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Public Transit Done Right

By Darryl d’Monte at Green FuturesFor anyone stuck in one of India’s interminable traffic jams, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system sounds like the answer to a prayer. Cheaper and easier to implement than a full scale underground metro, BRT has proved...

Posted February 2, 2013    

Food and the City: Security, Sustainability, and Urban Farming

This Big City and Future Cape Town hosted our first #citytalk tweetchat of 2013 last week, looking at Food and the City, which, after much discussion certainly provided food for thought. The importance of the topic was once again highlighted at the...

Posted February 1, 2013    

Building Communities Through Arts Education

Since the emergence of the ‘modern artist’ in the late 19th century, collective artistic practices (including art education outside the academic context) and artist collectives have accelerated avant-gardist ideas. As an urban-social group they have...

Posted January 30, 2013    

Zipcar and the Future of Sustainable Urban Economics

By Aaron Hay at Forum for the Future“All the old companies need to fit into the new economy.” That’s what I heard from Zipcar founder Robin Chase, upon returning from Christmas break, to discover that rental car giant Avis had acquired the...

Posted January 22, 2013    

22 Cities Get Ready to Pilot the Future

After a successful 2012 competition which attracted 1,519 entries from 70 countries, Citymart is once again looking to award prizes to new urban ideas which aim to ‘pilot the future‘. 22 cities are back on board and looking for...

Posted January 19, 2013    

Changing Times: How the Economy Affects Housing and Transportation

Every morning when we wake up, we face a world that’s a little different from the day before. The recession has altered our living, employment and transportation patterns, and “adapt or die” is the new mantra. Some of the natural effects of a roller...

Posted January 16, 2013    

A Green Home Built Entirely from Waste

By Virginia Marsh at Green FuturesOld toothbrushes, cut-up jeans, video cassettes and mattress filling: landfill fodder, or the building blocks for a family home? According to a team of engineers in the UK, it’s the latter. In fact, these are all...

Posted January 14, 2013    

Converting Construction Sites into Public Spaces

No one would ever think of enjoying the space within construction scaffolding (or sidewalk sheds). But, in New York City, they are so prevalent (stretching 189 miles if lined end to end), that students from the Parsons School of Design created ...

Posted January 12, 2013    

How Romania’s Five Biggest Cities are Moving in the Green Direction

After joining the European Union back in 2007, the word “sustainability” started to be heard more frequently in Romania. New opportunities for people to explore and learn from Western countries were suddenly opened, but also new minimum requirements...

Posted January 10, 2013    

Six Kickstarter Projects for Cities

I hadn’t heard of Kickstarter until I accidentally sat next to zeitgeist author Douglas Coupland last year at the Vancouver screening of Urbanized, Gary Husnit’s documentary about cities and urban design. I got up the nerve to ask Coupland how...

Posted January 2, 2013    

Ideas for Sustainable Cities: The Ten Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

2012 has been another great year here at This Big City. We picked up our 100,000th follower over on Tumblr, saw a 100% increase in website traffic, and published over 250 new articles. Of those 250, the following ten posts proved the most popular....

Posted December 29, 2012    

What Gangnam Style Says About Wealthy Neighborhoods Worldwide

Gangnam style: on the surface its success seems to be a story of the raw power of the internet. A flamboyant South Korean rapper, though he sings in a language most of us don’t understand, produces a single with an addictive beat and visuals eye...

Posted December 27, 2012