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Japan’s Lost-and-Found System Is Insanely Good

Japan’s Lost-and-Found System Is Insanely Good

Cities, Politics

The scheme for reuniting unlucky people with their wayward valuables relies on a complex mix of infrastructure, carrot-and-stick legal encouragement, and cultural norms. Taken together, they form a shockingly efficient system that has long been a source of wonder for Western observers.

How A Small Texas City Rewrote The Rules Of Development

How A Small Texas City Rewrote The Rules Of Development

Architecture, Cities, Innovation

Last month, Bastrop, Texas, adopted a new building code, known as Bastrop Building Block, which radically alters how the city will approach development. The new flexible system was designed to address three interrelated issues hitting municipalities across the county: population growth, aging infrastructure, and outdated development patterns.

The Lost Neighborhood Under New York's Central Park

The Lost Neighborhood Under New York's Central Park

Cities, History, Videos

A story that goes back to the 1820s, when that part of New York was largely open countryside. Among them was a predominantly black community. It became known as Seneca Village. And when Irish and German immigrants moved in, it became a rare example at the time of an integrated neighborhood.

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.

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.

The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

Cities, Health, Nature, World

The World Health Organization reported last year that 11 of the 12 cities in the world with the most pollution from PM2.5 were in India. A policy to conserve water resources led to the rise of a major source of air pollution, making breathing Delhi’s air as bad as smoking 50 cigarettes.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Building Africa's City In The Sea

Building Africa's City In The Sea

Architecture, Cities, Videos

Nigeria is reclaiming 10 square kilometres of land from the ocean to create “Eko Atlantic” – a vast new city that is set to become the financial heart of Africa. 10 new city districts will then be constructed on this reclaimed land, providing commercial, residential and recreational amenities and homes to more than 250,000 residents.

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 Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

Cities, Videos

The city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians. It involves taking nine square city blocks and closing off the inside to through traffic. Buses, big freight trucks — or any vehicles that are trying to get from one part of town to the next — have to drive around the perimeter.

Why Singapore Is Heating Up 2x Faster Than The Planet

Why Singapore Is Heating Up 2x Faster Than The Planet

Cities, Videos

Singapore is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world – with maximum daily temperatures predicted to reach 35-37 degrees Celsius by year 2100. This video explores how, beyond climate change, the urban heat island effect spells trouble for future Singapore.

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.

How Cities Became Childless

How Cities Became Childless

Cities, Life, Videos

American cities are getting more expensive, and families are being pushed out. Welcome to the future of urban living, where young people have to make a choice: money or babies?

Mapping America's Stark Wage Inequality

Mapping America's Stark Wage Inequality

Cities, Economics, Politics

One of the most important economic stories of the past couple of decades is the rise of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. Since 1980, economists say, wage growth for the highest-paid workers has been roughly triple that for the lowest paid. In some cities, the disparity is wider.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
'Station Of Being' Is An Interactive Arctic Bus Stop

'Station Of Being' Is An Interactive Arctic Bus Stop

Architecture, Cities, Nature

Architecture studio Rombout Frieling Lab and Research Institutes of Sweden have created the Station of Being as a prototype bus stop. The bus stop in Umeå, Sweden, was designed to improve the waiting conditions for passengers using public transport in cold weather conditions within the Arctic region.

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked At LAX

Business, Cities, World

When LAX offered me the opportunity to work with its TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) teams, I couldn’t say no. From dead bodies in the security line to a cobra in a Pringles can, you wouldn’t believe the crazy things that happen at America’s busiest airport of origin.

Repopulating A Japanese town

Repopulating A Japanese town

Cities, Videos, World

As the Japanese populace shrinks and ages, and young people leave the suburbs and rural areas for cities, more and more communities are becoming ghost towns. The municipality of Okutama, on the outskirts of Tokyo, has come up with a novel solution: Give away houses to young families for free.

The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

The New York City Subway Map As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Cities, Design

In 1979, responding to complaints from riders that the subway map was difficult to use, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired the Manhattan design firm Michael Hertz and Associates to create a new map. The M.T.A. subway map is a record of how graphic design, politics and geography have shaped the city over the last 40 years.

How Air Pollution Is Doing More Than Killing Us

How Air Pollution Is Doing More Than Killing Us

Cities, Health, Nature

Emerging studies show that air pollution is linked to impaired judgement, mental health problems, poorer performance in school and most worryingly perhaps, higher levels of crime. These findings are all the more alarming, given that more than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments.

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.

The Green Dream Of Portland

The Green Dream Of Portland

Cities, Long Reads

Decades ago, Portland, Oregon established an image as the most environmentally friendly city in the world. But is the progressive city’s progress still too slow? “We haven’t done a good enough job of influencing the thousands of new people who have moved here, making it clear to them that biking and walking are the way to go.”

How I. M. Pei Shaped The Modern City

How I. M. Pei Shaped The Modern City

Architecture, Cities

I. M. Pei died at the age of 102 after a long career as an architect of great renown. The China-born, U.S.-trained architect took on commissions that helped reshape cities around the world through the second half of the 20th century.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Smart Frames For Growing Plants In The City

Smart Frames For Growing Plants In The City

Cities, Design, Innovation

French company, Urban Canopee, has developed lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which serve as support for climbing plants — both in isolation or in groups — and to create a verdant canopy. The company hopes the easy-to-use frames will be used to grow plants on the roofs of buildings and other public spaces.

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Cities, Videos

Dubai does have oil, but today it only accounts for less than one percent of its GDP. What looks like a pure extravagance is actually pure marketing genius, attracting 14 million international visitors a year, who spend more than any other city in the world, 65% more, even, than New York or London.

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.

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?

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.

Heaven Or High Water: Selling Miami's Last 50 Years

Heaven Or High Water: Selling Miami's Last 50 Years

Cities, Long Reads

The consensus among informed observers is that the sea will rise in Miami Beach somewhere between 13 and 34 inches by 2050. Sunset Harbour is expected to fare slightly worse, and to do so more quickly. Thus, I felt the Sunset Harbour area was a good place to start pretending to buy a home here.

The Beautiful Hidden Logic Of Cities

The Beautiful Hidden Logic Of Cities

Cities, Design

Driving around your city, you’re probably somewhat aware of Avenues and Boulevards and Streets and Roads and so on. However, it’s hard to get an overall view of how all these road designations knit together. By coloring them, we can suddenly see a new, stunning view of what we normally take for granted.

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