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Singapore Superpark Brings Green Technologies and Biological Diversity to the City

By Suchi Rudra at Green FuturesSingapore has raised the bar on green space by integrating innovative green technologies and biological diversity on a massive scale with its recently opened Gardens by the Bay. Built on the redeveloped...

Posted October 29, 2012    

The Impact of Urban Farming in Berlin and Hong Kong

Urban farms are cropping up in metropolises across the U.S., with New York City proving to a be a particularly fruitful example. But this sustainable farming idea is more than an American trend, with cities worldwide taking strides in growing local...

Posted October 26, 2012    

Urban Villages of the Developed and Developing World

On the 22nd September 2012, the Australian non-profit Sustainable Communities launched its ‘localisation project’ in Joslin Reserve, South Australia. This project is the creation of an urban village, a concept which is gaining...

Posted October 24, 2012    

The Impact of Urban Farming in New York City

Imagine a rooftop garden lush with salad greens and fresh vegetables. Picture a quaint patio garden growing bay-leaf, lemon-verbena and lime-basil herbs. Urban farming is a sustainability movement that is giving new purpose to rooftops, patios and...

Posted October 19, 2012    

Space Matters: Understanding the Music of a City

Ever wonder what makes a city tick? What I mean by ‘tick’ can better be defined in the answers to several questions which, with an inquiring eye, I observe cities. Why is everyone moving? Or not moving? And what starts it all? What ‘music’...

Posted October 17, 2012    

Infographic: The Real Cost of Traffic Jams in the United States

Congestion is a favourite topic of ours here at This Big City. We’ve covered Stockholm’s successful congestion pricing scheme and the lack of enthusiasm for such schemes in both North America and South America. We’ve looked at...

Posted October 12, 2012    

Transit Culture: the Missing Element In Boosting Ridership

In many developed countries, particularly in the United States, transit agencies struggle to boost ridership. Despites shrinking budgets, many operators have recognized and implemented several important elements which are critical to providing good...

Posted October 8, 2012    

How Investment in Cultural Infrastructure put Leipzig on the International Art World Map

With a long-standing legacy of alternative subculture movements and a constant re-branding of eco-retro-punk, Berlin presents itself as the ultimate signifier of alternative urban culture. Collective community events such as the Hipster...

Posted September 27, 2012    

Architectural Reclamation: Creating a More Sustainable Built Environment

Today’s complex environmental problems require innovative solutions from all parties involved. National governments continue to negotiate the establishment of global regulations for acceptable emission levels, firms are increasingly implored to be...

Posted September 18, 2012    

Cyclopath: the Web and Mobile App for Rating and Creating Bikeable Cities

By Janey Lee – a college student in Chicago majoring in public policy and French whose life goal is to make everyone recycle.It can be difficult being a cyclist in a country paved for automobiles. After all, most roads in the US were built for use...

Posted September 12, 2012    

Why Walking has Gone for a Long Walk in Indian Cities

By Tarun Sharma – public policy practitioner and New Delhi resident with an academic background in Economics and Public Policy. Tarun’s interests include urban land management, transport and urban heritage. The hierarchy of...

Posted September 7, 2012    

Creating Public Spaces which Encourage Strangers to Interact

Cyborg anthropologist Amber Case meets Charlie Todd – activist, author and founder of Improv Everywhere - as part of a series discussing the future of the city on Smart Urban Stage.Modern cities are full of “non-places...

Posted September 4, 2012