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The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura/Terrain-Architects

Ugandan architects struggle with the dilemma of what’s appropriate

There is a growing trend of designing modernised replicas of traditional buildings for entertainment and tourism. That’s no way to salvage positive lessons from building traditions.
Our visions of the future embrace huge, glittering cities, but Sydney has a case of the little town blues. Warner Bros.

The 24/7 city, creativity and the lockout laws

The city, with its carnivalesque excesses, has long been a muse for artists. But Sydney's lockout laws infantilise its citizens and stifle activity.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables. Alpha/Flickr

Urban sprawl is threatening Sydney’s foodbowl

Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.

Computer model to help build better cities

Researchers have developed a computer model that allows them to reconstruct cities to see if they can find smarter and more…
Lift, 1, 2, 3… hold 1, 2, 3. Matt Dunham/AP

Should cagey Osborne flex his electoral pectorals?

Who lives at Number Ten Downing Street? The answer is of course… George Osborne. While his official residence may be next door at Number Eleven, it is he and not David Cameron who lives in the flat above…
The evil empire? Stefan Rousseau/PA

It’s time to put social impact of finance on the curriculum

The global crash of 2008 kicked off a furious debate in the UK about whether or not the City of London is a real asset to the economy. There was huge anger about the multi-billion bail-out of failed banks…
Cold steel: George Osborne visits JCB’s factory in Staffordshire. Rui Vieira/PA

Finance wages soar while manufacturing flatlines

George Osborne promised Britain a “march of the makers” – but as yet, there is little sign that a resurgence of manufacturing is helping the economy to rebalance. It would be naïve to assume that manufacturing…
This is your brain on capitalism. Willard

Drugs and the city: an open secret, so why no testing?

When the chairman of the ethical Co-operative Bank was recently caught on camera purchasing drugs, it became a major news story. But the links between drug-taking and Wall Street or the City of London…
By observing how the brain lights up in stressful situations, scientists have found city-dwellers are more sensitive to stress than their country cousins. Flickr

How city living stresses us out

As if any further proof were needed that traffic jams and overcrowding make us anxious, scientists have concluded that city-dwellers…

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