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Beyond Sandy: How Climate Change Has Affected Cities Worldwide

In the final days of October, the world gaped in horror at the images of the devastation left by hurricane Sandy. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing were the photos taken of New York: the Manhattan Skyline blacked out, the iconic subway system...

Posted November 14, 2012    

Keeping Singapore Green with Data and Design

What would happen if data, not politics or purely commercial development, drove the design of our cities and towns? Singapore is a marvel of efficiency, the result of a dedication to data-driven life design and urban planning. The (...

Posted November 9, 2012    

Urban Change in Iran: Two Millennia of Urban Planning

Iran is known as one of the oldest civilisations in the world, and many of the origins of urban planning and design can be traced back the country. The Persian built environment has been a major influence in shaping an urban tradition now...

Posted November 7, 2012    

Making Public Transport Irresistable: Your Ideas from #citytalk

We hosted our eleventh #citytalk tweetchat last week, this time looking at how cities move. There was some serious discussion around the importance of investing in quality public transport solutions that are frequent, affordable, and take people...

Posted November 5, 2012    

Four Energy Management & Environmental Performance Apps Any Organization Can Afford

As legislations and bills pass at city, state, and federal levels, building managers are beginning to adopt new technologies to not only improve performance, but also comply with rules that are making sustainability somewhat of a requirement....

Posted November 1, 2012    

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