Washrooms for customers only signs can be seen as an affront to human dignity.
With so few public washrooms in our cities, vulnerable people are forced to use café and restaurant washrooms. How do mostly minimum wage café and restaurant workers deal with this?
Shanghai’s urban room.
Urban planning should be long-term and visionary, but the public must have a say, too – that's where urban rooms come in.
The same things tend to make people happy - such as nature and colour. (Jardin des Curiosités, Lyon, France)
We searched Instagram for city images people associated with happiness. And they consistently included similar features, such as water, nature and heritage buildings.
Parts of the world are grappling with the urbanisation problem but some other parts experience the opposite: their cities are shrinking.
Urbanisation has been a well-established trend and for some countries will continue to be. But some others experience the opposite, resulting in underused and abandoned infrastructure.
The absolute level of income tends to be higher in the cities than the regions - but this has always been so.
New research released today by the Grattan Institute shows that income growth and unemployment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas.
Cities have always been more than a dense collection of people. They are labs of innovation, hotbeds of crime and inequality, architectural stunners, decaying ruins and everything in between.
Cities are facing more heatwaves, but not all strategies to keep us cool are equal.
Sydney image from www.shuttrstock.com
Our cities are getting hotter. Luckily, as a built environment, we can actually do something about it.
The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura/Terrain-Architects
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.
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.
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.
Garden cities are the best of town and country combined and could be part of the answer to the housing crisis.
Recent events show that you can't always stop an attack, even when you prepare for one.
A ragged record. UK and corruption.
David Cameron's call for an era of clean money has opened the door to a host of problems for the powerful as capitalism struggles into a new era.
Researchers have developed a computer model that allows them to reconstruct cities to see if they can find smarter and more…
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Lift, 1, 2, 3… hold 1, 2, 3.
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The evil empire?
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.
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.
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.
As if any further proof were needed that traffic jams and overcrowding make us anxious, scientists have concluded that city-dwellers…