffer Most From Climate Change? (Hint: Not You)

A few years ago Melinda and I visited with a group of rice farmers in

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08 Sep 2015

10 Most Beautiful Views In Ireland

With its windswept countryside and striking coastal cliffs, it’s no secret that the Emerald Isle

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31 Aug 2015

An Alarming Glimpse Into Unbridled Urban Development

British photographer Marcus Lyon creates apocalyptic images of what cities might look like if left

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28 Jul 2015

Why Are We Not Making The Most Of Buildings In Cities?

Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common

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27 Jul 2015

The Most Walkable Cities In Texas

When it comes to walkable cities, Texas tends to get a failing grade. It’s well-deserved:

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24 Jul 2015

How Future Cities May Look More Like Natural Forest And Why It Matters

With its broad strokes of thinking and long-term implementation, urban planning isn’t the most exciting

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17 Jul 2015

Why We Are Losing Time In Saving The Oceans From Climate Change

Until recently, you might be forgiven for thinking that the oceans were a trivial component

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14 Jul 2015

Who And What Are The Root Cause Of Climate Change

As the world gears up for a crucial climate summit in Paris this December, a

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14 Jul 2015

How To Create A Sustainable Community With Public Works

Communities both big and small are having a sustainable makeover in order to reduce energy

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03 Jul 2015

DIY Guide : How To Build A City From Scratch

From Songdo, South Korea to Lavasa, India via Egypt’s unnamed new capital, everywhere you look

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18 Jun 2015

Building Infrastructure That Cleans The Air

Barcelona is building a traffic bridge out of pollution-neutralizing concrete. Chicago has paved a road

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09 Jun 2015

A City Where Garbage Is Not

In San Francisco, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade—as long as the lemons

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08 Jun 2015

The 9 Limits Of Our Planet & How We’ve Raced Past 4 Of Them

Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our

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04 Jun 2015

The Connection Between City Trees And Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the

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04 Jun 2015

Can Visionary Design Renew City Living

By the middle of this century, our cities are likely to be hotter, experience more

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02 Jun 2015

How Your City Is Solving Global Warming

Cities may only occupy about 2% of the world’s habitable land, but they are big

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30 May 2015

How Can We Prepare For Multi-Hazards?

Natural and man-made disasters can strike simultaneously. So is it possible to be totally prepared

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29 May 2015

How To Create A City That Already Exists

In Europe 80% of the population lives in cities. The analysis of the economic, social,

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19 May 2015

The Best Active Designs That Help People Live Healthier Lives

Design influences our health and quality of life, for better or worse and in ways

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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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