Corporations benefit from using public spaces during the Olympic Games – but Rio made sure local businesses also got a slice of the pie.
Worldwide real estate makes up 60% of the value of all global assets. But it’s being concentrated into the hands of a wealthy few.
This playful form of rebellion is empowering people all over the world to move freely around their cities.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle.
Like Brazil’s favela dwellers, America’s working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
Melbourne is powered by the coal-fired stations of Gippsland, which illustrates the problems with any urban strategy that neglects regional roles and interests.
City-centric thinking arguably obscures connections between ‘humans’ and ‘nature’, and ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ or ‘wild’. Growing evidence of the depths of these links is testing the concept of ‘urban’.
Much of the ‘smart cities’ rhetoric is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight.
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The rhetoric of ‘smart cities’ is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Truly smart and resilient cities need to be more in tune with the planet.
Jane Jacobs holds up documentary evidence at a 1961 press conference during the campaign to save the West Village.
In an age of data-driven urban science, we need to remember how Jane Jacobs gave voice to the multiple languages, meanings, experiences and knowledge systems of a vibrant city.
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.