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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    

Cinema and the Urban Space

 Films are a mosaic of socio-cultural, economic and geographical conditions that represent the nuances of the relationship of the core and the periphery, and the governors and the governed. Films capture a city at a particular time and often...

Posted August 29, 2012    

Introducing the World’s First City for Robots

By Katherine Rowland at Green FuturesA science project of unprecedented scale begins this month in the New Mexico desert, as a technology firm breaks ground for a model metropolis. Washington-based Pegasus Global Holdings will build a...

Posted August 17, 2012    

Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise

By Justin Greig – a self-proclaimed “21st century hippie” who studied Journalism at Berkeley and freelances for environmental publications. He has a special interest in conservation, recently adding solar panels to his family home.The green living...

Posted August 16, 2012    

Olympic Cities: Ready or Not, Here Comes Rio 2016

The Olympic spotlight brings significant development to host cities, with expectations of economic benefits mainly based on investment theories related to city marketing. Such theories have helped governments justify massive amounts of public...

Posted August 10, 2012    

Olympic Cities: Rethinking Urban Stadium Designs

Greek and Roman historical stadia aside, the stadium is a uniquely modern phenomenon. The bulk of our built environment is made of places to live, places to work, and places to shop. Even when architecture starts to take on greater symbolic value,...

Posted July 30, 2012    

Creating Safer Streets for People, One Parking Space at a Time

Earlier in the month I spent a day with Innes and Ruben from Stiftung Freizeit transforming Berlin’s car parking spaces into spaces for people (and shared some photos from the process on This Big City). We believe that streets...

Posted July 20, 2012    

Redeveloping London into the Queen City of the 21st Century

London is a city of dreams, a place that people crave for its past and for its glory. It is a city where history and modernity share a common ground and work together to create one of the most dynamic places on Earth. It is the city that attracts...

Posted July 12, 2012    

Creative City: Four Projects Bringing Arts and Culture to Dubai

Creativity is the golden goose of urban renewal. Cities that find themselves in economic stagnation (or decline) are now enacting policies to encourage the creativity of their inhabitants (and to attract the ‘creative class’), all with the prospect...

Posted July 9, 2012