Category Archives: Cities

The city is a lie

The ancient city of Alexandria lies on a narrow strip of Mediterranean coast to the west of the Nile delta. To the south is Lake Mariout, which once hemmed in the city rather closely, but has been reduced over the … Continue reading

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Paris Transforms the River Seine Into a Floating Cinema

As some cities get back to life after the coronavirus lockdown, they’re having to come up with innovative ways to bring a sense of normalcy while also staying safe. In Paris, that means using a vital resource—the Seine—to keep outdoor … Continue reading

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Why Car-Free Streets May Be Here to Stay

While increasing automobile traffic has been a growing problem in major U.S. cities, the threat of Covid-19 has revealed what life could look like without car-clogged streets. This dramatic change triggered by pandemic shutdowns may lead to significant and permanent … Continue reading

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The Thinkers Edition: Life in the City, The Monocle Weekly – Radio

In In the first of a new series of The Monocle Weekly, Andrew Mueller hosts a panel discussion with leading academics and analysts in urbanism and sociology, taking a deeper look at the changing make-up of our cities and social … Continue reading

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Foxes Caught in Dramatic Squabbles and Sleepy Coils by Photographer Konsta Punkka

Each spring, Helsinki-born photographer Konsta Punkka (previously) stakes out dens, showing he’s as clever in strategy as the foxes he’s hoping to encounter. This commitment to hours lying on cold, wet ground for hours on end has afforded a splendid … Continue reading

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Signs of Life (a short film)

“Signs of Life” captures light, beauty, clarity and life found in the darkness of the COVID-19 quarantine days. This film was captured and created in 4 days (including the music) for a competition. Created by Kelly Campelia (a.k.a. FIRELADY) Music … Continue reading

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Miracle on 34th Avenue: NYC’s Best Open Street is in Queens

The Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst areas of Queens were among the hardest hit in the United States by the Covid-19 epidemic. This film looks at the months-long struggle in Jackson Heights to get an open street on its beautiful … Continue reading

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Lockdown in Milan

“I made this in April 2020, when the pandemic was raging in Italy, but for some reason never posted it. Now, things in Italy have improved, and the pandemic has hit the United States with a vengeance – so this … Continue reading

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The ungoverned globe | Aeon

Benjamin Studebaker is a graduate teaching assistant in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge and a teaching associate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.   The end of the liberal order would unleash chaos; its continuance means … Continue reading

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How Satellite Images Reveal the Global Impact of the Coronavirus

Video description: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has lead to a severe disruption of public life, with people around the globe practicing social distancing measures in order to fight the spread of the virus. In this video we want to focus … Continue reading

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