29 May 2019

Cities Are Growing Insanely Fast: How Can We  Prepare

The world is going urban. More than half (55 per cent) of the global population

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03 Aug 2018

Cities Are Central To Human Flourishing

In many countries today, cities are the centers of innovation, engines of growth, and home

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07 Jun 2018

African Cities Must Address Social & Economic Issues When Upgrading Slums

In sub-Saharan Africa, over 55% of the urban population are estimated to live in areas categorised as

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15 May 2018

US Cities Losing 36 Million Trees A Year, Researchers Find

Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies

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17 Apr 2018

We Need Bigger Cities, But We Also Need Unique Cities

“If you don’t want processed food, why do you want processed cities?” asks architect Vishaan

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27 Mar 2018

The 100 Million City : Is 21st Century Urbanisation Out Of Control?

Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our

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12 Mar 2018

In Defense Of The Small City

Everyone, including the president, thinks struggling Americans should just move to places like New York.

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28 Feb 2018

Stop Saying ‘Smart Cities’

Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient. The term “smart city”

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23 Feb 2018

Managing Shrinking Cities In An Expanding World

Urbanisation has been a well-established trend in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, depopulation and

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27 Jan 2018

The Big Dig: How The High Cost Of Land Is Forcing Hong Kong Into Caverns

With the highest house prices in the world, and most of its land unbuildable, the

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29 Mar 2017

Nail Houses, A Pain In China’s Rapid Urbanisation Run

A single house balancing precariously in the middle of a construction site may seem like

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31 Jan 2017

What The Strip Can Teach Us About Urban Planning

Long before America’s current urban revival, the Strip was ditching its streetside car parks for

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24 Jan 2017

HUNGRY FUTURE: If Cities Take Over Fertile Farms

Cropland losses will have consequences especially for Asia and Africa, which will experience growing food

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07 Sep 2016

Major Cities Across The World Re-imagined Through A Video Game Universe

We don’t really feature video games here but a recent press release of game studio

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14 Jul 2016

Our Modern Grid Design For Cities, Not So Modern After All

The ruins of Timgad lies on the slopes of the Aures Massif, about 35 km

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13 Jul 2016

Why Calgary, A City Centre For Oil, Fights Cars & Suburban Sprawl

Calgary is like any other Canadian city that grew outwards, not upwards. But led by

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20 Jun 2016

Africa’s Urban Megatrends Can Only Succeed If…

With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need

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31 May 2016

Discover A Tale Of Cities, We Missed & Unheard

To complement our 50-part series on the history of urbanisation, our readers shared fascinating stories

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30 May 2016

Sci-Fi Cities & Mega Cities Of The Future, As Imagined Or Not?

Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe

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27 Feb 2016

Grow Your Own : Making Australian Cities More Food-Secure

Food security has typically been framed as an issue of global concern, concentrated within developing

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26 Feb 2016

Lessons Of Incremental Innovation In Southeast Asia

Having explored most of Vietnam and a small part of Cambodia, I am struck by

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05 Jan 2016

Why Cities Rise Fast And Falls Faster

Combined challenge of climate change and population growth puts premium on rapid urbanisation ‘in a

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06 Nov 2015

Migrants Are The Key Source Of Vitality For Cities, Plan Well

The world’s population is becoming increasingly urban. Sometime in 2007 is usually reckoned to be

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31 Oct 2015

World Cities Day 2015 : Better City, Better Life

The United Nations has every 31st of October as World Cities Day. The Day is

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16 Oct 2015

When Will Federal Government Get Cities And Urban Policy

The appointment of a federal minister for cities and the built environment is a signal

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17 Sep 2015

How A City In Chile Recovered From Devastation

Five years on from the 2010 earthquake, Gideon Long revisits the city flattened by a

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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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26 Jun 2015

What’s The Perfect Size For A City?

The world’s cities are sprawling over their boundaries, fragmenting into smaller parts run by competing

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25 Jun 2015

Are Vertical Villages Bad For Cities

The modern skyscraper is being designed with an ever-increasing range of features – from shops

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18 Jun 2015

How To Raise Awareness About Population Explosion

How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way

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05 Jun 2015

How Boomers Will Shape The Future Of Our Cities

The principal of CannonDesign predicts that his generation will be active participants in making our

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29 May 2015

Why Our Cities Need Smart Transport

The reform of urban mobility remains one of the biggest challenges confronting policy makers around

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28 May 2015

Big Data Could Help Cities On Climate Change

With last year’s U.S.-China Climate Accord came a new focus on municipal sustainability. Yes, power

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18 May 2015

Megacities Might Not Save The Planet After All

YOU LEARN TO put up with a lot when you live in Mexico State. The

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15 May 2015

Are tiny homes the next big thing for cities?

As urban populations swell, as the number of singles increases — and as city officials

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06 May 2015

Visions Of Smart City Utopia Need Urgent Reality Check

Responsive urban technology sounds enticing but citizens must not be disconnected from plans drawn up

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24 Apr 2015

A City Is Near By The Plastic In The Sea

Two French oceanography researchers expected to find pollution on their 8,345km, 14-month kayak journey from

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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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18 Apr 2015

Can A City Become Too Big?

The number of megacities has been increasing so rapidly in the last few decades that

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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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08 Apr 2015

How Is China Transforming Its Cities?

China is showing the rest of the world how to expand and transform its cities.

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20 Mar 2015

From Brutalism To Borgen To Blogging: How The Language Of Cities Has Changed

Do you speak urbanism? The way we read and write in the language of cities

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19 Mar 2015

Alessandra Orofino: It’s Our City. Let’s Fix It.

Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their

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19 Mar 2015

Is Your City Too Smart For You?

Could pursuing the rational, clinical urbanism of smart cities destroy the charming chaos of traditional

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19 Mar 2015

We Need Agile Cities

If we are to make cities work for people in the future, to enable economic

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12 Mar 2015

New York’s New Endangered Resource

‘Supertall’ buildings are sprouting like beanstalks in central New York, costing its citizens precious sunshine

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11 Mar 2015

What If The Entire World Lived In 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project. It’s difficult to think

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07 Mar 2015

Population Boom – An Engineering Response

A report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers makes suggestions for the role that the engineering profession

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07 Mar 2015

Is There A Moore’s Law For Cities?

Several thousand years ago the evolution of social organisations in the form of cities brought

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04 Mar 2015

Should The World Plan For Fewer (Not More) People?

Current UN projections show that there will be 11 billion people living on Earth by

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