The likes of Sheffield, Bilbao and Leipzig have staged a spectacular comeback.
Streetlife density in Florence – urban buzz or overcrowding?
One person's high density may be another's sprawl; the same tall building may be experienced as oppressive or exhilarating; a "good crowd" for one can be "overcrowded" for another.
Turns out, the way we see ethnic diversity may have more to do with prejudice than facts.
Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture.
It's important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
Social media is notoriously unsuitable for population studies, but these researchers have found a way to make the bias work in their favour.
Education provides a way out of rural areas – but the transition to city life can be very hard.
Students who move from rural areas to cities to pursue university degrees grapple with what it means to “leave behind” their home languages.
Style on street.
As models hit the catwalk for London Fashion Week, how do these trends actually relate people on the streets?
Trees take more planning than you might think.
Planting more trees in our cities is a good idea, but we need to remember to plan ahead for conditions those trees might encounter when they mature in half a century's time.
Los Angeles looks abroad.
Unlike CEOs, mayors are enthusiastic imitators and intimate allies, rather than fierce competitors. On World Cities Day, how US mayors are looking abroad for inspiration to solve problems
The growth of megacities and the mental health challenges this presents requires a new way of thinking.
Federal governments have traditionally struggled to develop a coherent view for our cities.
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For the first time, both major parties have a cities portfolio in their front bench team. With a few more changes, the government could create a structure that will really get to grips with urban issues.
Having all your green in one place or not has been taxing urban planners for some time.
Metropolis: imagining the cities of the future.
A new form of research is needed to bring us the cities of the future.
Pots, pillars and electric bulb sockets at the Nek Chand Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India.
Giridhar Appaji Nag Y
The country lost two utterly different, and utterly compelling interpreters of India's urban world this month. They left a legacy rich with beauty and meaning.
Making things happen in Philadelphia
New research shows how cities are tackling the issues usually dealt with by states and the federal government
Come on Australia. Celebrate World Sparrow Day!
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The humble sparrow represents a conduit to nature for many, and its wellbeing is connected to ours. That's reason enough to celebrate World Sparrow Day.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore gives car-sharing a try. By 2016, one in ten of the city’s households will have joined a car-share scheme.
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Owning a car can be a hassle, especially if you live somewhere where driving is an occasional, rather than daily, necessity. This might help to explain why car-sharing schemes are going from strength to…
Bright lights, big city - in the 1950s lighting for productivity and security was overtaken by lighting for spectacle, mood and advertising.
Lighting the Sails - 59 Productions Vivid LIVE 2014.
If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney over the next couple of weeks, you can enjoy the nightly transformation of some familiar urban landmarks. How should we understand this growing global enthusiasm for spectacular…
Our cities are growing; we must rise to the challenge.
Ten themes shape the dilemmas, challenges and opportunities for the 21st-century city. Each relates to how we live and shape our places. The tradition of urban living, of urbanity, focuses both on the…
Growing a solution to the growing problem of urban warming.
It’s getting hot in the city, and our overheated cities are only going to get hotter still as more people pile in and development and energy use intensifies. But planting away the problem could be a surprisingly…