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How Public Housing Fails, And Why

How Public Housing Fails, And Why

Architecture, Cities, Politics

There was a time when public housing served a different purpose — that it served fairly well the people who lived in it, that it was safe and decent housing, and that it did help people as a sort of stepping stone. It was a different demographic that it was serving in that way.

The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

The Suburbs Are Coming To A City Near You

Cities, Life

In some ways, living in a dense urban area has become much more pleasant for certain types of people — namely the affluent and those who prize proximity to the action above all else. Is a city still a city if urban living is a luxury good?

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Architecture, Cities

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, Frank Lloyd Wright urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

Architecture, Cities

In many places, car-curbing efforts have begun to gain traction, driven in part by citizen activism. Cities like Paris have proclaimed car-free days. There are also plans to oust private vehicles from major metropolitan areas and there have even been proposals to create entirely new car-free cities from scratch.

A Parallel Neighborhood Of Unhoused People Has Grown Up Around The Existing Community

A Parallel Neighborhood Of Unhoused People Has Grown Up Around The Existing Community

Cities, Life, Long Reads

In Koreatown, the homeless live on sidewalks, in alleyways, parks—and anyplace else they can find. Dilapidated tents bound together with rope create strange formations amid the city’s mix of modern and Art Deco architecture. They awkwardly jut from the sidewalks like poorly crafted spaceships.

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

Architecture, Cities, Life

What do cities have to do with loneliness? “The way we build and organize our cities can help or hinder social connection,” reads a Grattan Institute report. It’s not that the built environment “causes” interaction, but it can certainly either enable or constrain potential interaction.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London's Homes

Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London's Homes

Architecture, Cities

The Bunhill 2 Energy Centre has started capturing excess heat from the London Underground to help warm over 1,000 buildings in the UK capital. A perforated red-metal pavilion distinguishes the Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, which occupies the site of the disused City Road tube station.

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

Cities, Economics, Nature

The shopping mall would have been inconceivable without air conditioning, as would the deep-plan and glass-walled office block, as would computer servers. The expansion of tract housing in postwar suburban America relied on affordable domestic air conditioning units.

Skinny Home In Toronto As Prototype For Parking-Space Homes?

Skinny Home In Toronto As Prototype For Parking-Space Homes?

Architecture, Cities, Design, Videos

When Cyril Borovsky bought a 16-foot-wide strip of land in Toronto sandwiched between two bungalows, he knew the only way to fit more than one bedroom on the tiny footprint was to think cubically. Using a steel frame and performing much of the work himself- with just a boom lift and makeshift pulley-, he went up four floors.

Why Do Countries Build New Capital Cities?

Why Do Countries Build New Capital Cities?

Cities, Videos

It doesn’t seem obvious why a government will want to move its capital from a major city to a place where almost nobody lives but a couple of dozen countries have done it since 1950. In every case, the government of these countries gave a certain rationale for their decision.

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Cities, Innovation, Media

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

Cities, Design, Media

In cities around the world, advertising is everywhere. We may try to shut it out, but it reflects who we are (or want to be) and connects us to the urban past. Local signs connect us to the past, to vernacular styles, to folklore. The best examples catch our eye as children and stay with us.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Inside Hong Kong’s Cage Homes

Inside Hong Kong’s Cage Homes

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Hong Kong is the most expensive housing market in the world. It has been ranked as the least affordable housing market on Earth for eight years in a row. The inflated prices are forcing Hongkongers to squeeze into unconventionally small spaces that can affect their quality of life.

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be The Norm

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be The Norm

Architecture, Cities

In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement. Cities have limited space, and how it is allocated is tremendously important for people. The denser a place, the dearer each square foot is. Yet all over the world, cities were retrofitted to accommodate cars.

Dressing For The Surveillance Age

Dressing For The Surveillance Age

Cities, Long Reads, Tech

As cities become ever more packed with cameras that always see, public anonymity could disappear. Can stealth streetwear evade electronic eyes? Is there anything fashion can do to counter the erosion of public anonymity?

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How To Make An Attractive City

How To Make An Attractive City

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Cities are a big deal. We pretty much all have to live in them. We should try hard to get them right. So few cities are nice, very few out of many thousands are really beautiful; embarrassingly the more appealing ones tend to be old, which is weird because we’re mostly much better at making things now.

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Architecture, Cities, Design

U.S. homes are roughly 600 to 800 feet larger than those of comparable highly industrialized countries. The American obsession with large houses—a matter of culture, policy, and economics—restricts smaller, more affordable options.

How We Can Cool Our Cities

How We Can Cool Our Cities

Cities, Innovation, Videos

With intensive development in urban areas and the impacts of global warming becoming ever more apparent, numerous cities around the world are now taking steps to reduce their temperatures and develop a more sustainable urban environment. Here are 3 innovative ways to bring temperatures down.

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Architecture, Cities, Videos

From building in a crowded capital threatened by rising sea levels to creating modern housing alongside historic landmarks, this is how small cities around the world are overcoming some remarkable challenges.

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

Cities

It was a huge success: Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people. Several other cities are also working to reduce car use, such as Madrid, which limits access to the city center for anyone other than the people who live there.

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Cities, Videos, World

Dubai – perhaps the best-known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy. Less than 5% of its GDP comes from oil, but it essentially has made its success through diversifying into property real estate, aviation, trade, banking and finance. But what’s going on beneath the surface?

London Underground 1970-1980 By Mike Goldwater

London Underground 1970-1980 By Mike Goldwater

Cities, History, Photos

The first thing that strikes anyone who regularly rides on the London Underground is how clean it looks in Mike Goldwater’s photographs. Homeward bound tourists keen to recapture the thrill of minding the gap and cooling their heels on overcrowded platforms are not offered a range of signature scents.

The Food Deserts Of Memphis: Inside America's Hunger Capital

The Food Deserts Of Memphis: Inside America's Hunger Capital

Cities, Food, Health, Videos

In the ‘food deserts’ of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food outlets and convenience stores, locals lack what seems a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these Americans doomed to die younger than their neighbours – or can they fight for their right to nutrition?

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