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Inside China's Ghost Cities

Inside China's Ghost Cities

Architecture Cities Videos

Australia’s 60 Minutes TV program visited China’s eerie ghost towns. An entire city – all the buildings, the roads, schools, hospitals, you name it – except the people. There is not a soul to be seen.

Can Tiny Houses Save Detroit?

Can Tiny Houses Save Detroit?

Architecture Cities Videos

Detroit is grappling with both devastating poverty and a hot real estate market. But Rev. Faith Fowler of the nonprofit Cass Community Social Services sees a way to remedy both: Develop tiny houses, and create a rent-to-own financing mechanism to help impoverished Detroiters become owners of those homes.

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.

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Business Cities Health Politics

Dollar-discount stores get the blame for “food deserts”—neighborhoods without supermarkets. It’s claimed, these stores drive out supermarkets with their low prices and saturate poor neighborhoods with junk food. But are dollar stores really to blame for bad diets?

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.

Singapore Is Building A City In China

Singapore Is Building A City In China

Cities Videos World

It’s located in Southern China but it’s actually a partnership between China and Singapore. It’s called, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, or SSGKC. In the next 20 years, the countries project it will have a population of 500,000. A whopping figure considering the farmlands were formerly home to just 40,000 residents.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Cities

Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money. That’s the main takeaway of a new study that looks in detail at parking in five U.S. cities: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming.

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.

The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

Business Cities Crime

The man known as the Taxi King arrived at his 2014 holiday party in a $384,000 Ferrari, wearing a custom Italian suit. Five years later, that man, Evgeny A. Freidman, stood in a mostly empty courtroom in Albany, N.Y., as a judge sentenced him to probation for tax fraud.

Everyone Needs To Stop Building Giant Glass Skyscrapers

Everyone Needs To Stop Building Giant Glass Skyscrapers

Architecture Cities Nature

Any building playing host to hundreds of people is going to have a huge climate footprint, but the glass is particularly problematic. The sunlight has unlimited access into the building, but no way to get out. That’s great for tomatoes, but for people it just means more air conditioning.

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.

How Poor Americans Get Exploited By Their Landlords

How Poor Americans Get Exploited By Their Landlords

Cities

It is a mistake to see slums as a byproduct of the modern city, rundown areas that occur by accident. Instead, researchers contend that the slum has long been a “prime moneymaker” for those who profit from land scarcity, racial segregation, and deferred maintenance.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Tourism Is Eating The World

Tourism Is Eating The World

Cities Economics World

The number of international tourist arrivals has been increasing more or less exponentially since the mid-20th century, and totaled about 1.4 billion in 2018. Europe has seen the biggest share, but the Asia-Pacific region is growing fast.

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.

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?

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

Cities Explainers

They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars and generally made life harder for motorists. Now it appears the work is paying off. Oslo and Helsinki are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.

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 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.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
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?

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

Cities Tech

There’s no concrete definition of a smart city, but high-tech versions promise to use cameras and sensors to monitor everyone and everything, from bins to bridges, and use the resulting data to help the city run smoothly. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

Cities Crime World

His ease with people, his natural charisma — these things made him a vital piece of the underground foreigner scene in Taipei, a key component of the drug culture. But it was a dangerous game that Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan played, a game that can turn even the safest of places into the deadliest of traps. Once he fell into it, there was no charming his way out.

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.

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.

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets

Art Cities Photos Videos

Commissioned by The Getty Museum to the painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker, Ed Ruscha. Utilizing The Getty Research Institute’s preservation and digitization of over a million images from Ed’s Streets of Los Angeles photo series, and excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road.”

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.

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

Cities Economics Nature

Founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign 50 years ago. The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.

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