Exploring how cities inspire new ideas–and how new ideas change city life
The reason a privatized city is so much quicker and easier to build is not down to the inherent superiority of the free market, but because it removes power from people and communities and centralizes it into the hands of one person or corporation.
If imagined cities are an easy shorthand for the world of tomorrow, then the ways we talk about the cities that are being built is a way of understanding the world we already have.
Utilities, deliveries, welfare, and more all depend on having an address–so what can you do if your home doesn’t have one?
Urban areas are not built for women, and artists have long been adept at pointing this out.
Major European cities like Madrid could soon be facing a new existential threat.
The hustle and bustle of living in cities has measurable impacts on mental health–but greenery may be an antidote.
Daily life in Pakistan’s second-largest city is overrun with barbed wire, CCTV, and dolphin squads.
Can urban farms really help fight climate change and make room for animals at the same time?
Remote working is easier than ever before across the world–but it has impacts on cities as well as workers.
Think that putting plants on top of buildings will solve our urban environmental problems? Think again.
Social spaces are the beating heart of our cities–and a constant source of conflict and tension.
The built environment constantly reinvents itself–and “swarm cities” could be its next manifestation
Doesn’t every city dweller deserve somewhere to grow their own food, even if it’s just a bucket?
Treasure Hill could be a prototype for the future of sustainable urban living.
Smart glass, metal sponges, and more of the discoveries that will define where we live and work.
Reflections on living through an earthquake–and what to preserve and what to replace.
Communities beat out states when it comes to keeping you well.
Are technological, cultural, and environmental factors combining to disrupt the nation-state in favor of an ancient alternative?
A crash course in the ways cities influence new ideas–and how new ideas change city life.
It’s no use turning cities into data mines without putting human needs at the forefront.
Russia’s startups have a rich talent pool–but sanctions continue to define their chances for success.
International investors are about to gain access to a fertile and untouched tech market.
Estonia offers entrepreneurs e-residency in one of the world’s most progressive digital societies.
In the wake of the Eurozone crisis, startups in the Greek capital focusing on tourism are facing an uncertain future.
Crowdsourcing air quality readings could make life better for millions around the world.
How modern prisons foil old breakout techniques.
Reviving the Victorian craze for tiny greenhouses could help fight air pollution.
From drones to robots, technology is offering new ways to quickly respond to earthquakes.
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Major winter storms make it imperative for cities to develop better strategies for resilience.
The tech industry is at the heart of gentrification disputes in many cities–but it doesn’t have to be.
Competitions for designers who want to repair city infrastructure need buy-in from residents first.
Liberating public space and cleaning the environment
With people increasingly reading on ever-more-mobile devices, libraries need a reboot to stay relevant.
A new way to use drones for social good.
The benefits of smart cities need to be rolled-out gradually to be realistically delivered in our lifetimes.
The tallest new wood building is the world is 10 stories tall–and the next ones could go even higher.
Encouraging social interaction in cities through giant concrete parabola.
Monitoring a river to warn of floods using a grassroots data collection system.