Category Archives: Cities

Manchester tackles homelessness crisis – by embracing the arts

The city has begun using a progressive approach to a sharp increase in homelessness – providing arts and culture access to homeless people Two armchairs are facing each other in the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester. Denise Harrison, a mental health … Continue reading

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Jersey City Experiments with its first Protected Bike Lane

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Why the “wrong side of the tracks” is usually the east side of cities

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry … Continue reading

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How urban spaces can preserve history and build community

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International … Continue reading

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Who belongs in a city?

Underneath every shiny new megacity, there’s often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Travelling Architect

As globalisation increases and urban sprawl spreads, cities are gradually becoming more and more homogenised, losing any sense of character and cultural difference. This highly experimental film explores the relationship between place and memory as experienced by architect James Davidson, … Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Superblocks: Change the Grid, Change your Neighborhood

Two years ago, Barcelona announced it would transform chunks of its street grid to prioritize people over cars. The method: superblocks. When American planners think of superblocks, they probably think of big parcels that disrupt the pedestrian network and discourage … Continue reading

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Sensing High Water in Venice — Inhabiting the Anthropocene

Flood warning siren in Venice (from Sounds Like Noise) Visiting Venice this summer suggested some intellectual bridges between cities (see our previous series on the Urban Anthropocene), and our new theme (Perceiving the Anthropocene). How do cities help us perceive … Continue reading

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How we can design timeless cities for our collective future

There’s a creeping sameness in many of our newest urban buildings and streetscapes, says architect Vishaan Chakrabarti. And this physical homogeneity — the result of regulations, mass production, safety issues and cost considerations, among other factors — has blanketed our … Continue reading

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Artificial Island is the First of Nine Proposed Floating Cultural Destinations in Copenhagen Harbor – Colossal

A tiny, man-made island floats near the center of Copenhagen Harbor. Rooted inside of the wooden platform is a single linden tree, which gives the 215-square-foot pentagon the appearance of a park rather than a stray dock. Australian architect Marshall … Continue reading

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